The New Mini Paceman
The new MINI Paceman was launched in January 2013, bringing some new year joy to the brand. This is the car that aims to bridge the gap between a family focused crossover and a hatchback, whilst going for a sporty feel. So, how has it done?
Well, this 3 door MINI has had a design revamp. The new design gives off a certain confidence and alludes to a more powerful MINI than we are used to. The ‘design with bite’ campaign from BMW highlights these features. MINI have decided to add individual rear seats, previously an option exclusive to the 5 door MINI, which gives the back passengers a more exclusive drive.
Behind the wheel
The MINI Paceman is like a go-kart; fast, agile and really really fun to drive. The John Cooper Works edition can go 0-62mph in just 6.9 seconds, yet the brakes make you feel like you are in control. There are 4 different engine variants with the MINI Paceman, two petrol engine options and two diesel options. The ALL4 four wheel drive diesel reaches 62mph in 12.3 seconds.
With boot space of 1080 litres there should be more than enough room for any driver. This much space is mustered when the rear seats are slotted beneath the front sports seats, which are mounted higher for this purpose. The number of cubby holes also increase vehicle practicality, with cup holders and useful compartments everywhere.
This varies between the four available models. The Cooper D model looks after the environment with emissions reaching as low as 115g/km and 64.2mpg fuel consumption, making it the most efficient model to run. Naturally the ALL4 models have the worst consumption due to their increased weight. The six-speed automatic diesel fuel consumptions sits at 39.2mpg with 158g/km emissions.
Test drive the new MINI Paceman yourself to see what you make of their latest creation.