Although they have just recently launched their new MINI Hatch, MINI has now taken a step into almost the unknown with the autumn debut of the MINI 5-door Hatch - the first time in the history of the brand that the Hatch has been offered with two rear doors.
But there will be no let up at all with the driving fun and distinctive character that you get with the MINI, firmly established for years with the 3-door sibling.
Being longer, the 5-Door MINI Hatch gives more comfort inside for the legs of its inhabitants, and even allows for an extra (3rd) seat in the back row. There is also more headroom, elbow room and boot space with all measurements on the increase.
The rear backrest has a 60:40 split can be folded down, increasing the load volume to as much as 941 litres if required; and there are also numerous cupholders, cubby holes and storage space to make the journey that bit easier for driver and passengers.
The MINI Cooper S 5-door Hatch and the MINI Cooper SD 5-door Hatch are fitted with sport seats as standard (they are an option on other models) offering excellent lateral support and adjustable thigh support, as well as working alongside the instrument cluster on the steering column that displays road speed, engine speed and fuel level to give that sporty feel that you really want in a MINI. Just in case you thought you were in a different car.
But it is still unmistakably a MINI
All those little MINI touches are still there: the body, greenhouse and roof that are visually separated from one another; the window line that tapers off to the rear to create the famous MINI wedge shape; the hexagonal contour of the radiator grille; the ‘side scuttles’; the circular headlights; the upright rear light clusters and the black periphery at the bottom edge of the body. As I said: unmistakably MINI.
Both the MINI Cooper S 5-door Hatch and MINI Cooper SD 5-door Hatch models are undoubtedly sporty, with this sportiness accentuated from the outside by a red ‘S’ logo with a chrome border and a honeycomb pattern in the radiator grille, an anthracite bumper trim, bonnet scoop, brake air ducts already integrated into the lower air inlets and a separate rear apron with exhaust pipes located at the centre.
And if you want a sporty colour, then look no further. The new MINI 5-door Hatch offers up two solid and nine (YES! NINE!) metallic exterior colours, including the long-awaited return of the all-time customer favourite ‘Electric Blue’. In all the available models, the roof and exterior mirror caps can be finished in a contrasting colour, white or black, with no extra charge.
Fun and frugal
The MINI has always been a fun car to drive, and certainly on my wish list if I could choose any car I wanted when I was a kid that has converted to my adulthood. So the kid in me wants one; but does the ‘worried about the fuel economy’ and ‘concerned about the environment’ adult in me?
Well; yes it does, because all MINI engines are balanced for fuel consumption and performance; and the 5-door hatch is no different. When the MINI 5-door Hatch launches in the autumn, the new Cooper D model will be offering combined fuel economy of 78.5 mpg with CO2 emissions starting from 95 g/km – and for the kid, the Cooper S Hatch will be sprinting from 0-62mph in just 6.8 secs.
There will be four engines with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology to choose from when the launch happens. There’s a 3-cylinder petrol engine with a peak output of 136 bp underneath the bonnet of the MINI Cooper 5-door Hatch, with a 4-cylinder petrol engine in the MINI Cooper S 5-door Hatch outputting 192 hp. The new MINI Cooper D 5-door Hatch is powered by a 116 hp 3-cylinder diesel engine, with top of the shop being a new 2.0-litre 4-cylinder diesel power unit with an output of 170 hp in the MINI Cooper SD 5-door Hatch for And power doesn’t mean that frugality is forgotten as its fuel economy is a pretty stunning 68.9mpg with a 0-62mph of just 7.4 seconds.
Naturally, all new MINI 5-door Hatch models meet the EU6 exhaust emission standard, and all come with either of the newly developed 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmissions (depending on model), and MINI driving modes which offer drivers the choice between SPORT, MID and GREEN modes.
Comfort, Functionality, Technology and Individuality – all as standard
You would expect the new MINI 5-door Hatch to have a high level of standard specification, just because it is a MINI; and you wouldn’t be wrong. USB interface and Bluetooth, electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, front fog lamps, air-conditioning and an onboard computer all come as standard, with the option to supplement and customise with the likes of heated front seats, panoramic glass roof, windscreen heating, rain sensors and automatic light control, a Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system, sports leather steering wheel, Park Distance Control, electrically heated and folding exterior mirrors, and both interior and exterior mirrors with automatic anti-dazzle function. Some of these even come as standard already depending on the selected model.
Also available is a class leading 8.8” display, fitted in the central instrument, and a MINI Touch Controller as part of the MINI 5-door Hatch’s standard display; an LED light ring for the central display; MINI Connected or MINI Connected XL along with the MINI Visual Boost Radio and the MINI Navigation System; and, for the first time ever in its class, LED Headlights.
The new 5-door MINI Hatch may well be lightweight in construction, but it is a heavyweight in the safety side of things with rigidity high on the agenda for the designers and highly resilient load-bearing structures, advanced deformation zones and an extremely stable passenger cell “providing an excellent basis for keeping impact energy away from passengers and ensuring maximum occupant protection.” MINI are aiming for maximum scores in all relevant crash tests worldwide, and the front and side airbags, curtain airbags for the front and rear seats, 3-point seat belts on all seats, belt tensioners, belt force limiters at the front and ISOFIX child seat mountings at the rear and the front passenger seat will help to ensure that.
And armed with that safety backing, the MINI 5-door Hatch also has technology that is designed to protect. This includes the optional MINI Head-Up-Display, the new Driving Assistant option, rear view camera and parking assistant, ABS anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution (EBD), cornering brake control (CBC) with brake assistant, and driving stability control system (DSC) amongst many other pieces of technology that will help keep the driver and passengers as safe as the proverbial houses.
Autumn can’t come soon enough!
A late starter on the road (passing his test at the age of 31) Kevin drives. He gets into the car, starts it, and drives. No matter what car, it is being on the road that matters, and enjoying the feeling of being there. A passionate writer about many subjects, and author of an as-yet unpublished book based on his misspent youth in a pop band in the 80's, he works as a freelance copywriter in the North-West of England.
Away from his laptop keyboard, Kevin is a dedicated husband, dad, grandad and AFC Wimbledon football fan currently attempting to indoctrinate his 4 year old grandson into the music of his youth by playing The Jam on repeat throughout the house. He also performs stand-up comedy under the name of AFC Baggy and is the current Preston Comedian of the Year.