But when the owners needed those two seats in the back, it wasn't so nice anymore. That's why MINI came up with the solution of the 5-doors hatchback. Maybe it is not that appealing anymore, but for sure it is far more practical. The kids won't have to squeeze between the front seat and the B-pillar to take their seats in the back. Also, there is no problem to lift your friends when going out. But the rear seats legroom is not so generous due to the 2567 mm (101.1 in) wheelbase.
The trunk is not big. It is smaller than the competition, but nobody should choose its city hatchback for a big trunk. It is enough to accommodate the weekly shops. In case of emergency, the seatbacks of the rear seats can be folded down in a split 1/3-2/3 system.
The interior features are up to a premium car. Navigation, different driving settings, great sound system and finishes over the other vehicles from its segment.
Under the hood, MINI installed 5 internal combustion engines and one electric version. There are three gasoline units and two turbodiesels. The top of the range is the Cooper JCW (John Cooper Works) with 306 hp. The base is still a small, 1.2-liter unit offering just 75 hp. The available transmissions are with a 6-speed manual, 6 or 8 speed automatic or a 7-speed dual-clutch, depending on the engine.