MINI

MINI HATCHBACK 1.5 Cooper Exclusive II 5dr [Nav Pack]

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.4s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2131 g/km

We're now starting to get used to the idea of a MINI Hatch with five doors. With this bodystyle, you get a longer wheelbase, quite a lot more luggage space and potentially room for three people in the back. On top of this, there's the third generation MINI model's sophisticated design with underpinnings better suited to longer journeys. Oh and a range of punchy but economical engines. You wanted more MINI? Well you've certainly got it now. Here, we're looking at the improved model in perky 136hp petrol Cooper form.

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The improved MINI Hatch 5-Door makes a lot of sense. Particularly in 1.5-litre petrol-powered Cooper guise. Jonathan Crouch reports

Ten Second Review

We're now starting to get used to the idea of a MINI Hatch with five doors. With this bodystyle, you get a longer wheelbase, quite a lot more luggage space and potentially room for three people in the back. On top of this, there's the third generation MINI model's sophisticated design with underpinnings better suited to longer journeys. Oh and a range of punchy but economical engines. You wanted more MINI? Well you've certainly got it now. Here, we're looking at the improved model in perky 136hp petrol Cooper form.

Background

Take a standard MINI, add a dash of length and practicality and you'd have a strong seller. You'd have a car like this, the MINI Hatch 5-Door. There are potentially lots of folk who like the stylish frugality and fun, chuckable, cheeky demeanour of the MINI Hatch 3-Door model but simply can't justify that car's tiny rear seats and restricted boot. Like me perhaps, they've an occasional need to transport up to three kids in the back. And they require a car that won't be daunted by the modest proceeds of a family superstore shop. A car like this one? It's certainly going to be a strong seller for the brand, priced and sized in fertile territory somewhere between Fiesta-shaped superminis and Focus-sized family hatches. You can see why it might appeal. But would you really want one? Let's find out at the wheel of this usefully enhanced petrol-powered 1.5-litre Cooper model.

Driving Experience

Can a bigger MINI really feel like a proper MINI should? Fun, frisky - up for anything? The brand's Countryman crossover model has tried hard in that regard but arguably remains a little too heavy - and perhaps even a little too sophisticated - to quite hit the mark. With his MINI -Door Hatch model though, buyers get the extra doors and at least some of the extra practicality they were seeking without any dynamic downsides. Or none that I can feel anyway. If the stretched wheelbase of this car has done anything to dent the eagerness of the taut MINI chassis, then I couldn't feel it. We reckon the 1.5-litre petrol-powered Cooper model on test here represents the sweet spot in the range. The engine is actually basically the same unit that assists the electric motor in BMW's i8 supercar. Here, as there, it punches well above its weight, enabling the performance of this third generation version Cooper to at last aspire to the lower-rungs of the hot hatch ladder: 62mph can be dispatched in just 8.2s en route to 129mph, which, I think, will be quite as fast as most will really want to go in this car. Variable Damper Control with adjustable dampers is available as an option, as are MINI driving modes which offers drivers the choice between Sport, Mid and Green modes. Using a rotary switch at the base of the gearstick or selector lever, drivers can swap from the default Mid mode to either Sport or Green. The three choices offer a set-up which is either performance-oriented, balanced or geared towards fuel efficiency. MINI driving modes also influences the ambient lighting, shift characteristics of the optional automatic transmission and the Variable Damper Control - if that option is selected.

Design and Build

The worst mistake any MINI can make is to lose its 'MINI-ness'. And much of that is, after all, tied up in this model's diminutive dimensions. Which, as it happens, aren't so diminutive these days thanks to this third generation Hatch design's increases in width, height and length. To these enhancements, this Hatch 5-Door variant adds 161mm of length and 11mm of height over its Hatch 3-Door sibling, all of this thanks to a wheelbase stretched by 72mm. As for the most recent changes, well the styling doesn't look all that different, but close inspection will reveal the addition of standard-fit LED front and rear lights, plus there's now extra scope for all-important personalisation. On to the differences that this Hatch 5-Door model delivers over its Hatch 3-Door stablemate. Nearly half of the extra length you get with this variant has gone into providing extra rear seat space, though to some extent, the issue lies in getting to it. The extra rear doors are really pretty small, so squeezing in and out can be tricky. Once you're inside on the rear seat though, the news gets better. Anyone who's ever been crammed into the back of a MINI Hatch 3-Door model for any length of time will be astonished by just how much space has been created here simply by increasing the length of the car by a mere 161mm.

