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1.5 Cooper S E Classic ALL4 PHEV 5dr Auto

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Technical Data

Review

Key Features

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeHybrid
Emissions
Emissions40.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed122mph

Driver Convenience

  • Active Guard incl speed limiting and lane departure functions with auto steering, and front collision warning with brake intervention
  • Automatic start/stop function with brake energy recuperation
  • Digital cockpit
  • eDrive button
  • Electro-mechanical speed dependant steering assistance
  • Instrument cluster
  • MINI Driving Modes - centre toggle switch to control driving setting (sport, mid and green)
  • Mini E-call
  • MINI TeleServices
  • On board computer
  • Rear parking distance control

Entertainment

  • FM tuner and DAB digital radio

Exterior Features

  • Bonnet scoop
  • Chrome border honeycomb structure radiator grille with S badge
  • Chrome fuel filler cap
  • Day time driving lights
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Electric windows
  • Heated rear window
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • LED fog lights
  • LED Headlights
  • Metal door sill strips with Cooper S imprint
  • Model logo
  • Model logo on Tailgate
  • Rain sensor with auto headlights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Rear window wiper
  • Side scuttle panel with integrated indicator
  • Split rear doors
  • Sun/heat protection glass
  • Twin exhaust tailpipe
  • White indicator lenses

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in centre console
  • 3 spoke sport leather steering wheel + limiter function and audio controls
  • 360L luggage compartment capacity
  • 4 lashing eyes in luggage compartment
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • Chrome interior highlights
  • Colour line - Carbon black
  • Cupholders
  • English handbook
  • Front headrests
  • Glove compartment
  • Headliner with grab handles and clothes hooks
  • Height and length steering column adjustment
  • Interior lighting with 12 basic colours selectable via toggle switch in roof
  • Isofix rear child seat preparation
  • Leather gearshift lever and handbrake gaiters
  • LED reading lights, vanity mirror lights, front foot well light and spotlight on front seats
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Mechanical seat adjustment, driver seat height adjust, forward/back and front seats backrest
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Passenger seat height adjuster
  • Rear headrests
  • Storage compartments in doors
  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors
  • Tool kit

Packs

  • Excitement pack - Countryman
  • Navigation pack - Countryman

Safety

  • 2 tone horn
  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats
  • 6 Airbags - front, side, head and seat belt tensioners
  • Acoustic pedestrian protection
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Electronic handbrake
  • Front and rear disc brakes
  • Hill start assist
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Alarm system with tilt sensor, monitoring doors, bonnet interior and tailgate
  • Auto drive away locking
  • Deadlocking function
  • Electronic vehicle immobiliser
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Start/stop toggle with keyless go

Technical

  • Automatic transmission
  • Charging flap on front left lower A-panel
  • Double Vanos system
  • Fully variable valve control
  • High precision injection
  • Home charging cable
  • Performance Control
  • Public charging cable

Trim

  • Piano black interior trim

Driver Convenience

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Paintwork

Passive Safety

Trim

Wheels

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    8.8
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    2.3
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    300
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    3.7
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    192
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • WLTP - AER (km) - City
    59
  • WLTP - AER (km) - City - Max
    56
  • WLTP - AER (km) - City - Min
    59
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb
    48
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb - Max
    46
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb - Min
    48
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - City
    36.7
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - City - Max
    34.8
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - City - Min
    36.7
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb
    29.8
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb - Max
    28.6
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb - Min
    29.8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City
    17.3
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City - Max
    18.1
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City - Min
    17.2
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
    20
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max
    21.1
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min
    19.9
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Extra High
    25.9
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Extra High - Max
    27.2
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Extra High - Min
    25.7
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - High
    17.3
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - High - Max
    18.1
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - High - Min
    17.1
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Low
    18.8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Low - Max
    19.3
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Low - Min
    18.8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Medium
    16.8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Medium - Max
    17.5
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Medium - Min
    16.5
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City
    3.6
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City - Max
    3.4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City - Min
    3.6
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb
    3.1
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max
    2.9
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min
    3.1
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Extra High
    2.4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Extra High - Max
    2.3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Extra High - Min
    2.4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - High
    3.6
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - High - Max
    3.4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - High - Min
    3.6
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Low
    3.3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Low - Max
    3.2
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Low - Min
    3.3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Medium
    3.7
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Medium - Max
    3.6
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Medium - Min
    3.8
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (kWh/100km) - Comb
    18.8
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max
    Not Available
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min
    Not Available
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (miles/kWh) - Comb
    3.3
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max
    3.2
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min
    3.3
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb
    14.8
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max
    15.2
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min
    14.8
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb
    4.2
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max
    4.1
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min
    4.2
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City
    59
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City - Max
    57
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City - Min
    59
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb
    51
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max
    49
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min
    51
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Extra High
    39
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Extra High - Max
    38
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Extra High - Min
    40
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - High
    59
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - High - Max
    57
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - High - Min
    60
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Low
    54
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Low - Max
    53
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Low - Min
    54
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Medium
    61
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Medium - Max
    59
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Medium - Min
    61
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City
    36.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City - Max
    35.4
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City - Min
    36.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb
    31.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max
    30.4
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min
    31.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Extra High
    24.2
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Extra High - Max
    23.6
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Extra High - Min
    24.9
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - High
    36.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - High - Max
    35.4
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - High - Min
    37.3
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Low
    33.6
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Low - Max
    32.9
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Low - Min
    33.6
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Medium
    37.9
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Medium - Max
    36.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Medium - Min
    37.9

