Review: MINI Hatch 5-door (2014)
More interior space and larger boot. Same engine line-up as standard hatch. Just as good to drive as three-door. More family friendly.
Still not the last word in practicality. Optional extras quickly add up.
MINI Hatch 5-door (2014): At A Glance
MINI’s range might cover more niches than ever, but since the marque’s rebirth in 2001 there’s been one glaring omission – a five-door hatch. The Countryman was part of the answer but didn't have the character of the standard MINI. So now that's being addressed with the five-door MINI - a longer, taller and more family-friendly version of the hatchback.
Proportionally the MINI five-door looks just like the three-door. From the front and rear you probably won’t even notice the difference, but in profile you can see what MINI has done to improve space. It has enough cabin room for family use and it has a more sizeable boot, with practical touches like an adjustable boot floor.
Aside from that the MINI five-door is very much like its three-door sibling. That means excellent build quality, plenty of customisation options, up-to-date technology and great handling. The fun, sporty characteristics of the three-door MINI are retained so you get nimble and grippy handling, nicely weighted steering plus a snappy gear change.
The engine line-up is broad, with something to suit most buyers. The range kicks off with the 102PS 1.2-litre One, while the most frugal engine is the 95PS 1.5-litre diesel in the One D. Cooper and Cooper D models blend performance and running costs, while Cooper S and Cooper SD models are performance focused.
There is a broad range of extras and packs, adding gadgets like a head-up display, leather upholstery, navigation and stylish extras like alternative alloy wheel designs and bonnet stripes. There are also a few gimmicks, like colour-changing interior lights as part of the Chili pack. These all add to the appeal of the MINI, but can quickly inflate its price.
The MINI five-door is exactly the car you’d expect it to be. It offers the same stylish looks and premium quality interior as the three-door, but with the added practicality of an extra pair of rear doors and a larger boot. The step up from a three door is a very reasonable £600 – so if you’ve always wanted a MINI but needed more room it makes perfect sense.
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MINI Hatch 5-door (2014): What's It Like Inside?
MINI hasn’t simply added a pair of doors and left everything else unchanged. The five-door is longer and taller than the three-door, plus it gets a longer wheelbase in an effort to free up more leg room. It’s not exactly a limousine, but an adult can get reasonably comfortable in the back – so children will be fine.
Headroom is impressively generous and legroom is fine provided the driver isn't too tall. Even then a child or teenager will be able to get comfortable, but access isn’t great because of fairly small door openings. Children probably won’t have any trouble at all though – something that can’t be said of the three-door model.
The load area has a volume of 278 litres and features an easy-to-use adjustable height boot floor, so you can have the load deck flush with both the boot lip and – when they’re folded – the rear seats. There’s a flap on the adjustable floor to improve access when you're in a rush – so you can easily hide valuables out of sight under the load area. If you want to carry lighter items you can drop the floor to its lowest height, freeing up a bit more space.
Throughout the cabin, material quality is very impressive and there are lots of characterful touches. Details like a centrally mounted, toggle-switch style starter button and an illuminated ring around the circular infotainment screen elevate the MINI’s cabin and make it feel genuinely special next to rival cars. The only criticism is that it can feel a little snug if you're shorter and have to sit close to the wheel.
There’s a huge range of customisation options – buyers can pick from dozens of colour combinations, wheel designs, stripes and optional extras. Standard equipment includes the essentials, but most buyers will need to factor in the extra expense of things like the Chili pack.
This includes a bundle of extras including climate control, part leather upholstery, driving mode selection and automatic wipers. Other options include John Cooper Works styling accessories both inside and out, plus enhanced navigation and even a head-up display.
All models come with DAB radio, front and rear electric windows, heated mirrors, heated washer jets, USB-in, keyless go, front foglights, Bluetooth and three ISOFIX mounting points.
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What's the MINI Hatch 5-door (2014) like to drive?
