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MG 3 - £8,399

In its sixties heyday, MG was famed for producing fun cars at affordable prices. And that’s exactly what the reborn company is trying to rekindle with the smart-looking and great-value MG3 hatch.

The MG3 will be a big factor in the success of the relaunched MG brand in the UK. The MG6, a larger family car, has seen fairly slow sales since it was introduced, so the MG3 is a make-or-break car for the resurrected British brand that's now owned by Chinese company SAIC.

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The smart styling, spacious interior and customisation options (similar to the Fiat 500 and MINI hatch) for new buyers make a great first impression. However it's the low starting price that will attract the most new customers: the entry-level MG3 Time model costs less than £8,500, 3 Form trim is priced at around £9,000 (3 Form Sport is a little higher) and even the range-topping 3 Style costs less than £10,000. That means potential used car buyers might be tempted - it offers the advantages of a new car with the price of a second-hand model.

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