The five-door version of the Mini hatchback may become the UK brand's best-selling model, helping the BMW-owned marque boost profitability. The car is Mini's first five-door subcompact and is aimed at Mini customers who need something bigger than the three-door car after starting a family, but prefer Mini’s traditional cute look to the SUV styling of the Countryman compact crossover, which also has five doors.
Mini 5-door may become best-seller
Is the five-door roomy?
Its 278 liters of load capacity is 67 liters more than the three door, but 72 liters less than the Countryman.
Is the five-door still agile to drive?
Despite the longer body, the five-door has Mini's “go kart” driving dynamics.
The five- and three-door models are the first Minis to use BMW's new UKL platform, which has reduced noise, vibration and harshness compared with previous Minis.
Three- and four-cylinder engines with twin turbochargers that offer output ranging from 136hp to 192hp for the gasoline units and from 116hp to 170hp for the diesels.
Will the five-door replace the station wagon-styled Clubman?
No, the Clubman will have a successor with a standard four-door layout replacing the bi-parting rear passenger door.
The head-up display and adaptive cruise control options are firsts for the subcompact segment.
Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW board member in charge of Mini, said the five-door car has the potential to become the brand’s best-seller because 70 percent of buyers of subcompacts choose such models. However, the three-door Mini will remain the brand’s core model, Schwarzenbauer said.
Launch date: October (Europe); January 2015 (U.S.)
Base price: 18,350 euros (Germany)
Where built: Oxford, UK
Annual production capacity: 200,000 units (shared with three-door)
Lowest CO2 emissions: 95g/km
Main rivals: Audi A1, Lancia Ypsilon, Mini Countryman
At 3982mm, the five-door Mini is 161mm longer than the three-door version but not as long as the 4095mm Countryman. The five-door Mini’s wheelbase is 72mm longer than the three-door car to improve rear passenger legroom.
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