Mini has begun production of its five-door hatch at its Oxford plant, less than a year after the all-new (and three-door) Mini was launched in November 2013.
According to Mini, the five-door model, which goes on sale later this year, "is an exciting addition to the family of Minis and opens up a whole new market segment."
The five-door Mini is the second member of the Mini family to be built on a new platform, which has been designed to increase the flexibility of the body manufacturing process. This inevitably results in more models of greater variation "to be produced more efficiently, an essential element of the Mini's build-to-order appeal."
So, is a five-door Mini more appealing than a three-door Mini?