Mini’s latest Maxi
NO, this is not a scaled-down five-door Countryman, this is Mini’s all-new 5door hatchback being launched in SA this week.
Based on the new, third-generation 3-door model launched recently, this newcomer marks an entirely new body style from Mini, offering more roominess than the 3-door and targeting mainly the family buyer.
The addition of two rear doors means that the 5-door gets a wheelbase extended by 72mm, and is also 161mm longer and 11mm taller than the coupé – which according to Mini means enough room for three adults at the back, including a proper central rear seat. The increase in height also means more head- and legroom; while boot space, at 278 litres, is 67 litres better (back seats can be angled for varied storage solutions, or dropped to create 941 litres of luggage space).
In terms of body design this multi-portal Mini shouldn’t be too hard to recognise, with the newest iteration getting the latest-generation signature hexagonal grille, chromed trim around the headlights and tail lights, and contrasting roof and side-mirror housings. And, being a Mini, you can be assured that the personalisation options list is exten
sive, with eleven body colours alone on offer. The Mini 5-door launches in SA in 100kW/230Nm Cooper (1.5-litre turbopetrol three-cylinder) and 141kW/300Nm Cooper S (2-litre turbopetrol four-cylinder) guises – with each featuring direct-injection, fully variable valve control, and variable camshaft technology.
Six-speed manual is standard, with six-speed auto an option.
The Cooper will get you from standstill to 100km/h in 8.2 seconds, with the stronger Cooper S pegged at 6.9 seconds.
Other highlights include Electronic Differential Lock Control and specific spring and damper rates in the harder-core S model (Dynamic Damper Control is optionally available), and driver modes to suit your mood. And yes, the full range of driver assistance systems is on offer too – including items like Mini Head-Up-Display, Parking Assistant, rearview camera, active cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning with initial brake function, highbeam assistant, and roadsign detection.
The Mini Cooper 5-door lands in SA at R305 000, while the Cooper S will set you back R372 000 (add R16 900 for the auto gearbox).