New MINI five-door revealed

4 Jun, 2014 10:55pm Luke Madden

MINI has added a five-door version of its hatchback to its line-up for the very first time

MINI has introduced a five-door version of its standard hatchback model for the first time. There’s more to it than just squeezing in an extra pair of doors, though, with the new model boasting a longer wheelbase, more headroom and a bigger boot.

The UKL1 platform that the new MINI is based on can be easily stretched, and MINI has decided to increase the five-door’s wheelbase by 72mm. All of that goes in to increasing legroom, with buyers also getting a 15mm boost in headroom. There are three seats in the back for the first time, too, along with a boot that’s grown from 211 litres to 278 litres.

Designers have tried to keep the MINI three-door’s recognizable looks intact but it’s difficult to hide the fact this larger model just looks a little more dumpy. In profile, it’s almost like a lowered Countryman.

MINI five-door interior

The engine line-up is borrowed from the standard hatch but there’s a brand new Cooper SD variant, which is seen for the very first time in the five-door before becoming available in the three-door later this year.

It’s a 2.0-litre turbodiesel producing 170bhp, which is 29bhp up on the old 2.0-litre unit. With that extra power, the sprint from 0-62mph takes 7.4 seconds (7.3 with an auto gearbox), which is half-a-second quicker than the old three-door SD. Fuel economy is as high as 68.9mpg, with emissions as low as 107g/km.

The car in our pictures is the Cooper S, which gets the same 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine as in the standard hatch. It’s the quickest in the range, able to hit 62mph in 6.9 seconds with the manual gearbox and 6.8 seconds with the auto. Both those times are a tenth down on the three-door, which weighs in at 60kg less.

From launch, buyers can also pick a Cooper and a Cooper D, boasting petrol and diesel 1.5-litre engines respectively. The Cooper gets 134bhp, can sprint from 0-62mph in 8.2 seconds and will return 58.8mpg. Meanwhile, the Cooper D has 116bhp and is capable of 76.3mpg.

MINI hasn’t released any information on pricing for the new five-door model but insiders have told us to expect an increase of about £1,000 over the standard hatch. It’s just the next step in boosting the MINI range, with this car helping to boost sales in markets like the US. Following the release of the five-door, MINI will release a Clubman and a Convertible

Check out our drive verdicts on the new 3-door MINI, MINI CooperMINI Cooper D and MINI Cooper S

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This is definitely the way to go. This way it'll appear to those after that classic MINI style with an added dose of practicality although I'm not sure it'll beat it's rivals in this respect - it'll match them. Just.

There's an apt word in this article. "Dumpy".

Looks a bit like a Mini but with five doors...

The rear doors look a bit tight, more like access panels than doors.

Countryman, Clubman, Paceman... They must have thought: we need a new name that begins with a P... Mini Pukeman?

What a disgusting looking car !!!

Some amazingly ill informed comments. The car suits a longer 4 door far better than one might have guessed. Its a good looking good driving car. Presumably the convertable will be based on this extended platform. If I were BMW I would produce a swoopy roofed 'touring' 2 door version as well.
The larger Clubman now makes more sense and the Countryman will now fit on top of the range very nicely.
I am writing from Madiera at the moment and the number of Countrymans you see is surprising; the 4 door mini will export well.

That is so hilarious. Not.

I own a Clubman, so I'll leave it up to the reader to decide whether I have any right to comment on MINI aesthetics, but in pursuing mainstream appeal, I worry that the MINI will struggle against the opposition.
Viewed objectively, there are many cars that are both good to drive and extremely practical while being significantly cheaper (e.g. Fiesta), but the retro look of the MINI has always attracted buyers wanting something unusual and attractive. In my opinion, the new car's nose is ugly and this 5-door's proportions look wrong. And if it is £1,000 more than the 3-door, it makes the £500 charged by most manufacturers for an extra set of doors look like a bargain.

Let's hope a four-door version, with a proper boot, is on its way.

It's a little like the Fiat 500L which also looks dumpy and is a mistake. I fear that in the attempt to stretch the brand to suit all buyers, Mini will ultimately lose their brand kudos and end up known as the maker of strange looking and strangely expensive small cars. This is not a good looking car so why would the normal Mini buyer want a car that is associated with increasingly frumpy looking siblings. If they insist on going down this route maybe they should revive the Maxi name?

Find myself looking at pictures of the base, navy blue model quite a bit. I like it. Looking forward to seeing it in the flesh. If those rear seats aren't too ridiculous to sit in..who knows. I noticed that all of the videos use clever editing to avoid showing the difficulty of getting in and out of the rear. As usual, the S model snout looks silly.