The new more grown up MINI has not only increased in size over its predecessor, but it’s also gained two extra doors, should you want them. You’re no longer forced to opt for the tall Countryman if you want five doors, but it’s really nothing special.
According to CarBuyer, the car feels pretty much the same as the three-door. The extra wheelbase and weight don’t affect the handling in any kind of negative way (apparently), and it’s only a matter of needing the extra practicality (or not).
A valid point made is that of looks – if you’re a fan of the usual MINI three-door hatch shape, then you may be put off by the five-door’s dimensions.
It’s visibly longer, but has strangely small and a tad disproportionate rear doors. They provide good access, though, and it’s just the way they make the car look that is not what you’d call harmonious…