What is it?
The new five-door Mini hatchback, driven here in oilburning Cooper D form and on UK roads for the first time.
Mini is targeting a more grown-up demographic with this five-door variant. It is designed to appeal to those with more than one child or another need for more boot space and improved access to the rear seats.
To accommodate those extra doors Mini has extended the hatchback’s length to 3982mm, making it 161mm longer than the three-door version. It’s also extended the wheelbase by 72mm, while the seats-up boot capacity has grown from 211 litres to 278 litres.
That length pushes the five-door Mini not only into competition with models like the Audi A1 Sportback, Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta, but also very close to family hatchback champions like the VW Golf.
As you’d expect, the five-door looks similar on the outside to the well-received three-door model. The floating roof in particular continues to help the car stand out among its rivals, while design elements like Mini’s round headlight clusters and new front grille give the car a premium look.
That upmarket theme continues inside, too, where both quality and equipment levels are good. The standard specification includes a DAB radio, USB port and Bluetooth connectivity, keyless go and electric windows all-round.
The addition of a five-door model also opens up the Mini hatchback to corporate buyers, many of whom won’t have considered the brand before. To that end, sub-100g/km CO2 emissions on the One D and Cooper D variants should help Mini get its five-door into fleets.
So how much is it? The five-door commands a £600 premium over the equivalent three-door model, meaning the range starts at £14,350 for the One and rises to £20,050 for a top-spec Cooper SD.
This Cooper D has a list price of £17,050, but a long list of optional extras – including heated front seats, sat-nav, dual-zone climate control and 17-inch alloy wheels instead of the standard 16s – took the total cost of our test vehicle to £22,210.