Mini Hatchback 5-door (2014-present)

All the driving fun of a standard Mini Hatchback, now in a more practical 5-door package

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

More practical than three-door
Same frugal and powerful engines
Appealing retro-chic styling

Weaknesses 

Not as spacious as rival cars
Options can be quite expensive
Four-star Euro NCAP score

If you’re won over by the charm of the Mini Hatchback but can’t live with the limitations of a three-door car with a small boot, then the Mini 5-door is meant to be the answer.

Its two rear doors are small but make it simpler for passengers to get in and out of the back of the car, and make strapping a child in considerably easier, while the larger boot offers 278 litres of space - up from the 211-litre boot of the 3-door Mini.

The car has been made 16cm longer to create the extra space. Rear passengers will notice the difference - two adults can sit there in relative comfort - but it still feels like a small Mini when you’re behind the wheel in the low driver’s seat.

The interior, with its toggle switches and circular central dashboard has all of the retro appeal of the rest of the Mini range, making most other cars on the road feel dull and staid by comparison.

The petrol engines provide a punch of power, with more and more performance as you rev them, while the car turns sharply: the steering wheel giving you a real sense of how much the wheels are turning. It provides some of the go-kart feel that Mini boasts of, but also helps you to drive more smoothly and accurately, particularly on narrow and twisting roads.

It’s fun to drive - like a Mazda 2 or Ford Fiesta - but isn’t as smooth over bumps as the Ford. If comfort is your main priority, then a Volkswagen Polo, Skoda Fabia, Vauxhall Corsa and Citroen C3 will also roll over Britain’s bumpy roads with more composure.

They are several thousand pounds cheaper than the 5-door Mini too, which starts at £15,250 before discounts - £630 more than the 3-door car. Even with strong used values, which help keep down the cost of owning or financing the car, it’s expensive. Fuel economy is mixed too: the petrol-powered Mini Cooper returns around 40mpg in real-world driving, which is 20mpg less than its official figure, although other engines are more economical.

At this point, you might look at the 3-door Hatchback and decide that its style is worth paying more for, but it’s harder for this car to make that case because the additional two doors and extra length make the car less graceful and well-proportioned, even if the front of the car still looks as cheeky.

The increased size also fails to make the Mini a spacious car: even the bigger boot is smaller than most major rivals, including the Volkswagen Polo, Peugeot 208 and Vauxhall Corsa. Only the Audi A1 - with a premium image that matches that of the Mini - has less space for luggage.

It means that the car won’t suit many families who’ll struggle to squeeze in a buggy, or who would prefer larger rear door openings to make lifting children in and out even easier. The Mini Clubman is a much better choice for them. Alternatively, the Volkswagen Golf range starts at £2,500 more than the cheapest Mini Hatchback, before discounts, which bring the prices much closer together.

But if you don’t need a cavernous boot, and like the sound of a 5-door Mini, then this does fit the bill. It’s practical and holds its value well. The brand name may not apply to its expanding dimensions, but it still feels like a Mini to drive: fun.

Last Updated 

Friday, June 2, 2017 - 12:00

Key facts 

Warranty: 
Three years/unlimited miles
Boot size: 
278 litres
Width : 
1,727mm
Length: 
3,982mm
Height: 
1,425mm
Tax (min to max): 
£100 to £200 in first year, £140 thereafter / Pre-April 2017 cars: £0 to £130

Best Mini Hatchback for... 

Mini Cooper D 5-door
The MINI One D 5-door has an official fuel economy figure of 81mpg, but that slumps to 55mpg in real-world driving. It's no better than the Cooper D, which is less lethargic and a better choice.
Mini Cooper 5-door
The petrol-engined Cooper is zippy in town when fully-laden, and you can rev it for more performance if you're driving for fun. Expect 40mpg (rather than the official 60mpg figure) and you won't be disappointed.
Mini John Cooper Works 5-door
There's no fiery Mini John Cooper Works version of the Mini 5-door, but the Cooper S is no slouch, with rapid acceleration and a sporty sound to its exhaust.
Mini OneD
On paper, it's the most economical Mini, but has so little power than you need your foot hard on the accelerator to keep up with fast-moving traffic. That sends fuel economy plummeting. In normal driving, it's no better than the more powerful and smooth Mini Cooper D.

Mini Hatchback History 

  • June 2014 New Mini Hatch goes on sale with 5-door version for first time
  • October 2014 1,100 Dec ‘13-Sep ‘14 Minis recalled for spare wheel problem
  • November 2014 2,800 Aug-Sep ‘14 Minis recalled for seat backrest issue
  • February 2015 The Sport Pack, which includes 17in black alloy wheels, bonnet stripes, chunky body panels and dual-zone climate control, becomes available
  • February 2016 Mini Tech pack becomes available, with a head-up display, rear camera, 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo and a larger 8.8in dashboard screen 
  • March 2016 Mini 5-door Hatchbacks are now fitted with eCall - which automatically makes an SOS call after a serious crash - as standard. Bright LED headlights and front foglights are now included in the Chili pack
  • May 2016 Mini Seven edition is available. It's effectively an upgrade to Cooper and Cooper S models, including an exclusive blue paint shade and 17in alloy wheels, as well as part-leather sports seats and the equipment that comes with the Pepper Pack.
  • July 2017 A series of updates is due to include a tiredness alert on cars with a colour dashboard screen and replacing the cheap-looking fuel level display with an improved gauge, 

Understanding Mini Hatchback car names 

  • Hatchback
  • Engine & Trim
    1.5 Cooper D
  • Engine & Trim
    The trim level of your Mini indicates the amount of equipment that comes as standard - as with most other cars - but unusually, each level also tells you the engine that the car has. The range starts with the cheapest (and slowest) Mini One, followed by the Cooper and Cooper S models. Diesel versions can be identified by the letter 'D'. At the top of the range is the Mini John Cooper Works. The trim level can also be upgraded with a series of option packs. The Chili Pack is a popular choice.

