There’s nothing “miniature” about the 2015 Mini Cooper 5-door.
In fact, it goes toe-to-toe with its competitors in the compact car segment.
Gas consumption and a fun, European flare created a niche for the initial micro cars and their subsequent success has seen them mature, evolve and grow, literally.
The five doors is a first for the Mini Cooper, and its wheelbase has expanded by 72 millimetres (to 2,567 millimetres).
You can pack a lot into this space, with three seats in the rear with 72 millimetres more foot space and legroom, 15 millimetres more headroom and 61 millimetres more interior width at elbow height. Luggage compartment space has been boosted to 278 litres, 67 litres more than in the 3 door model.
Even the fun has been expanded and the new Mini 5 door definitely has boasts fun, comfort and efficiency, with some added safety features.
Gas and diesel engines (3 and 4 cylinder) are available, as well as turbo technology. You have your choice of transmission, including a 6-speed Steptronic transmission or Steptronic sports transmission.
Standard safety fittings include front and side airbags, side curtain airbags, 3-point automatic belts on all seats and child seat attachments at the rear.
The new Cooper has a nifty display and operating concept with its instrument cluster on the steering column showing road speed and engine speed, colour display for vehicle status details and fuel level; central instrument with new display elements and coloured lighting configuration including LED ring for visual feedback in response to numerous functions.
Despite its size, it offers a wide range of innovative driver assistance systems, including the MINI Head-Up-Display, Parking Assistant, rear view camera and Driving Assistant including camera-based active cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning with initial brake function, high beam assistant and road sign detection.
As with many new vehicles and consumer demand to stay “connected,” the Mini has an in-car infotainment program.
It also comes with an wide range of standard features and options to enhance comfort, safety and style, giving it a high-end appeal.
The car also received top honours in Germany, being named “Value Master” for 2015.
The “Value Master” ranking is an important decision-making aid to potential new car buyers. It indicates which models exhibit less difference between their original price and resale value and can therefore be regarded as a sound investment. The stability forecasts for MINI models are always especially favourable, showing that the original in the premium small car segment is highly popular in the used car market, too.
All and all, the 2015 Mini Cooper 5 door combines comfort, appeal and fuel efficiency in a larger package. It’s definitely worth checking out.
Written by Mark Pavilons