The Mini 5-door hasn’t lost any of the 3-door’s charm – it’s a dream to drive. Just don’t expect it to be all that comfortable, especially on rough roads
You can get the Mini 5-door with five petrol and three diesel engines and with either a manual or automatic gearbox.
The best all-round engine is the 136hp 1.5-litre petrol in Cooper models. It suits the Mini’s sporty reputation best, feels more spritely than the diesels and settles into a relatively quiet cruise. It’ll still return a fairly frugal 50mpg, too.
If you regularly travel long distances, pick a 116hp Cooper D diesel model. It’s a little noisier than the petrol versions but it’s slightly faster than the 95hp One D diesel model and returns almost the same fuel economy. Expect to see around 65mpg if you go easy on the accelerator.
It’s not just the Mini’s styling that comes from the past, it delivers buckets of old-school charm in the handling department, too
You can also get the 5-door in Cooper S and Cooper S Works guises. These hot hatchbacks can sprint from 0-62mph in as little as 6.9 seconds but they’ll cost more to run than their slightly slower siblings.
All models come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard but you can upgrade to a £1,270 automatic across the range. It changes gear smoothly and rapidly – helping take the stress out of long journeys and traffic jams in the process. It’s a worthwhile upgrade if you spend lots of your time driving around town.
The Mini puts a great big smile on your face, even before you set off. The fighter-jet-style engine start button makes every journey feel a bit more special than in some more humdrum hatchbacks.
On rough roads, the Mini’s slightly stiff suspension will have you bouncing around in your seat but the fantastically direct steering and immense grip it offers means you can dart around potholes like a well-guided pinball.
The optional £375 adaptive suspension offers a better balance between comfort and handling but the Mini’s still a little firm, even in comfort mode.
You’ll find it’s a little noisy at motorway speeds, too. There’s quite a lot of tyre roar and the pillar between the windscreen and front doors creates a slightly annoying whistling sound at high speeds.
Visibility is good and there aren’t too many large blind spots to worry about. The Mini’s relatively small size means it’s pretty easy to park, too – especially if you fit the optional £260 rear parking sensors.
The 3-door Mini received a four-star safety rating from Euro NCAP when it was tested in 2014. The testing procedures have been made significantly stricter since then, however, so the mechanically similar 5-door model will offer slightly less protection than newer five-star-rated models such as the Nissan Micra.
If safety is your main concern, the optional £440 Driver Assistance pack is well worth the extra money. Not only does it offer traffic sign recognition and headlights that’ll dip themselves but it comes with automatic emergency city braking to help prevent low-speed collisions.