MINI

MINI COUNTRYMAN HATCHBACK 2.0 Cooper S Sport 5dr Auto [Comfort Pack]

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.4s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2147 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

The key update with this most recently revised model is that it's now possible to order it with adaptive damping - an important option given this car's go-kart-like firm ride, especially with larger wheels. Otherwise it's as you were. Can a slightly bigger MINI like this one 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 old 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. MINI driving modes are available as an option, which offer 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. The styling of this revised model doesn't look all that different, but close inspection will reveal a range of subtle updates. The front-view is dominated by a larger radiator grille with a black, hexagonal surround, flanked by the hallmark round MINI headlights. The position lights have been replaced by vertical air inlets to optimise aerodynamics and the central bumper strip is now in body colour, rather than black. The wheel arch has new contours, the side indicators have been redesigned to feature LED technology and at the back of the car, the fog light is now integrated into the rear apron as a narrow LED unit. 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. Interior updates include the standardisation of MINI's largest 8.8-inch centre touchscreen display and Piano Black high-gloss surfacing. Chrome elements have been significantly reduced throughout the interior with the two outer air outlets framed by black panels. The internal air vents have been completely redesigned and are now embedded to be flush with the interior surface. Plus the sports leather steering wheel has been redesigned and conventional analogue instrument dials have been replaced with a digital display.

Market and Model

There are three trim levels on offer here - 'Classic', 'Sport' and 'Exclusive'. There's a £700 premium over the 3-Door body shape. You'll pay from just over £20,000 for the MINI Cooper 5-door hatch in 'Classic' form, with about £1,500 more necessary if you want automatic transmission. That's a lot more than a Cooper used to cost with this body shape, but it isn't too much of an exorbitant sum for such a quick and capable car. Equipment levels feature items such as ambient lighting, auto headlamps and wipers, ISOFIX child seat fixings front and rear and Bluetooth. The MINI hatch buying proposition has always been about tailoring the car to your personal tastes, so you might well indulge in extras like body stripes, a John Cooper Works spoiler and contrasting mirrors. You can also choose from technology such as a head-up display, a MINI Navigation System, MINI Connect telematics and traffic sign recognition. The MINI Touch Controller allows you to write individual letters that the system then recognises when you're trying to input a sat nav destination for instance. MINI has standardised its bigger 8.8-inch central colour infotainment touchscreen, plus auto headlamps and wipers and two-zone automatic air-conditioning. Options include a new multi-tone roof. And heated front seats, a panoramic glass roof, a visibility package including windscreen heating, rain sensors, automatic light control, a Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system and a sports leather steering wheel. You can also spend your money on Park Distance Control, electrically heated and folding exterior mirrors, and an automatic anti-dazzle function for the interior and exterior mirrors. As you can see, the base retail price is just an opening gambit.

Cost of Ownership

The latest MINI Cooper 5-Door Hatch registers a respectable fuel economy - expect between 51.4mpg and 55.4mpg, depending on wheel size and transmission choice. Emissions are rated at 126g/km for manual models - a decent showing for a car offering this kind of performance. An innovation lies with the MINI Driving Modes, another optional extra. 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, comfort-biased or geared towards fuel efficiency. The latter includes a coasting mode when the driver removes their foot from the accelerator pedal. MINI Driving Modes also influence the ambient lighting, shift characteristics of the automatic transmission and the Variable Damper Control - if that extra cost option is selected.

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, this car has sold quite well for MINI and the company's position in the compact hatch sector has changed significantly. In the eyes of many potential customers, the extra versatility of this variant has turned 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 windows
  • Heated rear window
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Rain sensor with auto headlights
  • Rear window wiper
  • Sun/heat protection glass

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

  • Mini E-call

  • Active Guard incl speed limiting and lane departure functions with auto steering, and front collision warning with brake intervention
  • Electro-mechanical speed dependant steering assistance
  • MINI Driving Modes - centre toggle switch to control driving setting (sport, mid and green)

  • Automatic start/stop function with brake energy recuperation

  • MINI TeleServices
  • Instrument cluster
  • On board computer

  • Piano black JCW interior trim

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

  • FM tuner and DAB digital radio

  • John Cooper Works - aerodynamic kit, front and rear sport bumpers and part-painted side sills with door sill finishers
  • Side scuttle panel with integrated indicator
  • Split rear doors
  • Model logo
  • Model logo on Tailgate
  • Metal door sill strips with Cooper S imprint
  • Chrome border honeycomb structure radiator grille with S badge
  • Bonnet scoop
  • Chrome fuel filler cap
  • John Cooper Works Logo
  • John Cooper Works rear spoiler
  • Twin exhaust tailpipe

