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MINI Hatch 5dr Review

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      Launch year
      2014
      Body type
      Small hatch
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel, EV
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Same style with greater practicality

Best bits

  • Extra space for people and luggage is much needed
  • Zippy handling makes it fun everywhere
  • Five-door has all the driving pep of its three-door sister

Not so great

  • No electric version of five-door
  • Some rivals offer much greater cabin and boot space
  • Options can ramp up the price a lot

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Overall verdict

"MINI has been very good at filling niches, even ones we never knew existed until it launched a model. It’s surprising, then, this company took as long to offer a five-door version of the popular hatch. Amazingly, it took until 2014 for the five-door hatch to arrive, some 13 years after the first of the new generation BMW-owned MINIs made its appearance."

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While there are traditionalists who bridle at the idea of the MINI five-door hatch, there are plenty more people out there who have embraced it. This has made it one of the most popular MINI models and gives its perhaps better looking three-door sibling a good run for its money in the sales charts. Clearly, there are plenty of MINI fans who value a slice of practicality just as much as they do the style and lively drive of the car.


Even so, the five-door is not going to upset the class leaders such as the Volkswagen Polo, Ford Fiesta or Vauxhall Corsa for straightforward space. However, MINI has made the five-door longer and taller to create a much more usable cabin when you are carrying more than a single passenger. Adults will welcome the extra space in particular as they can now fit without having to crick their necks and tuck knees under their ears.


There is also a larger boot in the five-door compared to the three-door Hatch, which is another blessed relief as you can now fit in more than a couple of shopping bags before resorting to dumping the rest on the back seat. At 278-litres, the boot of the five-door isn’t huge, but at least it’s within the normal reference of a supermini.


Like some others in this class, MINI has now dropped its diesel engine offerings. The present line-up is powered by a pair of Twinpower turbo petrol motors, each offered in different power outputs depending on which model you go for.


The One and Cooper share a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine with 102PS for the base model and a sprightlier 136PS in the Cooper. We’d take the Cooper every time unless you are on a strict budget. Move up to the Cooper S and it has a 2.0-litre turbo petrol motor with 192PS to put it into the heart of compact hot hatch territory.


With any MINI, the appeal is as much about creating your own version of the car as it is about the more mundane practicalities of life. In this respect, the current MINI is much the same as those that went before it thanks to a raft of optional extras and upgrade packs for everything from the styling to the infotainment and even the way it handles.


This might not sell the MINI to those who simply want the most useful car for their needs, but there are lots of drivers out there who aspire to the MINI and the five-door removes concerns about practicality that the three-door poses.


If you're looking for the three-door version, you need our MINI Hatch 3dr review


Is the MINI 5dr Hatch right for you?

Until the arrival of the five-door Hatch, if you wanted a MINI able to cope with more than a single passenger with any real comfort you were forced into a Countryman or Clubman model. Now, the five-door addresses concerns with a longer, taller body than the three-door model and all of it is devoted to extra rear cabin and luggage space.


You can just about fit adults in the back of the five-door and it’s more than good enough for kids. Perhaps just as importantly, MINI has retained the looks and distinctive style for the five-door that marks out every MINI model, so family drivers can now choose a MINI hatch without worrying about how to fit in the kids and dog.


The engines are zesty and economical, there’s a good amount of standard kit and, dare we say, just enough room in the rear nowadays to accommodate a young family of four.


What’s the best MINI 5dr Hatch model/engine to choose?

Cheapest way into a MINI is the One model with its 102PS 1.5-litre Twinpower turbo petrol engine. It’s fine around town and for those wanting to get in on the MINI band wagon at the lowest cost. However, we’d steer towards the Cooper with its 136PS version of the same three-cylinder 1.5-litre motor for its better performance on motorways.


The Cooper is also more than well equipped for most needs and it can be topped up with a couple of choice options packs. In this way, you can have all the brilliant handling fun, comfort and quality that a MINI has to offer without breaking the bank.


Some will want the extra oomph the Cooper S, but we reckon the firmer suspension makes it a little wearing day in, day out. There’s no five-door Electric model on offer, which is a shame as this would be strong mix of versatility and low running costs.


 What other cars are similar to the MINI 5dr Hatch?

There is a long list of fine superminis that we could reel off here, but the most likely alternative a MINI customer will consider is the Audi A1. This is down to the MINI’s premium approach that means so many of its mainstream competitors will never get a look in on most people’s shortlists. With the Audi, you get a high-grade badge, classy cabin with more interior space, and a selection of engines from frugal to fast.


On the other hand, if you can divert your mind from the premium lure of the MINI, the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and Volkswagen Polo, as well as the Peugeot 208 and Renault Clio, have plenty to offer. All are roomy and zoomy enough to be fun.


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On the inside

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Prices, versions and specification

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