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Yesterday, 13 September 2014

Mini five-door first drive review
New five-door Mini widens the car's appeal, but this particular variant is thwarted by the presence of more practical, cheaper rivals It is, Mini says, the first Mini hatchback with five doors. That might come as some surprise to those of you who’ve seen a Countryman, but Mini says: “Ah, we think you’ll find that’s a crossover or SUV, not a hatchback.”Hmm. Let’s suspend reality for a moment and pretend that’s true and this also becomes the first Mini hatch – the world’s most famous small car – to measure more than four metres in length. It’s also quite an expensive Mini hatch. The addition of two doors brings with it a £600 increase over the three-door Mini.The range’s starting price is therefore £14,350. In the Cooper SD form you see here – which we’re trying because it’s a variant we haven’t tried before, and because it was what was made available to us – the asking price is £20,050; or £21,675 with the auto gearbox that was also fitted. That’s demanding territory for a Mini. It’s pushing into Volkswagen Golf territory.Of the five-door’s additional 16cm length over a three-door Mini, 7cm has gone into the wheelbase and is channelled straight to rear legroom. The front cabin remains the same.The rest of the length goes behind the rear wheels, making luggage volume 278 litres – up by 67 litres. For the record, a Volkswagen Polo has a 280-litre boot within its 3972mm length. A Golf 380 litres within 4255mm.

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First drive: Mini five-door hatch
The ever-expanding Mini range gains a conventional five-door model. Still fun? Paul Horrell checks it out

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Goodwood Revival 2014: day two in pictures
Catch up with the action on and off the track from the second day of the 2014 Goodwood Revival

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Rowan Atkinson suffers head-on crash at Goodwood Revival
Comedian suffers race-ending shunt in chaotic classic car race

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Goodwood Revival 2014: Fashion and style
The Revival's period atmosphere stretches to more than just classic cars, with thousands of enthusiasts sporting vintage clothing and accessories

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Goodwood Revival 2014: celebrating Italy
This year's Goodwood Revival recreates the look and feel of the pit lane at Monza in the 1950s, as well as Maserati's most famous race car, the 250F

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Goodwood Revival 2014: race guide
The racing proper is underway at the 2014 Goodwood Revival. Our guide tells you what to expect

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The 2014 Goodwood Revival in 90 seconds
The Telegraph's Chris Knapman takes a whistlestop tour of the Revival, where crowds are treated to a vast array of spectacular racing machinery, thunderous air displays and a seductively retro atmosphere

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Goodwood Revival 2014: Ferrari 250 GTO track test
On track at Goodwood with an example of the most expensive car ever sold at auction - and a perennial Revival favourite - the Ferrari 250 GTO

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Evanta Motors reveals racing car plans
New British car company to collaborate with another vehicle manufacturer on motorsport project Evanta Motors boss Ant Anstead has announced plans to build a new racing car, which is scheduled to be unveiled at the Geneva motor show next year.Speaking to Autocar at the Goodwood Revival, where the company took the wraps off its new Barchetta road car, Anstead said he wanted his firm to “provide a service for the gentleman racer”.The new competition car will be produced in collaboration with another vehicle manufacturer, and has already been accepted to compete in an existing race series. Anstead says a one-make racing series exclusively featuring the car is also under consideration.While Anstead wouldn’t be drawn on any technical details, it’s possible the new car will use the same 450bhp 6.2-litre V8 engine as the Barchetta.Work on the project is currently in the design stages, but the model is scheduled to be revealed alongside a new GT concept road car at the Geneva show next March. Get the latest car news, reviews and galleries from Autocar direct to your inbox every week. Enter your email address below: