Mini 5 door

Mini 5 door motability car frontThe new Mini 5 door is 17cm longer than the three door and has, as the name suggests, rear doors, albeit very small rear doors that can be a struggle getting an adult through or fixing the children into their seat, but this is a car designed to offer competition to the Fiat 500l and Audi A1 not the Ford Focus or VW Golf and as such it is a car that looks not only looks great on the school run but is offers the Mini experience of being fun to drive, delightful to look at and offers a built quality that other car manufacturers can only ‘doff their cap’ to. The front half of the car is identical, inside and out, to the three door car and it’s only when you turn your head that you realise there is a bit more to your Mini, the extra length takes nothing off the driving fun and you have the advantage that you don’t have to get out of the car to get passengers in, you also have 67 litres more space in the boot giving 278 litres in total.


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The Mini is a delight inside, toggle switches and a dinner plate sized centre console housing an 8.8 inch screen to control the DAB radio and audio inputs powered by a toggle switch by the gear stick, storage is excellent and the driving position complements the cars go kart driving abilities. Two versions are available to mobility customer, the Cooper and the Cooper S, both have alloy wheels, air-conditioning, Bluetooth hands-free phone connection, a digital radio and a USB socket, the Cooper S increases the alloy wheels from 15″ to 16″ adds a twin exhaust pipe, sports steering wheel and seats. The option to further enhance your Mini comes in the form of  the ‘chilli’ pack which adds auto lights and wipers, on board computer, automatic air conditioning, LED Lights, 17 inch alloy’s, auto air con, leather strips to the seats, a multi function steering wheel and the ability to choose different driving modes.


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Two petrol and two diesel engines are available, the entry level 1.5 litre petrol produces 134 bhp and is a quick car in its own right, 0-62 mph in 8.2 seconds and a top speed of 129 mph while still returning a claimed combined cycle of 60.1 miles per gallon. The 114 bhp 1.5 litre diesel offer 114 bhp and a 0-62 time of 9.4 seconds and economy of 78.5 miles per gallon, both these engines are excellent, power delivery is smooth, quiet on the road and almost makes the need for the 2.0 litre versions redundant, but if you want more power the 189bhp petrol 2.0 litre can accelerate to 62 mph in a warp speed 6.9 seconds followed by the 2.0 litre diesel that cuts the tape in 7.4 seconds, economy is 47.9 for the petrol and 68.9 for the diesel.


Mini 5 door motability car aboveThe 1.5 litre cars make for the best value but if you want the Cooper S then you have to choose the larger engine. A six-speed sports automatic transmission is available on all engines and can be operated in manual mode using shift paddles behind the steering wheel. The prices are realistic for the entry cars but can spiral once you start adding ‘packs’ so be careful. A special edition ‘Seven’ has been launched which includes special 17 inch alloys, half-leather trim, Bluetooth and the sportier gauges which result from Mini’s ‘Excitement Pack’ all included. There are also special edition badges and kick plates.

 Autumn Best Buy – MINI 3 or 5 door Cooper (134bhp 1.5 litre petrol) Manual  –   Nil Advance Payment (£61.06 wpms) or £249 as Automatic (£62.72 wpms)

 Autumn Best Buy – MINI 3 or 5 door Cooper S (189bhp 2.0 litre petrol) Manual  –   £399 Advance Payment (£63.72 wpms) or £1099 as Automatic (£14 wpms)