Mini 5 Door Review
  • More cabin and cargo space is welcome; maintains Mini three-door’s dynamic sharpness; $1100 premium isn’t over the top
  • Busy ride; expensive options list remains; narrow rear door aperture make egress harder than it needs to be

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8 / 10

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Mini 5 Door Review

The Mini 5 Door opens up a new part of the market for the style-driven youth arm of BMW. Say what you will — every new Mini spinoff is greeted with derision from some — but adding an extra set of doors and stretching the body of the three-door hatch makes a whole world of sense, if you can shelve the nostalgia and romance for a minute...

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Mini 5 Door priced from $27,750

The polarising Mini 5 Door will command an $1100 premium over its three-door equivalents when it arrives on local shores ahead of schedule in about November this year, giving it an entry price of $27,750 plus on-road costs...


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Mini Rocketman a long way from takeoff

Mini’s mission to make a properly tiny model that harks to the original more authentically is hampered by snags, the company says, meaning the feted Mini Rocketman concept remains just that, a concept.  As we reported earlier this week, Mini head of design Anders Warming told UK publication Auto Express an even smaller Mini model made sense for the brand, though admitted “at the moment, we don’t have the right tech solutions, but we are working on it”...


2015 Mini Clubman six-door production model to launch at 2015 Frankfurt motor show
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2015 Mini Clubman six-door production model to launch at 2015 Frankfurt motor show

A production version of the six-doored Mini Paceman concept from this year’s Geneva motor show will launch 12 months from now and stay true to that car’s mould-breaking formula.  Set to premiere at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show in September next year, the second-generation version of the ‘new’ Mini Clubman will do away with the current car’s cumbersome suicide door layout that the company admits pushed the bounds of reason...


More Minis, including an even larger crossover, entirely possible
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More Minis, including an even larger crossover, entirely possible

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Mini Rocketman back on the table, says design boss - report

A micro-sized city car inspired by the Mini Rocketman concept is reportedly back on the table, according to the British brand’s styling chief. Mini head of design Anders Warming told Auto Express an even smaller Mini model made sense for the brand, and revealed it is working through the issues that currently make such a car unviable...


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Audi A1 v Mini Cooper : Comparison review

‘Premium light’ is a term for more than just watered-down beer charged exorbitantly at the footy. The reborn Mini Cooper and original Audi A1 each ask around double that of similarly sized hatchbacks, which start from around $15K, but their makers would argue they are big on flavour and … well, premium-ness. For buyers living in the big smoke, they should be close to ideal...


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2017 Mini Countryman : Second-gen mini SUV goes maxi

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2015 Mini Countryman and Mini Paceman pricing announced

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2014 Mini One Hatch: Pricing and specifications

There's a new budget-friendly base model Mini: the new Mini One Hatch is arriving in Australian showrooms now, priced from $24,500. That price positions the new Mini One Hatch as the cheapest car the brand has sold in Australia under BMW's guidance, undercutting the previous-generation Mini Ray which sold for $25,800 plus on-road costs...


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Next Mini John Cooper Works models to get 172kW turbo engine - report

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BMW and Mini introduce integrated GoPro app

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Mini One First: New base model 1.2-litre detailed ahead of possible local launch

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Mini Cooper SD revealed as brand's quickest diesel model yet

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Mini 5 Door revealed

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Mini Superleggera Vision: Electric roadster to debut at Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

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Old versus New: Legendary Badges Compared

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Mini five-door hatch, new Clubman wagon spied together
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Mini five-door hatch, new Clubman wagon spied together

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Mini Paceman Adventure ute revealed
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Mini Paceman Adventure ute revealed

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Mini Paceman updated with sharper looks, performance

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Mini Countryman: updated SUV gains styling, performance tweaks
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Mini Countryman: updated SUV gains styling, performance tweaks

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2014 Mini Cooper Review
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2014 Mini Cooper Review

Take a quick look and you may think there’s little new about the third-generation Mini Cooper. The latest iteration of the iconic British city car follows a familiar formula, inheriting the signature shape made famous by the 1959 original and the cartoon styling that’s a trademark of the modern-day BMW-owned brand...

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2014 Mini Cooper pricing and specifications
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2014 Mini Cooper pricing and specifications

While at first glance it may look much like every new-age Mini before it, the third-generation Mini Cooper hatch that launches in Australia this week is new in almost every way. The new Cooper’s platform, engines, transmissions, suspension, technology, safety features and packaging have been completely overhauled, while Mini Australia has also bucked a global trend by cutting rather than increasing prices...


Mini One: cut-price Cooper firms for Australia
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Mini One: cut-price Cooper firms for Australia

The new-generation Mini range is set to see the introduction of a budget-friendly base model. On the back of the reveal of the third-generation Mini One at the Geneva motor show, a new cut-price model appears almost certain for Australia. Mini has previously offered the Mini Ray in Australia, a car that was priced attractively at $25,500 plus on-road costs (or $28,800 drive-away)...


Mini Cooper: third-gen hatch from $26,650
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Mini Cooper: third-gen hatch from $26,650

The all-new third-generation Mini Cooper will start up to $5000 cheaper than the model it replaces when the British hatch goes on sale locally later this month. Starting at $26,650 – down $5000 – the Mini Cooper is powered by a 100kW/220Nm (230Nm with overboost) turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine...


2014 Mini Cooper accessories revealed
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2014 Mini Cooper accessories revealed

The 2014 Mini Cooper will be just as customisable as its predecessor, with the British brand unveiling a range of quirky accoutrements for the new-generation retro hatch. The new-generation Mini Cooper arrives on sale early next month, and is set to be offered with a range of optional goodies including four new "design lines"...


Daredevil Guerlain Chicherit crashes in world record Mini jump attempt
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Daredevil Guerlain Chicherit crashes in world record Mini jump attempt

French daredevil Guerlain Chicherit has avoided serious injury after a practice run of his world record Mini jump attempt literally came crashing down overnight. Aiming to beat the 100-metre record set by fellow rally stuntman Tanner Foust in 2011, Chicherit launched his modified Mini Countryman over a specially prepared jump in Tignes in the southern Rhone-Alpes region of France but came down to Earth in a dramatic somersaulting wreck...


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Mini Coupe, Roadster, Paceman face the axe - report

The Mini Coupe, Roadster and Paceman all reportedly face the axe as the BMW-owned British brand looks to strengthen its “pillar” models in its new, third-generation line-up. Asked if the company was planning new versions of the hatch-based two-seat Coupe and Roadster models, Mini product management chief Oliver Friedmann told industry journal Automotive News Europe: “It’s not decided but most probably this is not a priority...