Only half a year after it was first revealed to the world, the more-doored MINI has taken the Malaysian stage. A more practical cousin of the F56 MINI Hatch, the prosaically-named MINI 5 Door launches here in a sole Cooper S variant.
By way of a teaser, the car was recently treated to a tour of KL on the back of a mobile display unit, and is set to hit showrooms nationwide this weekend. Parallels may now be drawn between 5 Door/Hatch and Countryman/Paceman – although of course, the latter pair are spin-offs of the preceding R56 generation.
Measuring 4,005 mm long, 1,727 mm wide and 1,425 mm tall, with a 2,567 mm wheelbase, the MINI Cooper S 5 Door is 161 mm longer and 11 mm taller overall than its three-doored sister, while sitting on a 72 mm longer wheelbase.
Above: F56 MINI Cooper hatch, below: F55 MINI Cooper S 5 Door
Two rear entrances are not the only extras you get – compared to the three-door, there’s 72 mm more room inside for your legs, 61 mm more for your elbows and 15 mm more for your head. No more frameless windows, too.
Standard equipment includes full-LED head, fog and tail lamps, LED DRLs, rear Park Distance Control, 205/45 run-flat tyres with 17-inch two-tone Roulette Spoke rims, plus auto lights and wipers.
The boot holds 278 litres – that’s 67 litres more than the three-door can manage. Fold the 60:40-split back seats down for 941 litres of cargo space. A variable boot floor allows you to configure the load space to fit more luggage, or to make it flush with the folded seats.
Inside, you’ll find Leather Cross Punch Carbon Black-upholstered front sports seats amidst a Black Checkered- and Chrome Line-trimmed interior. Look above and you’ll see Anthracite headlining; look ahead and a JCW leather steering wheel with shift paddles and Chilli Red stitching greets you.
This Cooper S variant comes with a B48 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo engine that produces 192 hp and 280 Nm. Given a six-speed Sports auto, the vehicle sprints to 100 km/h from rest in 6.8 seconds before hitting a 230 km/h top speed. Thanks in part to an auto start-stop system, fuel consumption is a quoted 5.5 litres per 100 km, and CO2 emissions 129 grammes per km.
Gadgetry comprises MINI Connected for smartphone integration, a 6.5-inch MINI Visual Boost display with a five-key iDrive-style controller (not touch-sensitive), plus MINI Excitement as standard – this allows the instruments, door trim and centre console areas to illuminate. No GPS, so no Predictive Drivetrain. Suspension is a passive sports setup – no Electronic Damper Control.
A total of 11 body colours are available, including a MINI 5 Door-exclusive Electric Blue. Also, you can have your roof, mirror caps and bonnet stripes in white or black. Front, side and curtain airbags are standard, making six in total.
Fully-imported (CBU) from the UK, the MINI 5 Door is priced at RM238,888, OTR without insurance, placing it smack dab in the middle between the RM229k three-door Cooper S Hatch and RM249k three-door Cooper S Hatch with Wired option.
Included is a three-year/50,000 km MINI Service Inclusive programme. Read our review of the MINI 5 Door from Oxfordshire, England, or pore over all details and specifications on CarBase.my.