Style and space

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors -

When the new MINI first ap­peared back in 2001 we never dreamed that it would give birth to so many niche mod­els.

The range grew to in­clude a Road­ster, the Club­man, the Coun­try­man, the Pace­man and a Con­vert­ible as well as the stan­dard three-door hatch.

The miss­ing link al­ways seemed to be a five-door hatch and fi­nally BMW acted to plug the gap.

Now you can buy a five-door that re­tains all the char­ac­ter and fun of the stan­dard MINI but with five doors and more space.

Taller and longer than the three­door the larger hatch is much more fam­ily-friendly and can seat four com­fort­ably.

The ex­tra doors make life much eas­ier for rear seat pas­sen­gers and the in­crease in room is sur­pris­ing.

From the front and rear the five-door looks just the same as its sib­ling and most peo­ple will not even de­tect the dif­fer­ence. It is only from the side that you can see the MINI has been stretched but for­tu­nately it has not de­stroyed its looks.

An­other bonus is a sub­stan­tial in­crease in boot space to 278 litres which also helps to make the MINI a more prac­ti­cal choice.

Buy­ers can choose from a wide

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