MINI has confirmed that its first-ever take on the traditional five-door hatch look, the 2015 Cooper 5-Door, will hit Australia from $27,750 on November 1.
Three models in the Cooper 5-Door range will be offered from launch: the entry Cooper, the $32,900 Cooper D diesel, and the top-shelf $38,050 Cooper S.
There’s a longer wheelbase with the new 5-Door, growing 72mm beyond the 3-Door’s 2495mm, while overall length is 161mm longer at 3982mm (4005mm for the S model).
With space a greater priority in this model, the 5-Door also gets an extra 15mm of headroom, along with a 61mm increase in elbow height and 72mm more legroom in the rear.
Storage space has likewise increased, growing by 67 litres to 278 litres with the 60:40 rear seats upright and 941 litres when laid flat.
Engine options in the new Cooper 5-Door mirror the range offered with 3-Door, including a turbo 100kW/220Nm 1.5 litre three-cylinder in the Cooper and a turbo 141kW/280Nm 2.0 litre four in the S.
Fuel consumption is listed at 4.9 l/100km for the entry Cooper, and 6.0 for the Cooper S.
As the range’s hero model, the Cooper S promises a 0-100km/h time of 6.9 seconds in manual form - just 0.1 seconds short of the 3-Door’s time.
Driving the Cooper D is an 85kW/270Nm 1.5 three-cylinder diesel. The diesel lists fuel use at just 3.8 l/100km.
A six-speed manual shifter is standard with all three models, while a $2350 six-speed auto can also be optioned.
Buyers can also go instead for $2650 version of the auto shifter, which adds gearshift paddles, launch control and a JCW leather sports steering wheel.
A 125kW/360Nm 2.0 litre turbo diesel is offered overseas, but this model has yet to be confirmed for Australia.
Likewise, there is no word yet on a 5-Door version of the 75kW/180Nm 1.2 litre three-cylinder petrol Cooper One.
Standard kit with the entry Cooper 5-Door includes 15-inch alloy wheels, cloth seats, dynamic cruise control, electric windows and mirrors, automatic wipers and lights, air conditioning, USB/aux/Bluetooth connectivity, rear fog lights and LED interior lights.
Moving up to the Cooper D diesel adds 16-inch alloys, dual-zone climate control, a 6.5 inch display, ‘Extended’ Bluetooth with music streaming, a centre armrest and front fog lights.
The top-spec Cooper S performer adds 17-inch alloys, a combination leather/cloth interior trim, sports seats up front, MINI Navigation satnav.
The Cooper S and D models also both feature the MINI Controller system in the cabin, based on BMW’s iDrive. This system controls infotainment, vehicle, communication and navigation functions.
Also featured in the Cooper S is the MINI Driving Modes system, offering Mid, Sport or Green settings. This can be optioned with the Cooper and Cooper D.
Standard safety tech across the range includes six airbags, Dynamic Stability Control, Dynamic Traction Control with Electronic Differential Lock Control, ABS with Brake Assist, Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Cornering Brake Control, and rear Park Distance Control.
Among the 5-Door’s optional extras are $2500 18-inch alloys in silver or white (along with a wider range of 16- and 17-inch options), a number of interior and exterior styling extras, cloth/leather and full-leather trim options, DAB digital radio ($300), and more.
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PRICING (includes GST, excludes LCT and on-road costs)
MINI One - $24,500
MINI Cooper - $26,650
MINI Cooper D - $31,800
MINI Cooper S - $36,950
MINI Cooper - $27,750
MINI Cooper D - $32,900
MINI Cooper S - $38,050