The MINI Hatch has been the centre of the range since the brand's launch in 2001, but exclusively as a 3 door car. In 2014 that changed, with a 5-door added to the range – but which should you buy?
Although there's some fundamental differences – beyond the two extra doors, of course - there's a lot of similarities between the two cars. You'll find the same range of engines and trims, for example, from the 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol One and 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder diesel One D through to the 2.0-litre petrol and diesel Cooper S and Cooper SD models.
These are used to different effect though, as the 5-door MINI is 16cm longer and slightly heavier, meaning that performance is slightly sprightlier in the 3-door car, which is around 0.1-0.4 seconds quicker to 60mph, depending on the model. You'll also find the best fuel economy in the 3-door, with the One D achieving 83.1mpg combined, compared to 80.7mpg in the 5-door car.
It's the extra length where the 5-door comes into its own. 7cm of the stretch is between the wheels which not only gives space for the extra doors but improves the accommodation in the rear. As you'd expect, there's more legroom but the 5-door also brings the ability to sit three abreast in the back as opposed to the 3-door car's two seat rear.
With some of the extra car reserved for the boot, luggage space increases from 211 litres to 278 litres, so the 5-door not only takes more of your family but more of their stuff too!
While the 3-door may be the essence of the MINI and pack in the ultimate in fuel economy, performance and that famous MINI go-kart feel, the 5-door takes these talents and adds in more practicality.
For more on the MINI range, including the 3-door and 5-door hatch, click here: https://www.coopermini.co.uk/cars/mini-range/