Mini : Two more doors!

The third-generation Mini of the BMW era will include an additional variant: a five-door version. Sir Alec Issigonis, creator of the original Mini, must be turning over in his grave! But what about the car itself...?

With a model like this, BMW is not hiding its ambition to compete with the Audi A1 Sportback. This Mini can be recognised easily in traffic: its general look is still as fun and pleasing as ever. This version is 16 cm longer than the three-door Mini, reaching a total length of precisely 3.98 m. Who says size doesn't matter?

Obviously, the rear passengers will enjoy the 7 cm added to the wheelbase. So much the better! From a practical standpoint, this Mini will offer 67 litres more boot space than the three-door version, for a total effective volume of 278 litres. This volume can be extended to 941 litres by folding back the rear seats (60/40).

The car maker will be proposing four engine options at first. For the diesel range, you can choose between a 116-horsepower engine (Cooper D) and a 170-hp 2.0-litre option (Cooper SD). On the petrol side, a 136-hp engine will power the Cooper, while a 192-hp version will hum under the bonnet of the Cooper S. An even more powerful John Cooper Works version is also expected. The five-door Mini should be arriving in showrooms this autumn.

What do you think of this umpteenth interpretation of the modern Mini?