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.205
  • HC
    0.011
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • NOx
    0.005
  • Particles
    0.0004
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb
    165
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb - Max
    167
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb - Min
    164
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High
    183
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High - Max
    185
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High - Min
    181
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High
    142
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High - Max
    145
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High - Min
    142
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low
    198
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low - Max
    201
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low - Min
    197
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium
    145
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium - Max
    148
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium - Min
    145
  • WLTP - CO2 Charge Depleting (g/km) - Comb
    17
  • WLTP - CO2 Charge Depleting (g/km) - Comb - Max
    19
  • WLTP - CO2 Charge Depleting (g/km) - Comb - Min
    16
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb
    40
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max
    42
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min
    40

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1499
  • Compression Ratio
    11.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    3
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    94.6
  • Engine Code
    XB2131M0
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO INJECTION
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    12
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (l/100km) - Comb
    0.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    0.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    0.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (mpg) - Comb
    403.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (mpg) - Comb - Max
    353.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (mpg) - Comb - Min
    403.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb
    7.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    7.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    7.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High
    8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    8.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High
    6.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High - Max
    6.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High - Min
    6.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low
    8.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low - Max
    8.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low - Min
    8.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium
    6.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    6.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    6.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb
    39.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - Max
    38.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - Min
    39.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High
    35.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High - Max
    34.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High - Min
    35.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High
    44.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High - Max
    44.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High - Min
    45.6
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low
    32.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low - Max
    32.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low - Min
    32.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium
    44.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium - Max
    43.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium - Min
    44.1
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb
    1.8
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    1.8
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    1.7
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb
    156.9
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max
    156.9
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min
    166.2

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.5
  • Badge Power
    220
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    E ALL4
  • Coin Series
    Cooper S Classic
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    26E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    90
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    80
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    64
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    51
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    15000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    6.8
  • Engine Power - BHP
    220
  • Engine Power - KW
    162
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    162
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    22.4
  • Engine Torque - NM
    220
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1500
  • Top Speed
    122

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    225/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear
    225/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    IMPRINT SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1559
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4297
  • Wheelbase
    2670
  • Width
    1822
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2001

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    36
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2270
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1275
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    405
  • Max. Loading Weight
    555
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1715
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.4

The improved MINI Hatch 5-Door makes a lot of sense. Particularly in 1.5-litre petrol-powered Cooper guise. Jonathan Crouch reports

Background

Take a standard MINI, add a dash of length and practicality and you'd have a strong seller. You'd have a car like this, the MINI Hatch 5-Door. There are potentially lots of folk who like the stylish frugality and fun, chuckable, cheeky demeanour of the MINI Hatch 3-Door model but simply can't justify that car's tiny rear seats and restricted boot. Like me perhaps, they've an occasional need to transport up to three kids in the back. And they require a car that won't be daunted by the modest proceeds of a family superstore shop. A car like this one? It's certainly going to be a strong seller for the brand, priced and sized in fertile territory somewhere between Fiesta-shaped superminis and Focus-sized family hatches. You can see why it might appeal. But would you really want one? Let's find out at the wheel of this usefully enhanced petrol-powered 1.5-litre Cooper model.

Driving Experience

The key update with this most recently revised model is that it's now possible to order it with adaptive damping - an important option given this car's go-kart-like firm ride, especially with larger wheels. Otherwise it's as you were. Can a slightly bigger MINI like this one really feel like a proper MINI should? Fun, frisky - up for anything? The brand's Countryman crossover model has tried hard in that regard but arguably remains a little too heavy - and perhaps even a little too sophisticated - to quite hit the mark. With his MINI -Door Hatch model though, buyers get the extra doors and at least some of the extra practicality they were seeking without any dynamic downsides. Or none that I can feel anyway. If the stretched wheelbase of this car has done anything to dent the eagerness of the taut MINI chassis, then I couldn't feel it. We reckon the 1.5-litre petrol-powered Cooper model on test here represents the sweet spot in the range. The engine is actually basically the same unit that assists the electric motor in BMW's old i8 supercar. Here, as there, it punches well above its weight, enabling the performance of this third generation version Cooper to at last aspire to the lower-rungs of the hot hatch ladder: 62mph can be dispatched in just 8.2s en route to 129mph, which, I think, will be quite as fast as most will really want to go in this car. MINI driving modes are available as an option, which offer drivers the choice between Sport, Mid and Green modes. Using a rotary switch at the base of the gearstick or selector lever, drivers can swap from the default Mid mode to either Sport or Green. The three choices offer a set-up which is either performance-oriented, balanced or geared towards fuel efficiency. MINI driving modes also influences the ambient lighting, shift characteristics of the optional automatic transmission and the Variable Damper Control - if that option is selected.

