Drivers warn Aussies about MG3: ‘Deserve to be in hell’
Outspoken Australians have gone wild over the MG3, a Chinese-made car that is skyrocketing the sales chart across the country.
Normm Jean wrote a scathing review of the MG3, which can be had for $18,990 drive-away, which is the cheapest price for a new car in Australia.
MG debuted as one of Australia’s best-selling brands in March 2022 and has maintained its place in the top 10 thanks to strong sales of its three models.
The MG3 is now the best-selling car in its segment.
The car is available in three specifications, the Core priced at $18,990, the Core with navigation at $19,400, and the Excite, which retails for $20,490.
Mr Jean said he was “unlucky” enough to take the Excite model for a test drive and quickly determined that he and the car were mismatched.
Outspoken Aussies have lashed out at a car currently taking the country by storm as one driver describes the vehicle as a ‘truly lousy car’ (pictured, the MG3 Excite in white)
One MG3 owner described it as a “truly lousy car” and said people had better buy a used car. Pictured is an image of a man driving a car
“The saleswoman told me she didn’t think I would like it when she gave me the keys to the Excite demo model, so we weren’t off to a good start,” he said.
Mr Jean explained that he was around 177cm tall and “not a giant”, but struggled to find a comfortable position in the tailgate.
“Not to mention the rattles a 50k car shouldn’t have,” he said.
The car enthusiast complained that there was only one cup holder, no digital speedometer and the sun visors were too small.
“The A-pillar plastic is so badly fitted that it doesn’t line up properly with the windshield,” he said.
He said that in 2019, the MG3 Excite sold for $17,490 drive-away.
‘The exact car is now $20,490. It has not been updated or refreshed. He just saw his price go up. I told my friend it was a bunch of crap and went back to the dealership.
For most of its history, MG has been associated with British open-top roadsters, but that changed with the collapse of Rover in 2005, which saw Chinese state-owned group SAIC take over (pictured, l Scottish actor Ewan McGregor with a classic 1962 MGA)
“In conclusion, if the MG3 was $12,990 road, I would buy one without hesitation. Because it’s so cheap, who cares?
Take the wheels off and send it to the wreckers when it’s stuffed. But there’s no way on earth I’m spending $21,000 on this car.
Mr Jean told Daily Mail Australia that the car’s popularity was due to the reputation MG gained in the 1960s as the maker of a classic English sports car.
For most of its history, MG – also known as Morris Garages – was associated with open-top British roadsters, but that changed with the collapse of Rover in 2005, which saw Chinese state-owned group SAIC take over.
Since then, MG has become synonymous with Chinese-made SUVs and economy hatchbacks – a far cry from its 1924 origins as a sports car badge.
“It’s based on the badge,” he said.
“If you take the MG badge away from them, they’re just cheap Chinese cars, similar to a 2004 Hyundai Getz.”
‘The 1.5 engine and 4-speed auto deserve to be in hell. It’s slow, and I mean slow. I can only compare it to a 1.2 Kia Picanto, but even that felt better.
“But by far the worst thing for me, I couldn’t lower the seat, or raise the steering wheel high enough that I was even within comfortable distance.”
Normm Jean posted a scathing review of the MG3 Excite (seen here in blue), which can be had for $20,490 on the ‘S*** Cars of Australia’ Facebook page
Another motorist who asked to remain anonymous described the MG3 Excite as a “really hateful car” and said people better buy a used car.
“There’s a place for these types of cars, for people who want to get from A to B and don’t really care about a car or a brand,” he said.
“However, to charge $21,000 for a car of this quality, it is better to buy a used Corolla, Yaris or Mazda 2.
“They’re what I feel like a very expensive throwaway car that’s been disguised as something cheap and cheerful.”
MG has previously said buyers also don’t care that it’s Chinese-owned and built in China – and sales are skyrocketing across the country as the vehicle comes with a warranty seven years on unlimited mileage.
A spokesman for MG told Daily Mail Australia that by becoming the number one seller in the segment, it has beaten new vehicle rivals.
“The continued popularity of the MG3 is a testament to the number of Australians who have found this model to suit their needs, both in terms of style and performance,” they said.
“Plus, for your peace of mind, the MG comes with a full seven-year unlimited mileage warranty and access to over 100 dealerships in Australia and New Zealand.”
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Mr Lenartic said buyers also did not care that it was Chinese-owned and built despite Communist President Xi Jinping’s trade sanctions against Australia.
“Country of origin for me today is not as important as the core values that the people behind the brand stand for,” he said.
“MG’s history has always been a value brand, so it’s always been the affordable sports car, that’s how it gained its popularity.
“In reality, the core values of MG have not changed – for me, we have retained this identity.”
MAIN FEATURES OF MG3
The MG3 Auto offers value, personality and, above all, style.
It comes in three specifications:
MG MG3 AUTO CORE – FROM $18,990
• 15 inch alloy wheels
• Rear parking sensors
• Rear view camera
• “London Eye” LED daytime running lights
• 4-speaker audio system with Yamaha 3D sound field
• Leather-trimmed steering wheel with contrast stitching
• Seats trimmed in tartan fabric
• 1.5L engine
• 8-inch color infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay™
MG MG3 AUTO CORE WITH NAV – FROM $19,490
KEY FEATURES IN ADDITION TO MG MG3 AUTO CORE:
• Satellite navigation
MG MG3 AUTO EXCITE – FROM $20,490
KEY FEATURES IN ADDITION TO MG MG3 AUTO CORE WITH NAV:
• 16-inch two-tone machined alloy wheels
• Body-colour exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals
• 6-speaker audio system with Yamaha 3D sound field
• Rear spoiler