F55 Five Door Cooper D

The floodgate of F55 Five Door reviews are pouring in and Autocar has reviewed something of forbidden fruit for those of us on the other side of the pond, the diesel five-door MINI Cooper D. Autocar not only appreciates the practicality of the five-door for families and those who need more space, but dynamically believes the ride improves on the three-door F56 (similar to the ride transition from R56 hatch to R55 Clubman).

The car handles in an engaging fashion, but it has the same firm ride that’s prevalent in this latest generation of Mini. Happily, though, one of the few criticisms we had of the three-door Cooper D – that the car could become unsettled on undulating surfaces – seems to have been cured by lengthening the wheelbase.

There’s still the same sense of urgency when driving the Mini at speed, helped by the addition of selectable driving modes in our test car.

The five-door MINI Cooper D has a 1.5-liter 114hp 199 lb ft three-cylinder diesel which takes it from 0-100kmph (0-62mph) in 9.4 seconds. If and/or when a Diesel ever makes it to the United States, know that of the trio of One D, Cooper D and Cooper SD, we would likely be receiving the most powerful Cooper SD. The One D has the same three-clyinder engine mechanicals of the Cooper D but is electronically programmed to 94hp and 162lb ft. Both the One D and Cooper D emit less than 100g/km of CO2 which is also less than some Toyota Prius models. The Cooper SD will have a 2.0 liter four-cylinder diesel with 170hp which will get it from 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds (very close to that of a 2002 Cooper S) while only producing 109g/km of CO2.

The only criticisms are the small size of the rear doors potentially making entrance/egress challenging and rear legroom, although keep in mind the five-door is in the same class as Audi A1 Sportback, Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta, but is still smaller than the Volkswagen Golf. As compared to the three-door, the rear seat in the UK five-door seats three across. We will have to see if three across seating meets American regulations or if we are saddled with the two abreast configuration similar to the initial United States Countryman launch. But should one buy one?

The Mini might not have previously been a natural family hatchback choice but this version, thanks to its improved practicality, is now certainly a strong contender in that marketplace.

Check out the full article at Autocar.