Mini Paceman

3/5
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Verdict

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.

Performance

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.

Ride & Handling

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.

Refinement

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.

Quality & Reliability

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.

Safety & Security

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.

Space & Practicality

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.

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Key Facts

Make

Mini

Model
Mini Paceman
Variant
MINI Cooper Paceman
Car Category
Coupe
First year of model production
2013
Engine (L)
1.6
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Hatchback
Price New
€27,030
CBG Expert Rating
3.0

Running Costs

Tax
€170
Tax Band
A1
Average L/100 km
4.9
Average km/L
20.4
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
47
Fuel Tank Range
957 km
Cost of filling a tank
€61.76
Average Cost Per 200 km
€12.9
CO2 emmissions
159 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6 g/km

Performance

Brake Horsepower
122 bhp
Max Power kW
91
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1598
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of valves
4
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
192 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
10.4 s
Town KPG
7.30 L
EC Extra Urban (KPG)
5.10 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Hatchback
Doors
3
Seats
4
Boot capacity
330 L

Warranty

All Components
3 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year warranty
Paintwork
3 Year warranty
Mileage
No distance limit
Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

What Experts Say

Auto Express
The MINI Paceman mixes MINI Countryman practicality with a bit of MINI Coupe style to good effect
Top Gear
At a stretch, we can see a point to the 4WD versions, but really though, this is an unnecessary diversion. And not a very pretty one, either.
What Car
The Mini Paceman gives you some of the practicality of the Countryman while retaining some of the style of the hatch, but the Audi A3 and VW Scirocco cost similar money and are much better cars.

Dimensions

Boot capacity
330 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
205/60 R16 mm
Tyre size back
205/60 R16 mm
Rim size
6.5J × 16 mm
Length
4109 mm
Width
1786 mm
Height
1518 mm
Wheel Base
2595 mm
Front Track (mm)
1518
Rear Track (mm)
1566
Kerb weight
1255 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
1725
Turning circle (m)
11.6

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Direct injection
Front Suspension
Independent, Spring McPherson, with stabilizer
Rear Suspension
Multi-link independent
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
122 bhp