MINI Cooper D 5dr: road test

Posted on May 21st, 2015 by James Luckhurst

The 5dr adds useful space and practicality to the MINI hatch range.

MINI Cooper D 5dr: road test

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What is it?

It’s the first ever production five-door MINI hatch, even if the company has been making other five-door models for some time now. It offers more rear seat and boot space than the three-door.

How safe is it?

In three-door form, the latest MINI hatch has scored four stars for overall protection from Euro NCAP. The five-door hasn’t been tested but should offer similar protection.

Who should buy one?

Parents looking for something with better access to the rear seats for strapping kids into child seats that will appreciate the 5dr most.

Road test by Al Suttie, published 21 May 2015

 

 

DRIVING AND PERFORMANCE
MINI Cooper D 5dr: road test

The MINI 5dr handles and steers just like its 3dr sister model, so it’s a joy to pilot on any kind of road and has a sporty side its immediate rivals cannot muster. Its suspension is a little firmer than some rivals but never crashy. In direct comparison to the Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo, the MINI 5dr does not offer quite as cushy a ride over the lumps of British roads as the suspension set-up errs towards the fun side of the equation.

Opt for the Cooper S and you’ll find the ride quality takes on a firmer note again, though this can be mitigated to a large degree with the optional adaptive dampers that let the driver choose how stiffly the suspension deals with rippled tarmac.

There’s certainly no doubting the pace of the Cooper S, which is offered with 2.0-litre turbo petrol or turbodiesel engines serving up 192- and 170bhp respectively. This is enough to see the petrol model from 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds, while the diesel requires little extra time at 7.4 seconds. That slightly slower time in the diesel may be worth it for many owners due to the Cooper SD’s 68.9mpg and 109g/km carbon dioxide emissions versus the petrol’s 47.9mpg and 136g/km.

If you want the maximum frugality in a MINI 5dr, the One D is for you with its 83.1mpg and 89g/km CO2 output. The petrol-powered One comes with a fizzy 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine that is huge fun to use and suits the MINI’s character very well, and it offers 58.9mpg and 108g/km.

The majority of 5dr buyer will head for the Cooper, however, which is available with turbo petrol and diesel engines of 1.5-litres and three cylinders. In the petrol, you have 136bhp, 60.1mpg and 109g/km, as well as 0-62mph in a brisk 8.2 seconds. Opt for the diesel Cooper and you’ll see an impressive 78.5mpg, 95g/km CO2 emissions and 0-62mph in 9.4 seconds.

All engines, barring the One D, are available with an automatic gearbox that slight dents economy and emissions in every model other than the Cooper SD that enjoys the same figures whether you go manual or auto. Every engine is refined and hushed, with only some wind noise from around the upright windscreen audible at higher speeds.

SPACE AND PRACTICALITY
MINI Cooper D 5dr: road test

MINI has extended the 5dr by 161mm overall and by 72mm between the front and rear axles. This equates to an extra 30mm of space in the rear seats for passengers’ knees and it makes all the difference between the cramped 3dr and comfort of the 5dr. There is also an additional 11mm of headroom in the 5dr, so it can now cope with two adults in the rear seats, just.

All of this extra length and height also means the 5dr’s boot is significantly larger at 278 litres, which is 67 litres up on the 3dr. It’s on a par with most rivals’, including the Audi A1 that is the MINI’s most obvious contender for sales.

Let’s not forget those rear doors, either, as they make getting in and out of the 5dr easy where accessing the rear seats in the 3dr is a palaver. Fitting a child seat is also now simple with the 5dr.

SAFETY
MINI Cooper D 5dr: road test

It’s every bit as packed with safety kit as the three-door model, so you get front, side and curtain airbags, a trio of three-point rear seat belts, plus ISOFIX child seat mounts. MINI also provides CBC (corner brake control) and Dynamic Stability Control that includes a brake drying function to prime the brakes in wet weather. However, a four-star rating from Euro NCAP is disappointing when most rivals achieve five stars.

EQUIPMENT
MINI Cooper D 5dr: road test

MINI may continue to offer an almost bewildering array of options packs and ways to make your MINI more individual, but it has also become more generous with its standard equipment count. All 5drs have air conditioning, a digital radio, USB and Bluetooth connections, and electric front windows. The Cooper gains 15-inch alloy wheels, while the Cooper S has revised, lowered suspension, sports seats, leather steering wheel and even larger alloy wheels.

COSTS

MINI Cooper D 5dr: road test

Keen drivers will want the Cooper S model, but it’s the Cooper that enjoys the biggest demand and that shores up residual values very well. The MINI One D is the easiest on fuel and emissions, registering 83.1mpg and 89g/km, but the Cooper D is not far off with 78.5mpg and 95g/km. The Cooper D is also the better to drive and still makes perfect sense for private and company users.

WE SAY

We say:
The 5dr adds useful space and practicality to the MINI hatch range.

AT A GLANCE:
Price: £17,050
Performance: 0-60mph in 9.4 seconds
Economy: 78.5mpg combined
Insurance: Group 15E
Tax: Band A (£0)

Figures for the MINI Cooper D 5dr