Market and Model

You'll pay from around £18,500 for a 1.5-litre petrol-powered MINI Hatch 5-Door Cooper model. That prices it mid-way between a decent Fiesta-sized supermini and a Focus-sized family hatch. Tempting. The spec's decent too. There's a choice of 'Classic', 'Sport' and 'Exclusive' trim levels. And you can have manual or auto transmission. All models get LED headlamps, a USB interface and Bluetooth, electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, front fog lamps and an onboard computer. Air-conditioning is available free of charge on all models. Safety equipment includes front and side airbags, as well as curtain airbags for the front and rear seats. All seats are fitted with 3-point seat belts, belt tensioners and belt force limiters at the front. ISOFIX child seat mountings are provided at the rear and the front passenger seat. These can be supplemented with a range of options that includes two-zone automatic air-conditioning, heated front seats, a panoramic glass roof, windscreen heating, rain sensors and automatic light control, a Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system and a sports leather steering wheel. Other options include Park Distance Control, electrically heated and folding exterior mirrors, plus both interior and exterior mirrors with automatic anti-dazzle function.

Cost of Ownership

The third-generation MINI's biggest step forward has undoubtedly come in the area of engine efficiency and the five-door car continues that theme. Go for the Cooper 1.5-litre petrol model and it'll manage up to 52.34mpg on the combined cycle, with emissions rated at up to 123g/km. MINIMALISM environmental technologies include a shift-point display function and optimised preheating process on the diesels. Brake energy recuperation and need-oriented control of the fuel pump, coolant pump and other ancillary units feature on all models. The electromechanical power steering and map-controlled oil pumps in all engines are optimised for the most efficient use. There's even an optimised preheating process which delivers a 50% reduction in the energy required to start the diesel engines. What else? Well, residual values are bound to be strong: the three year retention figures you get with MINI models are always well above the class average. That'll also be helped by the way that MINI reliability improves with each generation, something evidenced by falling warranty claims. As expected, there's the usual three year unlimited mileage warranty with the usual BMW-style variable service indicators. And on that subject, almost all MINI buyers opt for the no-brainer TLC package, which, for around £300, gives you comprehensive servicing cover for five years or 50,000 miles, whichever is reached first. This also includes a 'MINI MOT Protect' assurance guarantee stating that in the unlikely event your car should fail its first, second or third MOT test, MINI will cover the cost of repair or replacement on an array of selected parts. Finally, I should mention insurance groups, which are the same as those for the Hatch 3-Door. You're talking group 18E for the Cooper model.

Summary

In one sense, it's extraordinary that it took the MINI brand until 2015 to bring us this car. After all, over 70% of all sales in the small hatchback segment are of five-door models. In not offering a conventional MINI Hatch with that option, this franchise was missing out on a significant number of sales. With the extra doors in place and this car in the showrooms, the company's position in the compact hatch sector has changed significantly. After all, in the eyes of many potential customers, the extra versatility of this variant will turn what was previously an un-buyable car into a really credible proposition. Which is exactly what it is in 1.5-litre petrol Cooper guise. This engine is good enough to make you wonder whether there's really any need to trade up to the much pricier 2.0-litre Cooper S. Or indeed whether it's worth finding the premium for diesel power. It's that good.

  • Electric front+rear windows
  • Heated rear window
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Rear window wiper
  • Sun/heat protection glass
  • Rain sensor window wipers

  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Front and rear disc brakes
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Hill start assist

  • Mini E-call
  • Compatible mobile phone bluetooth with audio streaming

  • Electro-mechanical speed dependant steering assistance

  • Automatic start/stop function with brake energy recuperation

  • Instrument cluster
  • MINI TeleServices
  • Service interval indicator
  • On board computer

  • Chrome line interior

  • High precision injection
  • Double Vanos system
  • Fully variable valve control

  • FM tuner and DAB digital radio
  • 6.5" touchscreen with LED ring

  • Chrome border high gloss black slats radiator grille
  • Model logo Cooper on right of tailgate
  • Body colour fuel filler cap
  • Left exhaust tailpipe with chrome finisher
  • Metal door sill strips with MINI imprint
  • Radiator grille bars, tailgate handle, lower front grille grating, rear central fog light in chrome
  • Side scuttle panel with integrated indicator
  • Chrome line exterior

  • White indicator lenses
  • Rear fog lights
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • LED headlight with closed ring and daytime driving lights
  • Automatic headlight activation switch
  • Rear LED lights with union jack design

