New five-door Mini will go on sale in the UK in October, priced from £15,900, and will be pitched squarely at the Audi A1

The first five-door Mini hatchback has been built at the firm's Oxfordshire factory.

The new five-door Mini, which joins the already-launched three-door model when it goes on sale this October, is being built for the first time at Mini's Cowley site. The move is part of a £750 million investment programme across BMW's UK production sites, which started in 2011 and will finish next year.

Business secretary Vince Cable said the plan was "a further boost for the UK's manufacturing sector."

Priced from £15,900, BMW officials believe the five-door hatch could outsell the three-door by a factor of three to one, eventually accounting for around 150,000 units annually.

The five-door Mini is 161mm longer than the three-door model, and also offers an extra 15mm of headroom inside. One of the biggest gains has been upping the five-door's boot capacity to 278 litres, making it competitive against the Audi A1 - a model which Mini sees as its key rival.

Read more about the five-door Mini hatchback and see exclusive studio pictures, here.

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1 July 2014
I think if anyone actually bothers to take a good look at the A1 against the Mini, they will see that there is no comparison in build quality.
one is a properly put together supermini, the other a tackily built pastiche of an icon.
Actually the Mini has long had the Golf as a main competitor....a car from a completely different segment, which just shows that the buying public don't think in terms of segment....why should they. The Golf being the sensible & responsible choice the Mini some sort of attempt to look different/younger, hence the number of women of a certain age driving them!

1 July 2014
289 wrote:

......the Mini some sort of attempt to look different/younger, hence the number of women of a certain age driving them!

But why is it that at the weekends, their boyfriends/husbands always want to drive around in them?

1 July 2014
289 wrote:

Actually the Mini has long had the Golf as a main competitor.... etc

What planet are you living on. That's like saying an E-Class estate has long had the Golf as a main competitor. The Mini has always been cheaper than the Golf, has only ever come in 2dr or 3dr, has always been smaller, has never had any luggage space to speak of, has always had limited rear leg room, etc. It's a competitor in the sense that both have four wheels and an engine.

289

1 July 2014
Sorry chum but you are wrong.
I have seen the data behind the customer behaviour stats.....it's an indisputable fact.

1 July 2014
289 wrote:

Sorry chum but you are wrong.
I have seen the data behind the customer behaviour stats.....it's an indisputable fact.

YOU'VE seen them! Oh well then, nobody can have cause to question it. But out of curiosity, you couldn't post the link to those stats could you? Customer behaviour - if I look at a Dacia then decide to buy a Rolls Royce, does that make them competitors?

289

2 July 2014
Sorry, unless you work for either VW Group of BMW/Mini you wont get to see this information, its not in the public domain.
And with regard to your second point, if you really believe behavioural monitoring is that simplistic these days, you are deluding yourself. Just go for a walk around your local supermarket and see how sophisticated this is!

1 July 2014
Have you actually sat inside the new mini? It is much better than the R56 I used to have. The mini is much more than just retro looks though, it is proper fun to belt about, something the A1, Quattro aside, lacks. The A1 may have a classy interior, but the rest of it is bland

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1 July 2014
@Superstevie
....Yes I have sat inside the new Mini, and of course it has some new razmataz going on in there, but you don't have to look too far to see that the build quality is still tacky.
I don't judge you for not liking the Audi range, everyone is an individual after all and thank god for that. But your views are obviously not popularly shared - given Audi's continues explosive success.

1 July 2014
Why is it that almost every MINI related piece on this website seems to provoke such hostility and blind prejudice from some contributors? Regarding the name: MINI is a brand, not a size descriptor, so get over it! Regarding build quality, whilst even the new F56 model might not be quite on a par with the A1, it's not far off and is a much better drive. I know: I've driven both and bought a new Cooper, which is almost as much fun to drive as my Boxster. As far as I am aware, Autocar are not normally in the habit of awarding 4 1/2 stars to "a tackily built pastiche..." If people choose to buy something "different", then let them do so without firing gratuitous ageist and sexist insults at them. What a dull place it would be if we were all to drive round in identikit Euro or Asian hatchbacks. Although I live in the UK, I'm not British, but I am unashamedly proud to drive a modern, successful British car.

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1 July 2014
....wasn't aware that I was being hostile, and my comments are certainly not through 'Blind' (as you put it) prejudice. It is qualified and unbiased opinion.
I haven't been sexist or ageist here .....merely stating facts.
I am glad you enjoy your 'British/Bavarian Mini' and that you find it almost as much fun as your Boxster,, I would never deride someone for their individual choice because they bought something 'different'.....god knows I am not a person to be swayed by popular opinion!
No, my beef is that the Mini is just as you say- "a Brand", which means it is hanging on the shirt tails of a car which broke barriers and engineering received wisdom. BMW's mini does none of these things and is quite frankly still tackily built whatever you may say...I stand by that statement.
Autocar have previous for overlooking failings on brands they 'like', so I don't put much store in the 4.5 stars....coincidentally Autocar's sister publication WhatCar was a little less generous with their ratings and are known to be less biased.

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