This car was first shown as a concept car at the 2011 NAIAS car show in America. The following year, the manufacturer ramped up production and it was unveiled towards the end of 2012. This is available to the Irish market in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive. During 2015 BMW announced that they would cease production of this vehicle after 2016. We assume it is because of lack of sales.
This little coupé is available to the Irish market in both two-wheel and all-wheel drive. It comes with a choice of diesel and petrol engines and is also available in John Cooper Works form. The entry level Paceman is a 1.6 litre petrol which offers 122 bhp and 0-100km/h in 10.4 seconds. Move up to the 1.6 litre diesel version and 0-100km/h can be achieved in 10.8 seconds. The 2.0 litre diesel gives 143 bhp and goes from 0-100km/h in 9.2 seconds. All of these models can be mated to either manual or automatic transmissions. The John Cooper Works version is powered by a 1.6 litre petrol engine. It goes from 0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds and offers 218 bhp.
This enters into corners quite well at speeds, but it can be a little shaky coming out of them. It is fun to drive, but it does not like uneven surfaces. The body controls itself well, but unfortunately the steering feels a little too light.
This car does suffer from engine, wind and road noise. If it does happen to go back into production, it would be best to add some more insulation to the interior. We were a little surprised by the wind noise of the vehicle, as this appears to be an aerodynamic looking vehicle.
We really like the build quality in all new MINIs. You can certainly see where being owned by BMW is advantageous. The seats are very comfortable and it’s hard to find a more interesting (if not entertaining) dash.
We were unable to find a Euro NCAP score for the Paceman. Perhaps it didn't warrant one due to the lack of demand. It does come with sufficient airbags and technologies to ensure peace of mind while driving.
Tall people will not be too happy if they have to sit in the back of this for a prolonged period - this is because of lack of head and leg room. This only has two seats to the rear too. In fairness though, if you're looking for a family MINI, then look at the Countryman or the Clubman. The boot offers a surprisingly good 330 litres of space.