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mg3 sports sh show Im Considering an MG3A while back I test drove the MG3 and the Chevrolet Aveo within a few weeks of each other, it was hard to decide which car was the better model but the history behind the MG brand was hard to forget. Last week, with the onset of winter, it was decided that I should buy a third car. My father in law moved closer to us and took a liking to my wife’s car, so that was gone, then my wife found a new job some 40km from our home so she takes my car every day.

Ive been relegated to either walking, bicycle or taxis, the first two are rather uncomfortable in winter. I went to tour the barren wastelands of Japanese dealerships this weekend, Nissan had more staff than customers, Toyota staff were eager but they had nothing in their stable for me and Chang’an Mazda staff looked ready for suicide, only the Mazda 3 and its goofy face seemed to be happy. The 1.6T Hyundai Veloster is screaming buy me, but on the other hand the Nissan Tiida 1.6T is cheaper and packs a similar punch, although it doesn’t have the suspension or design to match. Hyundai pricing is holding steady but Nissan pricing could potentially fall if Chinese consumers keep their money out of Japanese brands. Here’s hoping for some discounts.

And then there’s MG. I test drove the MG5 last week with the 1.5L and 4sp automatic. The same 1.5L in the MG3 makes it pull fairly well but in the MG5 it feels wheezy and out of breath pulling around increased weight, the MG5 is easily the best MG in terms of quality to date however! The MG3 is cheap, cheerful and reasonably powerful for its size, it also has the all important 5-Star CNCAP result as well. The MG3, or MSG Flea as its nicknamed, is circa 100,000RMB, the Tiida is about 150,000RMB and the Veloster Turbo around 180k, once you add in taxes, license plates and insurance you need to add another 30% at least. So do I buy an MSG Flea, add on some suitably sized wheels and a large exhaust to live the boy racer dream? Im thinking yes, unless of course Nissan instigate some savage cuts in the next few months to hit their 12 month goal for the Chinese market.

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21 Comments

  • Head Honcho
    November 6, 2012

    I would have to pass on any automatics. My friend has the 1.8 turbo magotan with the DCT and it feels gutless. My car feels faster. An automatic steals the soul of any car.

  • Ash
    November 7, 2012

    The 1.8T is maybe a little lifeless but the 2.0T is okay. Same for Audi applications too.

    I wouldnt have anything but an automatic in China. Semi Automatics are probably the best compromise for when you do want to have some gear changing fun, but I am certainly allergic to clutches whilst I stay in the borders of the PRC, or East Asia.

  • Head Honcho
    November 7, 2012

    The only fun thing about driving in China is driving like you just stole the car you are in. You need a clutch for that for sure. Otherwise it isn’t much fun.

  • Ash
    November 7, 2012

    You should have been driving here a decade ago, then it was FUN!

  • Anon
    November 8, 2012

    Good that you’re supporting a British brand, even if not made in the UK or UK owned.

    Hopefully these will be produced in Longbridge soon, the jobs are much needed…

  • Gerald
    November 12, 2012

    The MG3 does seem to be a great value. I’m looking forward to reading about your final decision.

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