£14,675 - £28,340 Price range
47 - 80 MPG
The Mini 5-door is the newest addition to the Mini range and it fills the gap for a small 5-door family car that was missing from the company model range. Main rivals are the Audi A1 Sportback, VW Polo and Ford Fiesta.
Inside the Mini is well built with high quality materials that are soft to the touch and don’t feel flimsy to operate. There is increased room for passengers and a bigger boot compared to the three-door model and rear doors make it easier to mount a child seat in the back. Rumours suggest the brand is plotting to launch a Mini Saloon in the near future. This model should feature even more interior space and a larger boot than the 5-door.
Driving the Mini is described by reviewers as fun and go-kart like and many note that they hardly felt the increased weight of the new car. Body roll is almost non existent and critics note that the Mini is quiet enough for a short motorway drive.
Engine choice is broad and all of the engines are recommendable for different uses. There aren’t any bad choices but for economy the 1.5-litre three-cylinder diesel is best and for performance – the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol.
There are five equipment and three styling packs to choose from and an optional extra list that can envy the one of the BMW 3 Series. You can even get a head up display (HUD) and the infotainment system is BMW meaning it’s very advanced. All models are priced competitively but options can add a lot to the price. Read on for our in-depth review to find out if this is the new car for you.
The front of the cabin remains unchanged for the 5-door and what you get is nicely built and feels premium to the touch. The old, large and not really useful speedometer, is replaced by a brilliant infotainment system borrowed from BMW and sharing the same iDrive controller, but with a few Mini touches. The position of the controller, on the floor between the seats, makes it difficult to navigate the menus without having to take your eyes off the road.
Mini 5-door passenger space
The added centimetres to the Mini’s length have all gone to the back seats and the boot. There is now space in the rear for two adults to sit comfortably and the boot is bigger than the three-door version.
Mini 5-door boot space
Boot capacity is still below class average and is beaten by the VW Polo by two litres. The Mini 5-door has a false boot floor that has won many admirations from testers. The rear doors are quite small and they offer narrow access to the rear seats – especially for the feet.
Access to the rear seats over the three-door is much easier and putting a child seat is effortless with ISOFIX mounting on all rear seats. Not much is said by reviewers about the front seats but one noted that they are grippy and hold you in place just fine. They also offer adjustments not found on rivals such as the Ford Fiesta.
Many of the prospective buyers of the Mini 5-door will be pleased to hear that it still drives like a proper Mini – nimble and fun. Roadholding in corners is helped by an electronic differential and there are selectable driving modes that transform the character of the car. The only thing that remains through all the driving modes is the firm suspension that many reviewers note as too hard for their liking. The ride is even worse if you spec it with larger wheels.
The Cooper and Cooper S variants with either petrol or diesel are our recommendation for best driving feel and they are fast enough for most occasions – the diesel Cooper SD can take on any current performance hatchback and still return reasonable miles per gallon.
There is little criticism on how the Mini 5-door handles, but reviewers note that the steering is lacking in feel. Refinement is high for a superMini and motorway driving is quiet.
The engine choice is the same for the 5-door as it is for the three-door – all of the engines are three-cylinder except the top of the range Cooper S and SD having four-cylinder units.
Mini 5-door petrol engines
The petrol options range from a cheap-to-run 1.2-litre three-cylinder in the One to a 192hp, exhaust popping, 2.0-litre turbocharged unit in the Cooper S. The low power 1.2-litre is described by reviewers as lively, fuel efficient and with a useable power band. It does 61mpg combined and costs only £20 a year to tax.
Mini 5-door diesel engines
The diesels are the sensible choice offering both fuel economy and fun. Most are three-cylinder, meaning they have a characterful sound. If you opt for the Cooper SD model you get a respectable 266lb ft from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder BMW diesel and coupled with the automatic transmission, that always keeps the engine in the optimal power-band, overtaking is effortless. The 0-62mph sprint is completed in just 7.3 seconds – very quick for a diesel in this class. This engine would be our pick.
The Mini 5-door hasn’t been tested by Euro NCAP yet, but the three-door gets high scores on all tests with passenger and child safety standing out as very good. Neck protection for occupants is also excellent.
In terms of safety kit, the Mini 5-door comes equipped with a lot of stability and traction programs and there is low-speed automatic braking when the car senses an impending impact. Active pedestrian protection is also available on the Mini 5-door – in the event of the car hitting a pedestrian it pops the bonnet up so that it provides a crumple zone and protects the pedestrian from hitting the windscreen. There are six airbags and the current speed limit can be displayed on the infotainment screen.
The Mini 5-door is really good on running costs – tax is cheap, engines are economical and residual values are some of the highest in sector. 80mpg is achievable with the Cooper D and it is free to tax. The brand, however, carries a premium and the prices are slightly higher than those of a more practical rival like the VW Polo.
Mini 5-door equipment
There are five equipment packs to choose from and each is tastefully specced. The Pepper pack gets you automatic air conditioning and a rain sensor and the Chili pack gets you leather seats and a multifunction wheel. The higher level packages Media XL and John Cooper Works get a navigation system, a dark headliner and a leather steering wheel. Optional extra list is huge and equally expensive and if not careful you could end up with a Mini costing as much as a Volkswagen Golf.
MINI SEVEN SPECIAL EDITION
The special edition Mini Seven is available as an upgrade to Cooper S, Cooper D and Cooper SD models. It comes with the option of exclusive Lapisluxury Blue paintwork with a contrasting silver roof and silver racing stripes with optional brown highlights. Unique 17-inch alloy wheels feature as standard. The interior comes fitted with part leather trim, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a 6.5-inch infotainment system display and LED interior lighting. The Mini Seven costs from £19,145.
Minis are not bought after careful consideration of all the pros and cons and cross referencing with rivals – they are bought by heart and emotion. As a result the Mini 5-door should not be judged by its practicality and value for money, but rather by how much fun it is and whether it still meets the current Mini ethos – to be an object of desire for people that want to stand out from the crowd. And it does those two quite well.