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Fun, practical and economical – and the addition of two extra doors means families can now enjoy the Mini hatchback too

Our Verdict

Mini Cooper 5-door hatch

Third-generation Mini hatchback comes with a range of new engines, more equipment and a practical five-door shape, but is it stretching the Mini name too far?

Darren Moss
25 September 2014

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 SportbackVolkswagen 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.

What's it like?

The simple answer is that it is very much like the three-door Cooper D, except with more space.

In almost every respect, this five-door Mini performs and handles like the three-door model we drove earlier this year. Its 114bhp 3-cylinder 1.5-litre diesel engine is bursting with torque, and emits a pleasing burble low down in the rev range. Mini quotes a 0-62mph sprint time of 9.4 seconds, and a top speed of 126mph.

The car handles in an engaging fashion, but it has the same firm ride that's prevalent in this latest generation of Mini. Happily, though, one of the few criticisms we had of the three-door Cooper D – that the car could become unsettled on undulating surfaces – seems to have been cured by lengthening the wheelbase.

There’s still the same sense of urgency when driving the Mini at speed, helped by the addition of selectable driving modes in our test car. There’s little difference between Normal and Green modes, but in Sport the steering becomes heavier and sharper, and there’s an improved throttle response.

Problems? Well, while those rear doors aid access to the rear they are small, so getting in and out with grace if you’re an adult may take some practice. Legroom is at a premium in the rear, too, and while there is a middle seat don’t expect anyone other than a child to be using it.

There are no such problems with headroom, which is generous throughout, and as we’ve noted previously the new Mini’s interior is smartly styled, intuitive to operate and feels well built.

Should I buy one?

Yes, because despite there being cheaper five-door hatchback alternatives to the Mini on sale in the UK – a 1.5-litre TDCi five-door Ford Fiesta in Style specification costs just £14,295, for example – there are few which offer the same sense of enjoyment.

The Mini might not have previously been a natural family hatchback choice but this version, thanks to its improved practicality, is now certainly a strong contender in that marketplace.

Mini Cooper D five-door

Price £17,050; 0-62mph 9.4sec; Top speed 126mph; Economy 78.5mpg; CO2 95g/km; Kerb weight 1190kg; Engine 3cyls, 1496cc, turbocharged, diesel; Power 114bhp at 4000rpm; Torque 199lb ft between 1750-2250rpm; Gearbox 6-speed manual

25 September 2014
The last one was by no means 100% favourable. Presumably BMW complained.

26 September 2014
Flatus senex wrote:

The last one was by no means 100% favourable. Presumably BMW complained.

Absolutely agree huge disparity in the two reviews.

Maybe BMW (sorry MINI) should have put all the 161mm extra length into the cabin and then the product may have filled its brief a lot better.

A34

25 September 2014
Wow, a near 30% uptick on price due to options? The sat nav is probably the only useful thing there, and frankly should be built-in for the extra £40 manufacturing cost... so when this sells in 3 yrs for £10K, depreciation will have been 63% but BMW will claim 41%? Ho hum!
Otherwise - nice car vs a bland A1, or district nurse Polo. Everyone else will buy a Fiesta... or a new Fabia.

25 September 2014
A34 wrote:

Wow, a near 30% uptick on price due to options? The sat nav is probably the only useful thing there, and frankly should be built-in for the extra £40 manufacturing cost... so when this sells in 3 yrs for £10K, depreciation will have been 63% but BMW will claim 41%? Ho hum!
Otherwise - nice car vs a bland A1, or district nurse Polo. Everyone else will buy a Fiesta... or a new Fabia.

You put your finger exactly on the way German controlled manufacturers play the depreciation game. Make everything a pricy "extra" and calculate depreciation on the base price without taking the cost of said extras into account. They all do it and it is about time potential customers (and motoring journalists) woke up.

I would only disagree with your comment that this is a "nice car". IMHO it appears a lump. If you can make do with three doors there is a wider choice.

25 September 2014
Options list are a terrible rip off. £5k for heated seats, sat Nav, wheels and Dual zone AC. Of these only the last can be of real benefit, but I bet it's only available as part of a bundle with other options you may not need or want. Why would I want to pay extra for bigger wheels and ruin the ride in the process? Why would I want heated seats? I don't have heated seats at home or work or anywhere else and my arse is never cold. Sat nav? I, along with 90% of the population have this on my mobile phone for free and it works brilliantly.

 

25 September 2014
Leslie Brook wrote:

Options list are a terrible rip off. £5k for heated seats, sat Nav, wheels and Dual zone AC. Of these only the last can be of real benefit, but I bet it's only available as part of a bundle with other options you may not need or want. Why would I want to pay extra for bigger wheels and ruin the ride in the process? Why would I want heated seats? I don't have heated seats at home or work or anywhere else and my arse is never cold. Sat nav? I, along with 90% of the population have this on my mobile phone for free and it works brilliantly.

Actually, I've found MINI are pretty good with options, in that you can select practically everything thats in a pack individually, so you can just get what you want. Of course as you add more and more the packs can become financially beneficial, but you do have the choice. Unlike most other manufacturers MINI don't really have trim levels, just different engine choices, so you can basically trim any model up exactly as you want, and with nothing you don't want. And, so far at least, that means you don't have to suffer things the maker thinks you want (like privacy glass) as you move up the range.

25 September 2014
catnip wrote:

And, so far at least, that means you don't have to suffer things the maker thinks you want (like privacy glass) as you move up the range.

I have to say, there seems to be a lot of hate towards privacy glass, but it really does give an advantage, combined with an auto-dimming rear view mirror, of much more comfortable night-time driving. Lights are far less dazzling with the privacy glass, I find.


"Work hard and be nice to people"

25 September 2014
Leslie Brook wrote:

Sat nav? I, along with 90% of the population have this on my mobile phone for free and it works brilliantly.

You say free... unless you've got unlimited data on your phone (and even those are usually capped), you're always using data for sat nav, and data isn't free. That said, they do generally work well. My problem with the MINI is that they're so stingy on standard equipment, and this never seems to be reflected in magazine tests. To spec a 5-door MINI in a manner that is equivalent to my DS3, it adds up to around a £5,000 premium, even with some things such as the LED running lights omitted!


"Work hard and be nice to people"

25 September 2014
@leslie brook

That's the reason they're called options. You do not have to have them if you don't want them. If you do, you can buy them. Simples Personally I love heated heats. They're great on a cold scottish winters morning when the car hasn't heated up yet. current car doesn't have them, but it is high on my list of wants in my next car, along with sat nav.

And actually, the reason I want in built sat nav, rather than using the likes off google maps, is so that Google maps struggle with a limited or zero signal, as it's all done off the 4g signal. It's fine once you've set your destination, but if you are trying to set it with no signal, you will fail

25 September 2014
I'm sure this car drives really well, is economical and nicely put together, but... it just looks so bloated and downright ugly. I don't want a new car that looks vaguely like a 50 year old icon, I want a modern front-wheel-drive BMW. Let's hope the next 1-series does not disappoint.

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