Excellent turbocharged engine; fun to drive; good fuel economy; available all-wheel drive; funky styling
Weak base engine; firm ride; limited cargo space relative to other hatchbacks and crossovers
After going on sale for 2013, the Paceman receives only minor updates for the new model year. These include standard heated mirrors and washer jets, as well as John Cooper Works interior and exterior trim packages.
The front-wheel-drive turbocharged Cooper S Paceman hits the sweet spot for value, performance and fuel economy. Make ours a manual with the panoramic sunroof -- that's a pretty sweet ride at a pretty reasonable price.
The Paceman comes in three trim levels: the base-level Paceman, the mid-level Cooper S Paceman and the sporty John Cooper Works Paceman.
The base-level Paceman ($24,300) includes a lot of standard equipment, such as 17-inch alloy wheels, power accessories, air conditioning, "premium" vinyl upholstery (dubbed leatherette), cruise control, a CD player, an auxiliary jack, Bluetooth and a USB port for music. Base-level Paceman models are offered only with front-wheel drive.
Step up to the Cooper S Paceman ($27,900) and you get a turbocharged version of the base model's engine. The result is 181 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 60 hp and 61 lb-ft. Fog lights and sport seats are also standard.
Topping the range is the high-performance John Cooper Works Paceman ($36,600), which is offered only with all-wheel drive. The JCW model boosts power by another 27 hp and also adds a sport-tuned suspension and a performance exhaust.
But standard features tell only some of the story. Mini also offers plenty of options, from wheel choices, paint colors and interior schemes to a panoramic sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, leather upholstery, heated front seats, satellite radio, a navigation system and the Mini Connected infotainment system. All-wheel drive is also optional on the Cooper S Paceman.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
Kia Sportage -- The stylish Sportage lacks the Paceman's 2-door design and cool interior vibe, but it compensates with an excellent available 260-hp turbocharged engine.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque -- If you don't mind spending the extra coin, the baby Range Rover delivers a more upscale driving experience, though it's less fun.
Volkswagen GTI -- The GTI arguably has a higher-quality cabin, and it's not as quirky, in case you find the Paceman a little over the top.