New MINI five-door revealed

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.

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


MINI hatchback review
MINI Cooper 5 door 2018 header

MINI hatchback review

The latest MINI offers the quality and driver appeal of a baby BMW, but the design is becoming caricatured
28 Sep 2020
Commemorative MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition launched

Commemorative MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition launched

Special edition MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition pays homage to the Monte Carlo-winning 1964 classic
21 Sep 2020
New MINI Electric 2020 review
MINI MINI Hatchback

New MINI Electric 2020 review

The new British-built MINI Electric will appeal to anyone who loves the way a standard MINI drives and looks, although the 144-mile electric range mig…
28 May 2020
Best small cars to buy in 2020
These days, small cars offer much more than their size suggest. Take a look at the best of the bunch below.
Best cars & vans

Best small cars to buy in 2020

Small cars come in all kinds of shapes, if not sizes. Here we highlight the best new small cars on sale
18 Mar 2020

Most Popular

New 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport turns up the wick to 296bhp
Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback

New 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport turns up the wick to 296bhp

The new Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport adds more power and gets an aero overhaul
13 Oct 2020
New Land Rover Discovery Sport PHEV 2020 review
Land Rover Discovery Sport

New Land Rover Discovery Sport PHEV 2020 review

The Land Rover Discovery Sport P300e plug-in hybrid promises 135mpg and an all-electric range of 38 miles, but does it deliver?
21 Oct 2020
Car exhaust smoke explained
British Steam Car
Tips & advice

Car exhaust smoke explained

Is your car suffering from a smoky exhaust? Our troubleshooting guide tells you the causes and what you need to do to fix it
22 Oct 2020