When Alec Issigonis penned the original Mini on the back of a napkin in the late 1950s, his focus was designing big car utility in the smallest package possible. Front-wheel drive and a wheel on each corner of the car for maximum wheelbase and interior space was the result. He famously said, when probed on the revolutionary nature of the original Mini, ‘The public don’t know what they want; it’s my job to tell them what they want.’ That’s why we think he’d approve of Mini’s first five-door Cooper hatch; a car they’re calling the Mini Cooper 5.
Mini say this is technically the second body variant of the new third-generation Mini and it offers new opportunities for the brand as a premium five-door model in the small car segment; without compromising the brand’s signature driving fun of course. The wheelbase expands by 72mm (to 2 567mm) over the new Mini Cooper. This creates space for three seats in the rear, with 72mm more legroom, 15mm more headroom and 61mm more interior width.
The luggage compartment grows by 67 litres to 278 litres. Not a lot but it’s still a push in the right direction. Characteristic new Mini styling with design features like the hexagonal radiator grille, LED headlamps and LED rear lights with wide chrome surround and black body bordering remain.
There is no confirmation as yet but the Mini 5 will most likely get two model variants for the local launch: the TwinPower Turbo Technology with 100kW/220Nm and 4.7l – 5.0l/100km average fuel consumption from the 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, and the Cooper S with 141kW/280Nm and 5.4l – 6.0l/100km average fuel consumption from the 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.
A six-speed manual transmission comes standard and six-speed Steptronic or Steptronic sports transmission is optional. Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) comes as standard, which includes Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) in the Mini Cooper S 5; with Dynamic Damper Control optional for the sportier drivers.
The Mini Cooper 5 and S 5 will be available line final quarter of this year.