Paceman: Sporty Handling, Potent Turbocharged Engines

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Mini Paceman

With attributes such as potent turbocharged engines and sporty handling, the Mini Paceman is a car that offers fairly engaging performance. Keep reading to learn about it in more detail.

The Mini Paceman was produced between 2013 and 2016 and exists today in the form of a practical and quirky used car. Like most other Minis, it has a ton of avant garde styling which proves to be polarizing; some absolutely love the look of the Minis and others state they could do without. Nonetheless, it provides everything that’s characteristic of the brand: agile handling and potent engines, both of which combine into a very good driving experience. Here is everything you need to know about this cool four-wheeler.

More Oomph Than You’d Expect

A four-cylinder engine hides beneath the Paceman’s hood in the base trim level; one that generates 121 horsepower, which is plenty for the typical daily requirements. It is paired with a six-speed manual transmission, though you’re also able to opt for a six-speed automatic. Other powertrains are also available, both of which are present in higher trim levels. The Cooper S trim offers a turbocharged four-cylinder that generates 181 horsepower, while the John Cooper Works trim comes with the same turbocharged four-cylinder with a higher output. In the case of the JCW trim, the engine generates a very respectable 208 horsepower. The base engine is sufficient for most situations, though more energetic acceleration is available from the turbo fours.

Pleasantly Plush on the Inside

Four adults can sit comfortably inside the Paceman. The front seats are high and the driver is provided with a great driving position as a result. Even in the rear seats, adults won’t struggle to find enough room to sit comfortably. You’ll also find two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the second-row outboard seats. Among the standard features you can expect in the Paceman’s cabin are push-button start, an auxiliary audio input, HD radio, Bluetooth and a USB port. Upgrading your Paceman is possible thanks to an array of optional upgrades as well, such as the Mini Connected voice-controlled infotainment system with smartphone app integration and a 6.5-inch display, navigation, rear parking sensors, a Harman Kardon sound system, a panoramic sunroof and satellite radio.

Road Manners Galore

The Paceman is a genuine joy to drive with its exceptional handling and potent engine. It does feel a bit heavier than the Cooper S, but at the same time, all of the playfulness that defines the Minis are still visible. Mini’s gearboxes are arguably one of their greatest engineering features, with each one fitting satisfyingly into place through every gear. Similarly, the footwork of shifting is smooth and easy thanks to the clutch take-up, with both features playing into the abundant torque of the Paceman. Available at a low 2100 rpm, the car seems much quicker than it actually is and isn’t shy at all to launch off the line with authority when commanded. Mini’s ALL4 all-wheel-drive system is optional while front-wheel drive is standard.

Likable and Charismatic

Even though the Mini Paceman was discontinued in 2016, it is still a thoroughbred Mini at its heart and soul. That means that it is a very likeable car that provides a charismatic presence and a very enjoyable driving experience irrespective of the fact that it can only be bought as a used car. No Mini has ever been shy when it came to standing neck-and-neck with pricier and more refined cars, this is particularly true in the case of the Paceman. Consider investing in this quirky car if you’d like to own an SUV that manages to combine miniature origins with modern-day full-sized styling.