2015 Mini Cooper 5 Door
Unless you’re a diehard fan of the MINI Cooper, it probably takes a second or two to differentiate the current design from the previous two generations. That might change a little for the 2015 model year when MINI introduces the new 2015 MINI Cooper five-door. The Mini Cooper has gotten a little less mini with BMW rolling out its first 5-door version of the premium compact. The latest three-door Hardtop’s generous size increase does make for a roomier interior, but the car also looks like a five-fourths—or larger—scale Mini. Now Mini is expanding the brand (how many times will we write those words?) with this volume-chasing five-door, which is a first if you don’t count the Countryman crossover. Sadly, the fiver doesn’t fix the Hardtop’s visual eccentricities, but it does provide another bump in cabin space. The 2015 Mini Cooper 5 Door not only represents the second official variant of the third-generation Mini Cooper, but also the first crack at the four-door hatchback market — remember, the Countryman doesn’t count since that’s a crossover. The latest version of the retro-styled subcompact hatchback features two extra doors, a concept that some customers apparently can’t come to grips with. Some don’t know which one to open, others are surprised by what comes out.
2015 Mini Cooper Specs
The heavier five-door will likely fall short of the three-door’s EPA fuel-economy ratings, although that won’t be confirmed until closer to the car’s on-sale date. (For 2014, only the new-generation three-door Hardtop model is on sale in North America.)
No changes will take place to the powertrain, which means the 2015 MINI Cooper five-door will carry over the same powertrain. In Europe, the MINI Cooper 5 Door will be offered with a range of three- and four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. Here in the U.S., we expect the powertrain lineup to mimic the standard Cooper range, including the 124-horsepower base 1.5-liter three-cylinder and the Cooper S’s 189-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Both six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions are expected for U.S. models as well.
The Mini 5-door comes in four variants; two petrol engined and two with diesel engines. Each uses MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology, which includes turbocharging, direct or common rail injection, fully variable valve control, and variable camshaft control. These include:
- MINI Cooper S 5-door: The Mini Cooper S 5-door has a 2-liter, 4-cylinder petrol engine putting out 192 bhp (141 kW) and 280 Nm of torque. With a top speed of 144 mph (232 km/h), it can go from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.9 seconds.
- MINI Cooper 5 door: The Mini Cooper 5-door is a little more modest with a 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder petrol engine that still manages 136 bhp (100 kW) and 220 Nm of torque. It can do 0 to 62 mph in 8.2 seconds, with a top speed of 128 mph (207 km/h).
- MINI Cooper SD 5 door: The MINI Cooper SD 5-door is the bigger of the two diesel variants with a 2-liter, 4-cylinder diesel engine that punches 170 bhp (125 kW) with 360 Nm of torque. This adds up to 0 to 62 mph in 7.4 seconds and a top speed of 140 mph (225 km/h).
- MINI Cooper D 5 door: The MINI Cooper D 5-door is a 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder diesel that rounds out the variants with 116 bhp (85 kW) and 270 Nm of torque. Acceleration is 0 to 62 mph in 9.4 seconds and a top speed of 126 mph (203 km/h).
Each of these engine variants feeds into a standard 6-speed manual gearbox, though a 6-speed Steptronic or Steptronic sports gearbox is available as an optional extra. These include the “MINIMALISM” technology with a Green mode and an auto start/stop function to conserve fuel while idling at traffic lights.
2015 Mini Cooper Interior
Aside from a bit of stretching and enlarging, the styling of the 5-door Mini remains largely the same except for a few tweaks of the lines and around the hexagonal radiator grille and headlamps. The latter sees an overwhelming use of LEDS, including not just LED headlamps, but LED driving lights, LED rear lights, LED turn lights, LED fog lamps, and LED interior lighting
Another feature of the 5-door Minis is a new instrument cluster on the steering column that displays driving and system information, such as road and engine speed. It has a 4-line TFT display as standard, or an optional color display up to 8.8 in, which controls the navigation system, mobile phone, and general infotainment. It also includes a new visual feedback system that allows the driver to assimilate information at a glance, such as the LED ring around the display indicating the remaining distance to a street turn.
In addition, the 5-Door Mini has a suite of driver-assist systems, including camera-based cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning with automatic braking, and the ability to detect and interpret road signs for the driver. The system can also accept a permanent SIM card that allows the car to integrate with smartphones as well as providing information to emergency services in the event of an accident, real-time traffic information and connecting to social media.
Mini Cooper Inside And Seat
The new 5-door has two proper rear doors, thanks to extending the wheelbase by 72 mm (2.8 in) to 2,567 mm (101 in). This allows for three rear seats, and in order to maintain the Mini Cooper’s familiar proportions, the glasshouse needed to be raised and the rest of car needed to be enlarged as well. This provides room for three rear seats, more foot space and legroom, and 67 more liters (2.3 cubic ft) of boot space than the 3-door Mini. About half—1.5 inches—of the five-door’s additional wheelbase has been translated into rear-seat legroom, and if they’re stubby, at least the rear doors will make it simpler to access the back seat. The new Mini’s cargo hold will swallow 9.2 cubic feet of stuff behind the back seats, 0.5 more than before. To fit the second pair of doors along the sides, MINI stretched the standard Cooper hatchback’s wheelbase by 72 mm, as well as creating 15 mm more headroom and another 61 mm of cross-wise interior width at elbow height. The rear seat can accommodate three passengers, and offers a 60/40 split fold-down.
Aside from rear passengers having door pulls to play with and C-pillars in their peripheral vision, folks in a five-door will occupy an almost identical interior. The five-door hatch can carry five people, though, whereas the Hardtop accommodates only four
2015 Mini Cooper MPG
Also unknown is the added weight, so it’s not clear how this will affect the Cooper’s nimble handling or its impressive fuel economy. The three-door Cooper is rated at 30 mpg city and 42 mpg highway, while the Cooper S has EPA estimates of 27 mpg city and 38 mpg city.
2015 Mini Ccooper Price
The Mini 5-door will be available in Europe this (Northern Hemisphere) Autumn ranging in price from £15,900 to £20,050 (US$26,600 to $33,570). It will be available in January 2015 in the US, where it will be known as the Mini Hardtop 4 door and priced $1,000 more than the Mini Hardtop 2 door.
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