High 'Five' for the new MINI Hatch with the extra doors

The new MINI five-door hatch certainly makes practical sense
The new MINI five-door hatch certainly makes practical sense

MINI Cooper SD 5-door hatch

Even Spike the bulldog can’t get his head around the rear doors in the new MINI hatch.

If you have seen the very clever advertising campaign by MINI to highlight the new model with the five doors, you will know what I am talking about.

It’s where the owner opens the rear door for the dog to jump in, but he just sits there looking at it in astonishment, until he eventually opens the front door and in he jumps.

You see, it’s the first time in the history of the brand that the hatch has been offered with two rear doors.

Love or loathe the looks, the five doors make a lot of sense, and here’s why. In 2013, small five-door cars made up a whopping 42 per cent of the total car sales in Ireland, with 30,398 units being sold across the country. 

Another amazing stat revealed that only eight per cent of cars sold in Ireland are three-door models, with the remaining 92 per cent being five doors. 

Exactly 50 per cent of those sales are shared between just seven brands – Opel, Ford, Nissan, Peugeot, Volkswagen, Toyota and Renault. So it is little wonder that the suits in Germany want a slice of the action.

As two MINI nuts here in Motormouth Towers, we are not so sure about the looks. We do think it does take away slightly from the sporty style, but understand that it makes practical sense.

It is 161mm longer than its three-door sibling, with an extra 67 litres of boot space. It is also 11mm higher, giving rear-seat passengers more head room. 

The rear doors do seem rather small, and we found getting in and out a little tight if you are still stuffed with the Christmas turkey and in the six-foot bracket like us. 

But once you are in there is plenty head room for all four occupants, although legroom is a little tight – there is no middle seatbelt in the MINI five-door.

The cabin itself is a really great place to be. Unlike most of the other models in the BMW range, the designers have done a fantastic job – especially on the kitchen-clock styled centre console.

We would highly recommend forking out that little bit extra for the range-topping 8.8-inch display an MINI touch controller – believe us, it’s well worth the extra few euro.

On the road, we are both still agreed that there are only a couple of cars we can think of that can match any MINI in the handling department.

On the engine front, there are four engines with MINI twinpower turbo technology to choose from. We both love MINI’s new three-cylinder petrol engine, which has a peak output of 136bhp. Believe us it is all the power you will ever need, and is one of the best engines around.

If you need something a bit more powerful, there is a four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 192bhp. 

On the diesel front, there is a three-cylinder engine fitted to the Cooper D model that produces 116bhp.

However, if you really want to push the boat out, you can choose MINI’s new 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel power unit (fitted to the Cooper SD) that has an output of 170bhp. This new engine offers exhilarating performance, with a 0-100km/h time of 7.3 seconds, and frugal economy of 4.1 l/km.

All model variants of the new MINI five-door hatch meet the EU6 exhaust emission standard.

The new MINI five–door hatch range starts at €21,210 OTR for a MINI One There is a modest model-for-model price increase of €710 compared to its three-door sibling.

Tech Spec:

Model: MINI Cooper SD 5-Door
Price: From €21,210 (Cooper SD range from €29,390)
Road Tax: €190
0-100kph: 7.3 seconds
Max Speed: 223kph
Fuel Economy: 4.1l/100km (claimed)
Boot Space: 278-941 litres