First ever five-door MINI Hatch revealed
The additional bodystyle allows MINI to compete with key premium rival the Audi A1 Sportback, and to cater for five-door only fleet policies without moving drivers up to the larger Countryman crossover.
It gains 72mm in wheelbase, all of which is used to extend rear legroom, and the remainder of its 161mm growth in overall length is used to extend boot volume by 30% (67 litres) to a 278 litres. This is slightly larger than the A1’s 270-litre capacity.
The launch range comprises Cooper and Cooper S petrol engines, and Cooper D and Cooper SD diesels which will target the bulk of its fleet sales. Pricing starts at £15,900 for the petrol versions and £17,050 for the diesels, representing a £600 premium over the three-door MINI Hatch.
Fuel consumption is marginally higher than its sibling, with the Cooper D offering the best economy at launch, at 78.5mpg with CO2 emissions of 95g/km compared to 80.7mpg and 92g/km for the three-door model. Entry-level One and One D versions are likely to follow shortly.
MINI has previously hinted that the next Clubman could also follow suit. The concept car, shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March, featured a pair of rear doors instead of the much-maligned Club Door used on the current model.