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New Mini Paceman Has It All

New Mini Paceman Has It All

We should all be used to Mini variants by now. The original Mini was customised by enthusiasts but with the current model there’s no need because, like a variety show, there is something for everyone. This is a good thing. Mini have clearly understood that motorists have taken the Mini to their hearts and all needs are being catered for.

Whatever reason you choose to buy a car – frugal, family sized, hardcore – the company have a version for you but still they keep on coming. This time it is the Paceman and it is a treat for the eyes.

It’s a strict four-seater based on the larger Countryman platform and is the seventh unique member of the family. Essentially it is a three door coupé version of the model on which it’s based. It has a new exterior with a sporty design and sits hunkered down on lowered suspension. There’ll be five versions including the always desirable Cooper S.

As you can see from the image the Paceman is extremely good looking. The design is modern and expressive without being OTT. We like very much the interior, especially the seats. At the front they look comfortable with good lateral support but the real innovation is in the back. There’s no concession to squeezing in an extra body; instead, two individual chairs provide a lounge-like environment, separated by the Mini Centre Rail storage system onto which several (expensive) options can be clipped.

You either like the Mini dashboard and centre consul or you don’t. If you do then this one is better than ever. If you don’t, well, you probably won’t be buying this car anyway. Although only a two (large) door, practicality hasn’t been sacrificed for the sake of form. The rear seats fold down to make the smallish boot capacity of 330 litres expand out to a cavernous 1080 litres. Access to this space is via the large and high-opening tailgate.

Some say that the handling of the big Mini has been compromised by the bulk. That’s not an unfair criticism because this Countryman version isn’t as agile on the road as the standard Mini; this won’t bother most buyers though – it’s still good. There’s an all-wheel-drive option which is fine for stability on snowy roads or grassy terrain but is a long way from being suitable for any mud-plugging. A useful safety feature though.

Power comes from a choice of two petrol and two diesel options linked to six-speed gearboxes. High milers will like the 2.0L diesel with over 60mpg but for the most part the choice of petrol engines and bhp (184 in the ‘S’) will be the motors of choice.

New car buyers are seeking bargains wherever they can but for some reason seem happy to pay the asking price for the Mini. Not the cheapest car on the market the Mini seems to transcend price and the same is sure to be true of the Paceman.

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