- Engines range from One 1.2 to John Cooper Works Automatic
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 25–72 mpg
The MINI five-door shares its engine line up with the three-door model, meaning a selection of six engine variants – three petrol and three diesel. The entry-level engine, fitted to the One, is a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol with 102PS, while the entry-level diesel is a 1.5-litre with 95PS. Both are frugal and offer decent performance, but more popular are the middle-of-the-range Cooper or Cooper D.
The Cooper uses a 1.5-litre three-cylinder with 136PS and it’s a lively performer – 0-62mph takes 8.2 seconds and acceleration is accompanied by a lovely engine note. Emissions are low at 109g/km, while economy is 60.1mpg. It’s a great engine, with linear power delivery and plenty of torque for overtaking and getting up to speed. For the MINI it's ideal.
Equally as impressive is the Cooper D. This 116PS 1.5-litre diesel engine has a healthy torque output of 270Nm, available from low revs. The Cooper D feels equally at home in town, on a country road or on the motorway, where there’s plenty of get up and go, plus it offers official ecnonomy of 78.5mpg and tax-beating emissions of 95g/km.
Keener drivers will appreciate the extra power of the Cooper S and Cooper SD. The Cooper S petrol features a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 192PS and can get from 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds – making it the swiftest model until a JCW version is available.
The Cooper SD diesel offers similar performance, with a 0-62mph sprint of 7.4 seconds, but it produces extra torque, making it a more flexible motorway car. It’s also efficient for such a powerful engine – emissions are 109g/km and official fuel economy is 68.9mpg. All engine variants are offered with an automatic transmission option.
It doesn’t matter which engine you choose, the MINI five-door is great to drive. It has the same nimble and agile character as its three-door counterpart – none of the dynamism has been dulled by the extra length, weight and height. There’s next to no body roll and while the suspension is firm, it’s rarely uncomfortable.
The great handling pairs nicely with the slick gear change and pin-sharp steering to make the MINI an absolute joy to drive. That said, the steering can feel a little on the heavy side at low speeds, particularly if you select the sportiest drive mode.
There are three modes to choose from, with a 'green' setting that dulls throttle response and encourages eco-friendly driving, a normal mode for everyday driving and a sport setting, which weights up the steering and makes the throttle livelier. On some cars these modes make a negligible difference, but you can really tell the differences with the MINI.
|Cooper||59 mpg||8.2 s||109 g/km|
|Cooper 2018||52 mpg||8.2 s||116 g/km|
|Cooper Automatic||58 mpg||8.1 s||111 g/km|
|Cooper D||74 mpg||9.4 s||95 g/km|
|Cooper D 2018||72 mpg||9.4 s||103 g/km|
|Cooper D Automatic||72 mpg||9.5 s||99 g/km|
|Cooper D Steptronic 2018||72 mpg||9.6 s||105 g/km|
|Cooper D Steptronic 2019||71 mpg||9.5 s||102 g/km|
|Cooper S||48 mpg||6.9 s||136 g/km|
|Cooper S 2018||44 mpg||6.9 s||141 g/km|
|Cooper S Automatic||52 mpg||6.8 s||125 g/km|
|Cooper S Steptronic 2018||50 mpg||6.8 s||123 g/km|
|Cooper SD||69 mpg||7.4 s||109 g/km|
|Cooper SD Automatic||69 mpg||7.3 s||107–109 g/km|
|Cooper Steptronic 2018||54 mpg||8.1 s||110 g/km|
|John Cooper Works||49 mpg||6.8 s||136 g/km|
|John Cooper Works Automatic||52 mpg||6.7 s||126 g/km|
|One 1.2||59 mpg||10.1 s||112 g/km|
|One 1.2 Automatic||58 mpg||10.5 s||114 g/km|
|One 1.5 2018||52 mpg||10.3 s||112 g/km|
|One 1.5 Steptronic 2018||54 mpg||10.5 s||110 g/km|
|One D||76 mpg||11.4 s||92 g/km|
Real MPG average for a MINI Hatch 5-door (2014)
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