The Mini 5-Door is a more practical version of the Mini 3-Door with a bigger boot and more useful rear seats – but it’s still uncomfy over bumps and alternatives have more interior space
*Exterior photos are of the pre-facelift 2017 model
You can think of the Mini 5-Door as a slightly more practical version of the regular three-door Mini. It went on sale in 2014 and was updated in 2018 with restyled headlights and brake lights with union jack emblems, as well as revised infotainment and some extra personalisation options.
It still gets your usual cool retro Mini style, although the addition of rear doors means it’s not quite as sporty looking as the three-door – but there are some upsides.
The first one is inside. You get a well-built dashboard with lots of solid-feeling plastics and leather touches in high-spec models. The standard infotainment screen is not only easy to use on the move thanks to its control knob on the centre console, but it’s ringed by a light strip that changes colour and animates depending on what screen you’ve left the infotainment system on.
Speaking of which, you’ll want to upgrade to the top-spec infotainment system – the entry-level 6.5-inch screen is okay, but the bigger 8.8-inch screen is bigger, clearer and just more becoming of the Mini’s posh feel.
You really notice the difference between the five-door Mini and the three-door when it comes to the back seats – they’re much easier to access and there’s a bit more room for your passengers once they’re back there. Boot space is also 30-per-cent bigger than in the normal Mini too, but an Audi A3 Sportback’s luggage space is much bigger still.
The extra pair of doors give the Mini a bit more practicality, but this still isn’t a hugely roomy family car
Despite its extra practicality, the Mini 5-door is just fun to drive as the three-door version – the direct steering helps it feel nimble, and the sporty suspension means there’s very little lean, which gives you extra confidence when you’re on a twisty road. It isn’t such good news on lumpy roads, though – that sporty suspension doesn’t iron out bumps as well as the BMW 1 Series or Audi A3 Sportback.
You get a good choice of engines in the Mini – the best all-rounder is the 1.5-litre petrol which has a good blend of economy and performance. If you plan on using all five seats and all the boot space for lots of long journeys then go for the 1.5-litre Cooper D diesel – it’s more economical on long trips than the petrol options.
Whichever you pick, you can rest assured knowing you’re covered by Mini’s latest safety systems – meaning that the 5-door is a good family car, so long as you can live with its compromised boot space and comfort compared to other premium alternatives.