Shows signs of dynamic promise but lacks sophistication, especially in the cabin

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MG 3

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21 April 2011

So far so good then. It's probably the most credible Chinese cars to date. At more than 1.1 tonne, the 3 seems a tad overweight though. I do like the fact it has an automated manual 'box.

21 April 2011

The guys at Longbridge will be able to sort the Chassis out. I was speaking to Ian Podgson (Chief engineer MG) over the weekend and he is passionate about his work.

Cabin quality was criticised with the 6, but I thought it was fair quality. Depends on price.. I'd rather have it sell for less with the current plastics rather than bump up the price to improve it.

Let the MG/China bashing commence....

21 April 2011

Looks neat, as does the interior. If priced right, could, and should, do well

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21 April 2011

[quote PRODIGY]Cabin quality was criticised with the 6, but I thought it was fair quality. Depends on price.. I'd rather have it sell for less with the current plastics rather than bump up the price to improve it[/quote] Renault have been selling both a cheap and a quality version of the Clio dash, depending on spec. No reason why this could not also be done!

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21 April 2011

[quote superstevie][quote PRODIGY]Cabin quality was criticised with the 6, but I thought it was fair quality. Depends on price.. I'd rather have it sell for less with the current plastics rather than bump up the price to improve it[/quote] Renault have been selling both a cheap and a quality version of the Clio dash, depending on spec. No reason why this could not also be done![/quote]

Great idea! I never knew that about the Clio, but I was really impressed with the cabin and plastics in a (pre-facelift) Clio I drove in Spain 2 years ago - compared with the last gen Fiesta hire car my Dad had, it was like comparing chalk and cheese.

21 April 2011

Interesting test but one that's not particuarly relevant considering the development and time until we see it in the UK market. Yes, it is a good base but that's exactly what it is, a base.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

21 April 2011

'The easily marked, hard-to-the-touch plastics cannot match VW or Ford' Are Autocar being serious? Ford have good quality interiors? The Fiesta is just a mess of cheap plastics and the Mondeo is just lot's of shiny plastics and fake wood. VW do have good quality if boring interiors but Ford cannot be put in the same sentence with VW and quality.

21 April 2011

[quote PRODIGY] I never knew that about the Clio[/quote] Yeah, the Clio basic models & RS Cup gets the low rent interior, and the higher specs and standard RS gets the upmarket one with soft plastics etc

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21 April 2011

[quote timmmmy]VW do have good quality if boring interiors but Ford cannot be put in the same sentence with VW and quality.[/quote]

Not sure i entirely agree with that comment, a VW Golf I hired recently had very cheap quality plastics around the seat base. Not that it bothered me particularly.

This new MG is an interesting thing, its pretty much a Skoda Fabia Mk2 with a Skoda Fabia Mk1 dashboard. However its still a nice car visually and i can`t really see how it will date quickly. Love the 2 tone colour scheme BTW.

21 April 2011

[quote timmmmy]'The easily marked, hard-to-the-touch plastics cannot match VW or Ford' Are Autocar being serious? Ford have good quality interiors? The Fiesta is just a mess of cheap plastics and the Mondeo is just lot's of shiny plastics and fake wood. VW do have good quality if boring interiors but Ford cannot be put in the same sentence with VW and quality[/quote]

The fake wood in the Mondeo was nasty, but it has been dropped now. As for general Ford interior's, they're not a match for a VW, but they're not far off. After 3 years and over 40k my Focus is squeak free, plus the often criticised hard plastics lower in the cabin are wearing very well. I don't mind hard plastics in a car - it's practical, but they shouldn't scratch easily which seems to be the problem here.

As for this MG3 in general it seems more promising than the MG6 providing the price is right. I know it's only Autocar's estimate, but £14k is a lot even for a top spec model.

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