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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.

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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