Style and space
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