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Mini 5-door

5-door

Mini logo1 Oct 2014

By ROBBIE WALLIS

Mini expanded its range in October 2014 with the introduction of the flexible 5-door hatchback.

Based on the architecture of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, the 5-door mimicked the 3-door hatch in terms of trim and specification levels and was initially offered in Cooper, Cooper D and Cooper S guise.

The entry-level Mini Cooper was equipped with the brand’s three-cylinder turbo 1.5-litre petrol engine that made 100kW at 4400rpm, and 220Nm of torque at a low 1250rpm.

The Cooper S was powered by a direct-injection 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol powerplant. Equipped with both variable valve and camshaft timing, as well as a variable-geometry turbo, it produced 141kW between 4700 and 6000rpm, and 280Nm of torque from 1250 to 4750rpm.

The three-cylinder turbo-diesel Cooper D, meanwhile, made 85kW and 270Nm, and returned the best economy figures of the range at a claimed 3.8 litres per 100km (manual) and 3.9 litres (auto).

All three variants offered a full suite of active and passive safety systems, including front, side and curtain airbags, brake assist with cornering brake control, dynamic stability and traction control and parking sensors. An inflation kit took the place of a spare tyre.

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