Paris 2014: 2015 MINI Hardtop 5-Door Arrives

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
paris 2014 2015 mini hardtop 5 door arrives

For those who wanted a MINI, but only if it had two extra doors — and wasn’t a Countryman — then this MINI Hardtop 5-Door’s for you.

With its overall length increase of 6.3 inches and boosted wheelbase of 2.9 inches, the five-door hatch is not exactly “mini”; it’s also longer than the Toyota Yaris or Mazda2. That said, it can hold five passengers, offers a half-inch more headroom than the three-door model, and can carry more with its 13.1 cubic-foot trunk.

Up front, either a 1.5-liter three-pot (134 horsepower/162 lb-ft torque) or a 2-liter turbo-four (S model; 189 horses/207 lb-ft, 221 lb-ft overboosted) can deliver power to the front wheels via either six-speed manual or auto transmissions. Nil to 60 is 7.6 seconds, 6.6 for the S Hardtop.

Both models come with two modes of travel: Sport and Green. Adjustments to both throttle and transmission deliver either better efficiency or performance, with auto-equipped models shifting into neutral when coasting for more fuel savings in Green mode. Camera-based adaptive cruise control, LED headlamps, start/stop button et al are available, as well.

Price of admission is $22,550 for the standard model, $25,950 for the S variant. Both Hardtops will be due at the dealership soon.

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  • Beerboy12 Beerboy12 on Oct 02, 2014

    OK so I think the look will take a bit of getting used to. It's like a stretched new original... I think the added convenience of rear doors and extra space will really benefit the brand in terms of sales. 3 doors look cool but in reality and everyday living they are a pain. 5 doors is perfect. 4 doors for passengers and the big old door at the back for all the cra... stuff you just bought at Costco ;-)

  • Rod Panhard Rod Panhard on Oct 03, 2014

    It's unfortunate that here in the States, there aren't enough varieties of "four-door hatchbacks that are fun to drive" to make a category on a TV gameshow. Even if we expand that to include "crossovers," it's still not enough choices. I refuse to pass judgement until I see it in the flesh, but my initial thought is that PetSmart called and they want the fishbowls back that MINI used for taillights.

  • FifaCup Loving both Interior and exterior designs.
  • FifaCup This is not good for the auto industry
  • Jeff S This would be a good commuter vehicle especially for those working in a large metropolitan area. The only thing is that by the time you put airbags, backup cameras, and a few of the other required safety features this car would no longer be simple and the price would be not much cheaper than a subcompact. I like the idea but I doubt a car like this would get marketed in anyplace besides Europe and the 3rd World.
  • ScarecrowRepair That's what I came to say!
  • Inside Looking Out " the plastic reinforced with cotton waste used on select garbage vehicles assembled by the Soviet Union. "Wrong. The car you are talking about was the product German engineering, East German. It's name was Trabant.