  • Dynamic brake lights
  • LED fog lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • White indicator lenses
  • Day time driving lights

  • 4 lashing eyes in luggage compartment
  • John Cooper Works perforated leather steering wheel with contrast stitching in chilli red and John Cooper Works logo
  • Height and length steering column adjustment
  • Leather gearshift lever and handbrake gaiters
  • English handbook
  • 360L luggage compartment capacity
  • Anthracite headlining with grab handles and clothes hooks
  • Chrome interior highlights
  • Colour line - Carbon black
  • Storage compartments in doors
  • Cupholders
  • Tool kit
  • Glove compartment
  • 12V socket in centre console
  • Multifunction steering wheel

  • 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 - Countryman
  • Excitement pack - Countryman

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

  • Isofix rear child seat preparation
  • Front headrests
  • Rear headrests
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats

  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Start/stop toggle with keyless go
  • Deadlocking function
  • Auto drive away locking
  • Electronic vehicle immobiliser
  • Alarm system with tilt sensor, monitoring doors, bonnet interior and tailgate

  • Steptronic sport transmission with double clutch and steering wheel paddles
  • Performance Control

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 211
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 143
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 121
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 149
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 148
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 211
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 215
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 143
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 148
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 120
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 125
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 147
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 153
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 152
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 147
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Engine Code: B48A20M1
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
  • CC: 1998

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 30.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 30.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 30.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 42.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 9.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 9.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 9.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.7

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Badge Power: 178
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 25E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Cooper S Sport Cmf
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 131
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 207
  • Engine Torque - NM: 280
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1350
  • Engine Power - BHP: 178
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.4
  • Top Speed: 140
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 28.6

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

  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/50 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/50 R18
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: JCW GRIP SPOKE

  • Width (including mirrors): 2001
  • Height: 1557
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4297
  • Width: 1822
  • Wheelbase: 2670

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1480
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2040
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 51
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 450
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 560
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1390
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.4

  • Heated front windscreen: £150
  • Darkened rear glass: £300

  • Adaptive suspension: £700
  • Sports suspension: £0

  • Cruise control with brake function: Included

  • Head up Display: £500

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

  • Additional special metallic paint: £795
  • Panoramic opening glass sunroof: £800
  • Special Metallic paint: £595
  • Special solid paint: £595
  • White roof and mirror caps: £0
  • Black roof and mirror caps: £0
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Black roof rails: £100
  • Silver roof rails: Included
  • Bonnet Stripes - White: £150
  • Bonnet Stripes - Black: £150
  • Body colour roof and mirror caps: Included

  • Adaptive LED Headlights with matrix function: £500
  • LED Headlights: Included

  • Dinamica/Cloth Upholstery with JCW sport seat: Included
  • Cross punch leather upholstery with sport seats: £500
  • Dinamica/Leather upholstery with JCW sport seats: £500
  • Rear centre armrest with 2 cup holders: £210

  • Driver assistant pack - Countryman: £800
  • Comfort pack - Countryman: Included
  • Piano black exterior pack - Countryman Cooper S/SD/SE: £650
  • Activity pack - Countryman: £800
  • Comfort plus pack - Countryman: £700

  • Metallic - Moonwalk Grey: £0

  • Special solid - Chili red: £595
  • Special Metallic - White silver: £595
  • Special Metallic - Midnight black: £595
  • Special Metallic - Island blue: £595
  • Special Metallic - British racing green IV: £595
  • Special Metallic - Sage green: £795
  • Special Metallic - Thunder grey: £595
  • Special Metallic - Enigmatic black: £795

  • Warning triangle and first aid kit: £60

  • Electric adjustable seats with memory function: £1,100
  • Mechanical seat adjustment, driver seat height adjust, forward/back and front seats backrest: Included
  • Front passenger isofix and airbag deactivation: £100

  • Comfort access system: £350

  • Trailer tow hitch: £700

  • Dinamica/cloth - Carbon black with JCW sport seats: £0

  • Cross punch leather - Carbon black with sport seats: £500

  • Dinamica/leather - Carbon black with JCW sport seats: £500

  • 18" John Cooper Works grip spoke alloy wheels: Included
  • 19" John Cooper Works circuit spoke alloy wheels: £500
  • 18" John Cooper Works Grip spoke alloy wheels with run flat tyres: £200

  • Space saver spare wheel: £100
  • 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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