Mini Hatchback Engines 

Petrol One, Cooper, Cooper S
Diesel One D, Cooper D,. Cooper SD

The Mini five-door has the same selection of engines as the three-door car, apart from the top-of-the-range John Cooper Works model. This high-performance hot hatchback is only available as a three-door car.

The cheapest Mini One has a small 1.2-litre engine, which is turbocharged to boost power. Despite its size, it’s powerful enough for any British road, even if you do need to rev it for brisk acceleration - when you’re joining a motorway or overtaking, for example. Because the engine is smooth and has a sporty thrum to its exhaust note, it encourages you to rev it, suiting the fun-to-drive nature of the Mini.

The petrol engine in the Cooper is larger and more powerful, which makes this car a strong all-round choice. It will accelerate rapidly without much delay and will cruise along a motorway in relative quiet. But if you do push down on the accelerator, you’ll get a growl from the exhaust and a sporty surge of power as the revs build.

The only downside is the lacklustre fuel economy. Official European test results, which manufacturers must publish, give a figure of 60mpg. But the Equa Index, which estimates real-world fuel economy based on public road testing, suggests you can expect 40mpg, which fits with our experience.

If you want to put a smile on your face every time you pull out of your parking space, then the Cooper S is the model to choose. It can get the car from 0-62mph in less than seven seconds.

The pros and cons of the diesel line-up mirror those of the petrols, with the 1.5-litre in the Cooper D offering much more performance than the engine in the One D for only a small penalty in fuel economy.

That makes the best choice for high-mileage drivers travelling more than 12,000 miles each year.

The fastest diesel – the Cooper SD – can’t quite match the fastest petrol’s performance, but there’s no denying that almost 70mpg fuel economy from a car this fast is very impressive.

Fuel

Fuel economy

Power

Acceleration (0 - 62mph)

Top speed

1.2 (One)

Petrol

57.6 - 58.9mpg

102hp

10.1sec

119mph

1.5 (One D)

Diesel

80.7mpg

95hp

11.4sec

116mph

1.5 (Cooper)

Petrol

58.9 - 60.1mpg

136hp

8.1 - 8.2sec

129mph

1.5 (Cooper D)

Diesel

74.3 - 78.5mpg

116hp

9.4 - 9.5sec

126mph

2.0 (Cooper S)

Petrol

47.9 - 52.3mpg

192hp

6.8 - 6.9sec

144mph

2.0 (Cooper SD)

Diesel

68.9mpg

170hp

7.3 - 7.4sec

140mph

 

Mini Hatchback Trims 

One, Cooper, Cooper S, Seven Edition, John Cooper Works

One, Cooper and Cooper S are the three main versions – or trim levels – of the Mini 5-door, with the addition of a ‘D’ on the end signifying the diesel-engined models, which are identical to the petrols save for what’s under the bonnet.

You don’t get a great deal of kit with the One and One D: foglights, air-conditioning, Bluetooth phone connectivity and air-conditioning are about the extent of it. And with these models’ somewhat underwhelming performance in mind, we recommend looking further up the range to the Cooper and Cooper D.

This is particularly pertinent for buyers with small babies, as the Cooper gets an ISOFIX child-seat point and airbag deactivation switch for the front passenger seat. Apart from the more capable engines, there isn’t a great deal more kit on the Cooper and Cooper D as standard, while the Cooper S and SD boast a leather steering wheel and more supportive sports seats. For more toys, you need to look to the many option packs offered by Mini.

These include the Chili Pack (which adds 17-inch alloys, rain-sensing wipers and dual-zone air-conditioning) the Media Pack (which adds satellite navigation) and two Mini Sport packs (one for the outside and one for the inside of the car – both featuring a range of visual and styling enhancements).

Mini Hatchback Reliability and warranty 

Mini owners are generally a happy lot and they said as much when responding to the 2015 edition of Auto Express magazine’s Driver Power customer satisfaction survey. Out of 200 cars looked at, the Mini secured a top-10 spot (ninth to be precise) and was ranked in the top quarter for both reliability and build quality (finishing 40th and 23rd respectively in those areas). As Mini is wholly owned by BMW, you get the same warranty cover the German brand offers on its range: three years without a mileage limit, which should be more than sufficient for most buyers. That’s a point scored over one of the Mini 5-door’s big rivals, the Audi A1 Sportback, which has a 60,000-mile limit imposed on its three-year guarantee.

Used Mini Hatchback 

Strong secondhand values have always been a hallmark of the three-door hatchback Mini and that pattern looks to be continuing with the Mini 5-door. As it’s a fairly recently launched model, there’s nothing particularly cheap on the used market just yet...

 

List price

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1 year old

2 years old

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Best for performance

Mini Cooper S 5-door

Price

£19,440

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£18,320

£16,460

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6%

15%

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Best for families

Mini Cooper D 5-door

Price

£17,050

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£15,170

£13,550

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11%

21%

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Best for economy

Mini One D 5-door

Price

£15,675

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£14,055

£12,620

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10%

19%

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