The latest member of the MINI family has been unveiled. The 5-Door Hatch is expected to add significant volume to the MINI’s production output from its Cowley factory, while extending the appeal of the range to growing families who don’t want to go for the larger Countryman model. Prices for the entry-level Cooper start at £15,910.
The new variant sits on a longer version of the MINI’s UKL platform, which boasts a 72mm lengthened wheelbase (to 2567mm). Overall length is up by 161mm up to 4011mm, which is near identical to the MG3, and boot space is up a useful 278 litres (up 67 litres). Most tellingly, the interior room is significantly improved for rear seat passengers and MINI claims that it’s roomier than its closest rival, the five-door Audi A1.
Practicality is vastly improved over the three-door, too – the enlarged boot has a false floor, as is featured in most small crossovers.
The MINI Five-Door Hatch comes with the same range of engines as the three-door F56 version, but also adds a new Cooper SD version. It’s powered by a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel version of the modular TwinPower engine and boasts 168bhp. Performance should be sprightly if the claimed 0-60mph time of 7.4 seconds is anything to go by. Combined Fuel Consumption is 68.9mpg.
In terms of styling, the longer nose of the F56 is balanced better by the longer wheelbase and, although it’s going to take time to get used to it, if MINI’s ambitious sales targets are accurate, then it will become familiar very quickly indeed.
Like the three-door, the MINI 5-door Hatch features technology new to its market sector. The 8.8in screen is the largest in its class, while the optional LED light ring for the central display provides multi-coloured visual feedback to the driver, depending on the driving mode being used. You can also have the option of LED headlights.
Unlike the previous generation of MINIs, the new Five-Door retains the three-door F56’s attention to aerodynamics. It features active cooling air flaps, extensive underbody trim and air ducting elements in the upper section of the C-posts. Drag coefficient is between 0.30 (MINI Cooper 5-door Hatch, MINI Cooper D 5-door Hatch) and 0.32 (MINI Cooper S 5-door Hatch) and 0.33 (MINI Cooper SD 5-door Hatch).
The five-door styling strongly evokes memories of the Issigonis XC9001 prototype of the late-1950s, as well as recalling the work done on four-door Minis between 1958 and 1962.
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