Design and Build

The worst mistake any MINI can make is to lose its 'MINI-ness'. And much of that is, after all, tied up in this model's diminutive dimensions. Which, as it happens, aren't so diminutive these days thanks to this third generation Hatch design's increases in width, height and length. To these enhancements, this Hatch 5-Door variant adds 161mm of length and 11mm of height over its Hatch 3-Door sibling, all of this thanks to a wheelbase stretched by 72mm. The styling of this revised model doesn't look all that different, but close inspection will reveal a range of subtle updates. The front-view is dominated by a larger radiator grille with a black, hexagonal surround, flanked by the hallmark round MINI headlights. The position lights have been replaced by vertical air inlets to optimise aerodynamics and the central bumper strip is now in body colour, rather than black. The wheel arch has new contours, the side indicators have been redesigned to feature LED technology and at the back of the car, the fog light is now integrated into the rear apron as a narrow LED unit. On to the differences that this Hatch 5-Door model delivers over its Hatch 3-Door stablemate. Nearly half of the extra length you get with this variant has gone into providing extra rear seat space, though to some extent, the issue lies in getting to it. The extra rear doors are really pretty small, so squeezing in and out can be tricky. Once you're inside on the rear seat though, the news gets better. Anyone who's ever been crammed into the back of a MINI Hatch 3-Door model for any length of time will be astonished by just how much space has been created here simply by increasing the length of the car by a mere 161mm. Interior updates include the standardisation of MINI's largest 8.8-inch centre touchscreen display and Piano Black high-gloss surfacing. Chrome elements have been significantly reduced throughout the interior with the two outer air outlets framed by black panels. The internal air vents have been completely redesigned and are now embedded to be flush with the interior surface. Plus the sports leather steering wheel has been redesigned and conventional analogue instrument dials have been replaced with a digital display.

Market and Model

There are three trim levels on offer here - 'Classic', 'Sport' and 'Exclusive'. There's a £700 premium over the 3-Door body shape. You'll pay from just over £20,000 for the MINI Cooper 5-door hatch in 'Classic' form, with about £1,500 more necessary if you want automatic transmission. That's a lot more than a Cooper used to cost with this body shape, but it isn't too much of an exorbitant sum for such a quick and capable car. Equipment levels feature items such as ambient lighting, auto headlamps and wipers, ISOFIX child seat fixings front and rear and Bluetooth. The MINI hatch buying proposition has always been about tailoring the car to your personal tastes, so you might well indulge in extras like body stripes, a John Cooper Works spoiler and contrasting mirrors. You can also choose from technology such as a head-up display, a MINI Navigation System, MINI Connect telematics and traffic sign recognition. The MINI Touch Controller allows you to write individual letters that the system then recognises when you're trying to input a sat nav destination for instance. MINI has standardised its bigger 8.8-inch central colour infotainment touchscreen, plus auto headlamps and wipers and two-zone automatic air-conditioning. Options include a new multi-tone roof. And heated front seats, a panoramic glass roof, a visibility package including windscreen heating, rain sensors, automatic light control, a Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system and a sports leather steering wheel. You can also spend your money on Park Distance Control, electrically heated and folding exterior mirrors, and an automatic anti-dazzle function for the interior and exterior mirrors. As you can see, the base retail price is just an opening gambit.

Cost of Ownership

The latest MINI Cooper 5-Door Hatch registers a respectable fuel economy - expect between 51.4mpg and 55.4mpg, depending on wheel size and transmission choice. Emissions are rated at 126g/km for manual models - a decent showing for a car offering this kind of performance. An innovation lies with the MINI Driving Modes, another optional extra. Using a rotary switch at the base of the gearstick or selector lever, drivers can swap from the default MID mode to either SPORT or GREEN. The three choices offer a set-up which is either performance-oriented, comfort-biased or geared towards fuel efficiency. The latter includes a coasting mode when the driver removes their foot from the accelerator pedal. MINI Driving Modes also influence the ambient lighting, shift characteristics of the automatic transmission and the Variable Damper Control - if that extra cost option is selected.

Summary

In one sense, it's extraordinary that it took the MINI brand until 2015 to bring us this car. After all, over 70% of all sales in the small hatchback segment are of five-door models. In not offering a conventional MINI Hatch with that option, this franchise was missing out on a significant number of sales. With the extra doors in place, this car has sold quite well for MINI and the company's position in the compact hatch sector has changed significantly. In the eyes of many potential customers, the extra versatility of this variant has turned what was previously an un-buyable car into a really credible proposition. Which is exactly what it is in 1.5-litre petrol Cooper guise. This engine is good enough to make you wonder whether there's really any need to trade up to the much pricier 2.0-litre Cooper S. Or indeed whether it's worth finding the premium for diesel power. It's that good.

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