Like a Mini, but bigger; five-door hatch revealed

Mini has revealed its hotly anticipated five-door version of their new Hatch. It’s the first time that the Hatch has been offered with two rear doors, opening up a new level of practicality matched only by the Mini Clubman.

MINI 5-door Hatch 2014 Front Static FrontSeatDriver.co.ukThe five-door variant of the Mini has been stretched by 161mm and sits 11mm taller, while the wheelbase has been increased by 72mm. This frees up more legroom for the rear passengers, as well as allowing a wider door for easy access.

There’s also 15mm greater headroom while elbow room increases by 61mm. On top of all that, the boot is now 30% bigger than that of the three-door model.

Four engines will be offered once orders open for deliveries in the autumn. A 3-cylinder petrol engine with a peak output of 136hp powers the Cooper model, a 4-cylinder petrol engine in the Cooper S develops 192hp, and the Cooper D gets a 116hp 3-cylinder diesel engine.

The Cooper SD variant gets a new 2.0-litre 4-cylinder diesel power unit that has an output of 170 hp, enough to power the car to 62mph in 7.4 seconds while returning official combined economy of 68.9mpg.

As with the existing three-door Mini, a rotary switch by the gearstick allows you to choose between Normal, Green or Sport driving modes, the latter offering ‘Maximum go-kart feel’.

Prices start at £15,900 for the Cooper, a £600 premium over the equivalent three-door model, rising to £20,050 for the Cooper SD.

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