2013 Mini Cooper Paceman – Budget Family Car

Design

The 2013 Cooper Paceman is an ideal family vehicle if you are looking for something that is functional, but you are not looking for a great deal of storage space. There are many similarities between the Paceman and the Countryman when it comes to design, with the Paceman practically being a two door version of the Countryman.

The Paceman has the Countryman’s pert nose; however, it also has an all in a single metal sheet from the windshield back, giving the Paceman a rather rakish and sporty look.

Regardless of how you view the Paceman it is a sporty looking, coupe-like hatchback that attracts attention everywhere you drive it. At the back, a distinctive pair of flared fenders gives it a powerful stance combined with the downward decline of the roof to enhance the hatchback’s driving style.

Exterior of the 2013 Mini Paceman

When we visited Mini Cooper of Baltimore an inside, unmistakeably with its Frisbee like speedometer and the entire organization of the instrument panel leaves you in doubt that your sitting in a vehicle that is very much a Mini. The buttons -and- round design of the typical Mini interior was once fresh and innovative, but in the 21st Century it seems a bit heavy-handed.

Technical specs of the 2013 Mini Paceman

The Paceman is available in the Cooper S, Cooper and, soon, John Cooper Works variations, and there is a Mini power level for most budgets and tastes. Similar to the rest of the line up the Mini Cooper Paceman gives up to a 122bhp 1.6-litre four-cylinder; the Cooper S Paceman offers a 181bhp turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine and the John Cooper Works Paceman has a 211bhp turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine.

All models come standard with a six-speed manual output but Cooper and Cooper S models are optional with a six-speed automatic.

Front-wheel drive is normal on the Paceman, whilst an ALL4 all-wheel drive is also available, just like with the Countryman. Also like the Countryman, ALL4 is only available on the Cooper S model, and is fitted as normal on the John Cooper Works model.

Interior of the 2013 Mini Paceman

Passenger seating and luggage space is not abundant in the Paceman, but it is not as tight as you might think compared to other Mini packages. In fact, the front seats are roomy and there is even room for people well over six feet. The back seat will fit six-footers just about, with knee and head-room being the limiting factors. The Paceman’s slightly inclining roofline makes it about one-half inch lower than the Countryman model.

Behind the back seats, there’s just a slight sliver of space for thin bags or some slim line gear, but lay the back seats flat and you will get up to 38.1 cubic feet of space.

The Paceman comes at a price of $23,900 for the base Paceman up to $36,200 for the John Cooper Works model. Although the Paceman does not give the power or the refinement of a modern luxury sedan, even at the entry-level end of the spectrum, the Paceman’s mixture of design, fun and function is still an attractive buy.