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 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.


Mini 5 door motability car dash

The Mini is a delight inside, even in the entry level Classic you have fell LED lights, toggle switches and a dinner plate sized centre console housing an 6.5 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. Move up to Sport trim and you add 17 inch spoke alloy wheels in black, rear spoiler, sport seats, leather steering wheel, cruise control and the option of sport suspension. The top trim Exclusive has 17 inch alloy wheels, chrome detailing, leather seats and cruise control. For an extra payment (around £900) you can add the Comfort and Nav packs that include sat nav and apple carplay, automatic air conditioning. rear parking sensors, passenger seat height adjustment, floor mats, front centre armrest and heated front seats.


Mini 5 door motability car doors

Two petrol engines are the only option as MINI have removed the two diesel engines options. 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 52.3 miles per gallon, power delivery is smooth, quiet on the road and almost makes the need for the 2.0 litre version redundant, but if you do want more power the 176bhp petrol 2.0 litre can accelerate to 62 mph in a warp speed 7.1 seconds while the economy slips to is 44.1 miles per gallon. Mini Convertible prices start at £2499.

Winter Best Buy – MINI 3 or 5 door Classic (134bhp 1.5 litre petrol) Cooper Manual  –   £500 Advance Payment (£68.52 wpms) or £749 as Automatic (£69.85 + £45 wpms)

Winter Best Buy – MINI 3 or 5 door Classic (176bhp 2.0 litre petrol) Cooper S Manual  –   £749 Advance Payment (£69.85 + £45 wpms) or £999 as Automatic (£69.85 + £295 wpms)