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Meet the new Mini 5-doorBack

Mini5-door2Since BMW’s original unveiling of the new Mini back in 2001, there have been two further generations of this much loved supermini and plenty of variations including a convertible, and a Countryman SUV.

In fact, according to the Telegraph, the three millionth Mini rolled off the production line just last week, proving that the Mini is still very much a highly sought after set of wheels. But it does lead us to question why it has taken so long to produce a five-door version of the basic three-door model.

In order to achieve the new model, the body of the latest Mini 5-door has been stretched by 16cm increasing passenger’s legroom by 7cm, whilst adding a third seat to the back and an extra 67 litres to the boot, taking it to a new total of 278 litres – just 10 litres short of rivals the VW Polo and Ford Fiesta.

Despite the increase in length, the Mini 5-door is not quite big enough to facilitate a growing family – it will still struggle to house a child car-seat unless space in the front for adults is fully compromised, and any mum would find it very difficult to squeeze even the smallest of buggies into the boot with any amount of ease. Moreover, it appeals to the same group of people it always has but offers a little more space than it did, just to make life that bit easier.

Mini5-door1However, the introduction of 5 doors to the Mini does mean that those customers who just like the convenience of knowing the 5 doors are there should they need it, can be satisfied. It costs around £600 to upgrade to the five-door model, but this is in keeping with most other rivals, and the rest don’t feature longer wheelbases or larger boots which does add to the appeal.

As for the cabin itself, well you can now sit one adult behind the other with both parties enjoying plenty of headroom and a lot more knee room too, but access into the Mini isn’t particularly practical – the doors are not easy to slide in and out of and there is a huge bump in the floor that the middle passenger’s legs will be left to contend with – but these issues are not enough to put the majority of buyers off.

Mini5-doorThe engine line-up remains the same as in the three-door spec, with the three-cylinder Cooper and Cooper D predicted to be the most popular models, and although the five door car might not appeal to everyone, if you like Minis but want more doors, there is now a viable solution. As cars go, we’ve found very little not to like in the new Mini 5-door. Prices range from £14,350 upwards.

Posted by Leana Kell on 15/09/2014