Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
As with the Mini 3dr, there's plenty of front space – but other than a couple more doors, what do you get with the five-door version for your extra outlay? Well, you also get a bit more rear space. The 5dr is a bit longer than the three-door Mini, so there's an extra 3cm of leg room and 1cm of head room. That might not sound like much, but it’s enough to make a pair of six-foot rear passengers feel far less hemmed in. Even so, you’ll find more rear space in the VW Polo, while the Honda Jazz tops the class for rear space.
Getting into the back isn’t as easy as it is in most small five-door cars, either, because the door openings are small and you have to step over a hefty sill. It can feasibly carry three at the back, but the Mini isn't particularly broad inside and the central passenger will have to straddle a chunky raised hump that runs down the spine of the car.