The MINI 5-door Hatch never fails to attract admiring glances when you take it onto the road, as its iconic looks also have plenty of modern appeal. This compact hatchback offers welcome practicality with its openings for passengers at the rear, and it also impresses the owner with rewarding returns.
No other car maker can claim to replicate MINI when it comes to design, as the British brand's vehicles all stand out among their rivals with head-turning looks that evoke the brand's iconic heritage. This is seen in the circular headlamps, oval grille finished with a chrome frame and the 'floating' roof. The one-piece rear lights are another trademark design cue, while a protective trim skirts the entire car's length to preserve the body. Alloy wheels and front fog lights are available with select models to enhance the MINI 5-door Hatch's visual appeal.
On the inside there's even more to get excited about, as the design is just as unconventional here too. Semi-circular interior door openings continue the spherical theme, with the central instrument arrangement also contained within a circular bezel at the head of the dashboard. The driver information instrument cluster has been moved behind the wheel, close to your line of sight, while the centre stack gets toggles and dials that are easy to reach. The rear bench seats three comfortably, and at the very back is a boot boasting a 278-litre capacity.
Connecting and engaging you when mobile is MINI's latest in-car technology which now allows you to integrate your smartphone. Simply connect it via USB to the audio system and open up the downloadable MINI Connect app to enjoy a host of features when on the move. The MINIMALISM Analyser is one which records and informs you of your driving style, and you can also access web radio stations or search for places of interest online. Upgrade to the Media XL pack for enhanced smartphone connectivity, an 8.8-inch colour touchscreen at the centre of the dashboard and voice controls.
The 5-door Hatch offers from entry level a 1.2-litre 102bhp engine, which produces ample power to excite yet remains clean and economical. Up to 58.9mpg combined is possible and only 112g/km of CO2 is released at the same time. If diesel is preferred, the One D is sure to impress with 95bhp and 220Nm of torque. A magnificent 80.7mpg combined and 92g/km mean low running costs are enjoyed, with higher-spec examples bringing masses more power. The Cooper S sends 192bhp and 280Nm of torque to the road to complete 0-60mph in 6.7 seconds of fun. There's no compromise on refinement however – the unit achieves up to 47.9mpg combined.
Every journey in the MINI 5-door Hatch isn't just entertaining, but safe too. This is the result of the brand's various active technologies which work in harmony to prevent an accident from occurring. Braking remains controlled thanks to the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), while Cornering Brake Control (CBC) helps you stay on the right line. Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) are two others, and you're further supported by a rigid passenger cell plus multiple airbags.
Sample the MINI 5-door Hatch from the driver's seat by arranging a test drive with Williams MINI across the North of England. You can do so by enquiring with your nearest MINI retail centre online or by phone today.