  • Manual air conditioning

  • Tool kit
  • Cupholders
  • Storage compartments in doors
  • Glove compartment
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • 12V socket in centre console
  • 4 lashing eyes in luggage compartment
  • Height and length steering column adjustment
  • Leather gearshift lever and handbrake gaiters
  • Mini logo projection on floor from drivers exterior mirror
  • Chrome interior highlights
  • Air vents, gear lever base, speakers in doors, door handles in chrome
  • MINI Yours leather steering wheel with silver contrasting stitching with MINI Yours badge
  • Knee roll and door armrests

  • Interior lighting with 12 basic colours selectable via toggle switch in roof
  • LED reading lights, vanity mirror lights, front foot well light and spotlight on front seats

  • Navigation pack - Mini Hatchback

  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 6 Airbags - front, side, head and seat belt tensioners
  • Single tone fanfare horn
  • 3 point seatbelts on all five seats

  • Front and rear isofix with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Mechanical seat adjustment, driver seat height adjust, forward/back and front seats backrest
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Front and rear head restraints

  • Start/stop toggle with keyless go
  • Electronic vehicle immobiliser
  • Alarm system with tilt sensor, monitoring doors, bonnet interior and tailgate

  • 6 Speed manual transmission including gear change indicator display

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors

  • Noise Level dB(A): 68
  • CO: 0.155
  • HC: 0.036
  • NOx: 0.009
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • CO2 (g/km): 122
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 183
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 129
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 112
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 131
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 132
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 182
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 187
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 137
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 131

  • Engine Code: B38A15M1
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
  • CC: 1499

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
  • EC Urban (mpg): 40.9
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 61.4
  • EC Combined (mpg): 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 35.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 35.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 34
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: N
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: N
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: N
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: N
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: N
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: N
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 47.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 8.0
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Cooper Exclsv II Nav
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 79
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 73
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 66
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 56
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 4
  • Badge Power: 136
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 20E

  • Engine Power - KW: 100
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 162
  • Engine Torque - NM: 220
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 136
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.4
  • Top Speed: 129
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 22.4

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 205/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: ROULETTE SPOKE
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): 1932
  • Height: 1425
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 3982
  • Width: 1727
  • Wheelbase: 2567

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1190
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1700
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 40
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 278
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Max. Loading Weight: 510
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 941
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11

  • Heated front windscreen: £150
  • Darkened rear glass: £250

  • Adaptive suspension: £600

  • MINI Driving Modes - centre toggle switch to control driving setting (sport, mid and green): £200
  • Cruise control with brake function: Included

  • Piano black interior trim: £0
  • Mini Yours illuminated piano black interior trim: £0
  • MINI Yours fibre alloy interior trim: Included

  • Harman Kardon Hi Fi system with amplifier and 12 speakers: £600
  • 6 speakers: Included

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £525
  • Black roof rails: £150
  • Bonnet Stripes - White: £150
  • Bonnet Stripes - Black: £150
  • Silver roof and mirror caps: £0
  • Electric panoramic glass sunroof: £700
  • Special solid paint: £525
  • White roof and mirror caps: £0
  • Black roof and mirror caps: £0
  • Bonnet Stripes - Silver: £150
  • Body colour roof and mirror caps: Included
  • MINI Yours special metallic paint: £750

  • Satellite grey headlining including grab handles and clothes hooks: Included
  • Anthracite headlining with grab handles and clothes hooks: £150
  • Chester leather upholstery with sport seats: £0
  • MINI Yours lounge leather upholstery with sports seats: Included
  • Colour line - Carbon black: Included
  • Colour line - Satellite grey: £0
  • Colour line - Malt brown: £0

  • Driving Assistant pack with Active cruise control - Mini Hatchback: £800

  • Metallic - Starlight Blue: £525
  • Metallic - White silver: £525
  • Metallic - Moonwalk Grey: £525
  • Metallic - Midnight black: £525
  • Metallic - British racing green: £525
  • Metallic - Solaris orange: £525

  • Solid - Pepper White: £0

  • Special solid - Chili red: £525
  • MINI Yours special Metallic - Enigmatic Black: £750

  • Warning triangle and first aid kit: £60

  • Rear accessory carrier preparation: £200

  • Comfort access system: £250

  • MINI Yours lounge leather - Carbon black with sport seats: £0
  • Chester leather - Satellite grey with sport seats: £0
  • Chester leather - Malt Brown with sports seats: £0

  • 17" Roulette spoke alloy wheels: Included
  • 18" British spoke 2-tone alloy wheels with run flat tyres: £700
  • 17" Propeller spoke alloy wheels: £0
  • 17" Rail spoke alloy wheels: £0
  • 17" Tentacle spoke alloy wheels: £0

  • Tyre repair kit: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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