Not long after its global reveal, the 2024 MG 3 has gone on sale in Australia with first deliveries due to commence soon. Priced from $23,990 plus on-road costs, the new MG 3 is now $5,000 more expensive at the bottom of the range but the new model features significantly more standard equipment – especially safety equipment – more technology and an optional 155kW hybrid drivetrain with claimed fuel consumption of just 4.3L/100km.

“The MG3 has been redesigned from the ground up and sets a new standard for hybrid and small petrol vehicles in Australia.”

“MG has brought together a brilliant mix of affordability, range and quality for Australian drivers in the all-new MG 3 range.” – Peter Ciao, MG Motor Aus CEO

Measuring 4,113mm long, 1,797mm wide, 1,502mm tall and riding on a 2,570mm long wheelbase, the 2024 MG 3 is 58mm longer, 68mm wider, 2mm shorter and features a 50mm-longer wheelbase than the previous model.

Its 293-litre boot expands to 983L with the rear seat folded.

Under the bonnet of the 2024 MG 3 is the choice of two drivetrains that use a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. The naturally aspirated option makes 81kW/142Nm, while the hybrid uses a 75kW/128Nm tune of the engine that’s then mated to a 100kW electric motor and a 1.8kWh battery for 155kW of combined power and a claimed 0-100km/h sprint time of 8.0 seconds.

Both drivetrains are front-wheel drive and while the petrol uses a CVT auto, the hybrid uses a three-speed (yep, that’s not a typo) automatic that’s mixed in with the electric motor. As for fuel consumption, the hybrid is rated at 4.3L/100km on the combined cycle (with claimed CO2 emissions of 100g/km) and the petrol at 6.0L/100km – the latter a 0.7L/100km improvement on the previous MG 3’s claim. The hybrid uses 95RON premium unleaded, while the petrol uses regular unleaded.

2024 MG 3 dashboard

But while the 2024 MG 3 features more sophisticated drivetrains, its big improvement is in its now-standard suite of active safety equipment, none of which was available on the previous model. Features now standard across the range like auto emergency braking (AEB), lane keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and auto high beam weren’t available at all on the previous model, and a lot of which still aren’t available on the larger MG 5.

Other equipment on the entry-level MG 3 Excite includes an electronic handbrake, heated and auto-folding mirrors, a 10.25-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rear air vents and four USB ports. The upper-spec Essence adds a 360-degree camera, LED headlights, MG’s ‘iSmart’ infotainment system with live services, digital radio and even automatic rain-sensing wipers.

2024 MG 3 360-degree camera

2024 MG 3 Excite standard equipment:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels with a space saver spare (tyre repair kit on the hybrid)
  • Dusk-sensing automatic projector halogen headlights
  • Rear fog light
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Intermittent wipers
  • Heated and auto-folding mirrors
  • Remote central locking with push button start
  • Fabric upholstery
  • Height-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Single-zone manual air-conditioning with rear air vents (automatic climate control in hybrid models)
  • 7.0-inch driver’s display
  • 10.25-inch infotainment screen
  • Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth phone and audio streaming
  • AM/FM radio
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • 4x USB ports
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Drive mode selection (hybrid)
  • Circular gear selector (hybrid)

MG 3 safety equipment:

  • Six airbags (2x front, 2x front side, 2x curtain)
  • Auto emergency braking (AEB)
  • Lane keeping assistance with lane departure warning
  • Adaptive cruise control with lane trace assist and traffic jam assist
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Auto high beam
  • Intelligent speed limit assist
  • Unsteady driving warning
  • Tyre pressure monitoring
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Reversing camera
  • Low-speed pedestrian exterior sound (hybrid only)
2024 MG 3 rear seat

MG 3 Essence adds:

  • Projector LED headlights
  • 360-degree camera
  • Synthetic leather and cloth upholstery
  • Synthetic leather armrest and door trim
  • Automatic rain-sensing wipers
  • Sunroof
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Smart key entry and exit
  • DAB+ digital radio
  • Satellite navigation
  • Access to MG’s ‘iSmart’ smartphone app
  • Rear cabin reading lights
  • Roof-mounted sunglasses holder

MG 3 colour range:

  • Pastel Yellow
  • Dover White
  • Sloane Silver Metallic: $700
  • Black Pearl Metallic: $700
  • Hampstead Grey Metallic: $700
  • Diamond Red Metallic: $700
  • Brighton Blue Metallic: $700
2024 MG 3 boot

2024 MG 3 pricing (plus on-road costs):

  • 1.5L petrol Excite: $23,990
  • 1.5L petrol Essence: $25,990
  • 1.5L hybrid Excite: $27,990
  • 1.5L hybrid Essence: $29,990
2024 MG 3

The new MG 3 is due in local MG dealerships soon, with local deliveries to commence then. Stay tuned to DiscoverAuto for the latest automotive news and reviews.

About The Author

Jake is the veteran automotive journalist in the DiscoverAuto team having been in the industry since 2017. His first word was Volvo, he nitpicks every piece of practical design and has an unhealthy obsession for cars that feature rain-activated headlights.

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