In a four-model line-up, starting at around £8400 for the lightly equipped 3Time, no 3 will set you back more than £10,500.
That makes the range-topping 3Style – a car with cruise control, automatic lights and wipers and reverse parking sensors – appear better at face value than not just the Polo, Clio, Fiesta, Ibiza, Corsa et al but also much of the opposition in the city car segment below.
It is tempting, given the price, to opt for the range-topper. However, MG reckons the 3Form Sport will be the most popular option and, given the decent kit list, that's fine, too. Avoid the lairy graphics packs if you ever plan to resell the car, though.
Clearly, the rub is that buyers will not encounter quite the same standard across the board that they might expect from an established brand. Leaving aside the obvious differences in interior finish and sophistication already covered, the 3’s unsophisticated petrol motor is going to make it more expensive to run.