Much as we love the Mini Clubman and its rear-hinged, passenger-side door, this would be an incredibly stupid idea. Functionality is one thing, but ruining the design of the fetching Mini Cooper hardtop would be a downright shame.

Nevertheless, Autocar reports that a rear-hinged door could be in store for the next Mini. A recent set of spy shots showed a Cooper hardtop prototype with an unusually short driver door with what appears to be a small suicide door behind it. Our best guess? This could just be Mini playing with door configurations, since the automaker received quite a bit of criticism for the placement of the Clubman's rear door in right-hand-drive markets.

Mini is keen on the rear-hinged door idea, though. Autocar states that the next-generation Clubman is expected to get a door on either side instead of just one, and that rear-hinged doors will be found on the Countryman-based Paceman coupe, as well. Fine by us, but please, leave them off the original hardtop.


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      scott
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love my Clubman, a second door on the driver-side would be fine by me.... but I agree, keep them off the hatchback!
      chadnola
      • 2 Years Ago
      NO!!!! Say it isn't so!! The clubman is fine, and maybe even a bigger car at some point. But please, oh please, keep the Cooper Hardtop just the way it is.
      digitalwatch
      • 2 Years Ago
      If this happened I would never buy another one.
      Bret Frohwein
      • 2 Years Ago
      please no... it does look unique, however, those double-doors remind me of a Hearse.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Ian
      • 2 Years Ago
      I own a Right Hand Drive Mini Clubman and the suicide door on the drivers side works for me. I can put larger items on the back seat without having to go to the other side of the car. Honestly its a non issue.
      dal
      • 2 Years Ago
      Even though the new Minis look good I still prefer the older 70's Minis for their size and looks, I would sell me mum to have Mr Beans mini. But there is one over looked American made vehicle that to me just is plain fun to drive and good on the gas and cash, the Jeep Patriot. Mine has a 2.0 with front wheel drive and a manual 5 speed transmission which I highly recommend in the options. I would never stradle a 2.0 with a automatic transmission. PS I bought my Patriot new 2011 for a mere $14000. PSS I'm 6' 2" and when I have my buddies in the back seat they all are amazed at the leg room it has, and how well it does off road as well as smooth on road.
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        Ian
        • 2 Years Ago
        Its strange in Australia they are considered to be good reliable cars. They have high retained value as a used car and they are well accepted as a premium light car. I have 2 2009 Mini's a Cooper S Clubman and Mini Cooper Diesel both are trouble free and well built.
        Dayv
        • 2 Years Ago
        Segments refer to size, not features or pricing.
      Jameskey
      • 2 Years Ago
      The title doesn't specify which Mini you are talking about. Mini is the company, the car you are referring to is the Cooper. Not trying to be annoying, just thought it should have been specified.
        jeff
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jameskey
        actually the car they're referring to is the hardtop. cooper is one of the trim levels. and if you read the second sentence of the article they make that distinction. if you're gonna nitpick, make sure you are correct.
      Chris Young
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its funny how Kia has a better sense of whats cool in the sub compact market. If they build that Trackster it will or should destroy the Mini sales. I know most people think Hyundai and Kia are piss poor manufacturers but its a lot more difficult to deny how cool the Korean cars are getting. The Trackster will be a 250hp all wheel drive beast. If they build that car you can kiss the Mini goodbye.
      xessexcva9
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ruining the design???? It's as ugly as a mud fence
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