Most significant addition to new Mini's line-up nears year-end launch, expected to significantly outsell three-door hatchback
Darren Moss
25 February 2014

BMW expects the new five-door Mini hatchback to significantly outsell the three-door model when it launches in the fourth quarter of this year.

Company officials say that if the new Mini follows the same sales path as other hatchbacks, the five-door variant could outsell the three-door by a factor of three to one soon after its launch. 

These latest spy shots show the five-door Mini is now nearing its final stages of development, with this mule wearing significantly less camouflage than previous models. The five-door Mini sits on the same platform as the bigger new Clubman, which is due to go on sale at the start of next year.

Styling wise, the five-door Mini is almost identical to its three-door sister car, which goes on sale in March. The addition of centre-mounted twin exhausts and a bonnet scoop to this test mule suggest this is the sportier Cooper S model.

Five-door Minis will borrow their engines directly from the three-door. That means a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol with 134bhp and 162lb ft of torque in the standard Cooper, while Cooper D variants will get a 1.5-litre three-cylinder diesel with 114bhp and 199lb ft. Top-end Cooper S models will feature a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 189bhp and 206lb ft.

A six-speed manual transmission will come as standard on the front-wheel-drive car, while a six-speed automatic will be optional on all models.

Mini has yet to confirm official pricing, but the five-door hatchback is expected to command a small premium over the equivalent three-door model, which starts at £15,300.

The three and five-door Mini hatchbacks will be joined by a new cabriolet model, due in September, as well as updated versions of the Countryman and Paceman in 2016. 

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25 February 2014
This has been up since this morning, and no one has commented that it is too big, too bloated, and not a proper mini. What on earth is going on??

25 February 2014
Look at the front overhang from the side of the current fiesta and then look again at this 3rd generation MINI from the same angle. Comparatively it seems small. We need to stop comparing the modern MINI with the size of the classic mini. Guess what? The focus is larger than the original escort. The modern 3-series is again larger than the original. In fact can you name a car that through several iterations hasn't got larger? As consumers we demand more space and safety and this impacts size so stop moaning.

25 February 2014
I agree. A polo is bigger than a mk1 golf. I have no issue with the size of a mini. Think it's a shame there isn't some creative use of space, like the original mini. I bought a cooper a couple of years ago, cracking fun to drive, and space was never an issue as a single guy. To me, how it drove was more important than how many liters of water the boot held

A34

11 March 2014
Just look at that photo again. Yep it's the Austin 1800 not the Austin Maxi this takes after... The new Mini Landcrab is here (soon)!

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