The new four-seat Mini Paceman represents the seventh body style in the Mini's fast-multiplying lineup. It shares its underpinnings and wheelbase with the four-door Countryman like the Countryman it also has available all-wheel drive.
The Paceman comes in Cooper Paceman or Cooper S Paceman variants, signaling a normally aspirated or turbocharged four-cylinder. Manual or automatic transmissions come with either car, but the Cooper S Paceman is the only one with optional all-wheel drive.Exterior
The Paceman measures about an inch longer than the Countryman, but it looks more squat, with a sloping roofline and integrated rear spoiler. Although it has the same two-door shape as the Cooper, the Paceman's rising beltline and descending roofline create a sportier profile. Though the Paceman wears plenty of Mini cues — dark pillars, an available white roof — one thing does differentiate it: horizontal taillights, versus the vertical ones on other Minis.
A standard lowered sport suspension renders lower ride height, but Mini says customers can also order standard suspension tuning with higher ride height as a no-cost option. Sixteen-inch alloy wheels are standard, with 17s, 18s or 19s optional.Interior
Inside, the two rear seats are arranged in what Mini calls the "lounge concept." There are two separate chairs with built-in armrests; standard sport seats are in the front. The instrument panel is classic Mini, with a large, round central speedometer. Glossy black and chrome inner rings make it stand out from the rest of the brand's vehicles, as do the Paceman's redesigned air vents. The window switches also have a new home, moved to the door instead of the instrument panel — a response to complaints from new customers who couldn't find the switches, and a move Mini also makes with the 2013 Countryman.
Modular accessories like cupholders and sunglass cases can attach to the Paceman's Center Rail system, which runs down the center of the interior between the front and rear seats.
Cloth upholstery is standard, with leather optional. Among the other options are heated seats, a glass roof, automatic climate control, a Harman Kardon stereo and a 6.5-inch navigation system.
The Paceman has 11.6 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats or 38.1 cubic feet of maximum volume with the seats down. That's down from the Countryman's 12.2 to 16.5 cubic feet, depending where you slide the latter car's adjustable rear seats, but it nearly matches the Countryman's 41 cubic feet of maximum cargo room.
Under the Hood
The Cooper Paceman's 1.6-liter four-cylinder makes 121 horsepower, while the Cooper S Paceman gets a turbocharged 1.6-liter that's good for 181 hp. A six-speed manual is standard with both, while a six-speed automatic is optional. Mini says the automatic Cooper Paceman takes 10.8 seconds to hit 60 mph; at the other end, a manual Cooper S Paceman scoots there in 6.9 seconds.
Six airbags and all-disc antilock brakes are standard, as is an electronic stability system.