Driven: 2013 Mini Cooper S Paceman: The Goldilocks Mini
The rain is coming down Coconut Creek, Florida. Hard. This kind of rainfall appears as a large purple chunk on satellite weather maps. It makes the interior the car sound it’s if you’re in the cockpit of a WWII aircraft fighter. The kind that awakes windshield wiper manufactures at the end in the middle of night. I’m not certain if this is a bad day to try MINI’s new sport ute , the Cooper Paceman or the best day you could have. The Paceman is designed to be an SUV and a bit (okay some) of rain could be an excellent thing, right? We’ll see.
For those who aren’t aware that it’s the Cooper Paceman is a two-door MINI that marks its second foray into the realm of greater ground clearance. Apart of the two-door vs. four-door configuration, it’s nothing different from their previous model MINI Countryman. MINI Countryman, at least on paper.
They are available as non-S S or John Cooper Works variants. Both include MINI’s ALL4 all-wheel drive system as an alternative. They both come with 102.2 inch wheels. Both have an internal center accessory rail that has a bizarre LED lighting that changes color. The picture is clear.
The Countryman is a car I’ve drove Countryman in almost every variant available Non-S, S, JCW, whatever. It’s quite good. If you consider JCW ALL4, it’s pretty good. JCW ALL4, it’s great. The question is can we say that the Paceman sufficient or different enough in comparison to that of the Countryman in the eyes of MINI to justify the addition of an additional vehicle to what is, according to some already a bloated line? Does there extra to the Paceman other than what’s written in the brochure? That’s the question I’m facing in this ridiculous amount of rain trying to figure out.
The car I am driving is a front-wheel drive lighter white 2013. MINI Cooper S Paceman (or Paceman S). I didn’t realize you could have a lighter white that white. what. It’s an S and that’s why that this particular Paceman is turbocharged. 1.6 4 liter inline four-cylinder engine that can produce 181 horses and 177 pounds-feet of torque. This is the exact engine MINI uses in all of their cars with an S level. It’s extremely efficient (29 mpg in the combined) and typically offers enough power to allow for some amusement. For Paceman S, it’s incredibly efficient. Paceman S, it will drive the mini-SUV up to 60 speed in 7.0 seconds when using a 6-speed manual transmission and 7.4 with the auto with six speeds and reach an maximum speed of 128 mph. The Paceman S comes with a 6-speed auto transmission with cute little paddles that sit behind the steering wheel that has three spokes, and the shift lever looks like the helmet of a car.
The Paceman S starts at $27,500 with a sufficient amount of kit However, you can modify it to the mid-$50,000s. The model we’re driving today is not extravagantly equipped with a price of $33,350. Along with the basic equipment the Paceman S has:
• White Headlamp Housings with white turn signals $100
• Sport Package (18” 5-Star Double Spoke Black Wheels, Bonnet Stripes, Xenon Headlamps): $1,500 • Auto Dimming Rear-View Mirror: $250
• Automatic Climate Control: $500 • Dual Pane Panoramic Sunroof: $1000
• Harman Kardon Sound System: $750
• Two-PartCenter Rail: Included
• Multi-Function Steering Wheel
• Carbon Black Leatherette Interior
• Piano Black Interior Trim
• Seven Airbags
• Runflat Tires
Personally, I prefer heated seats, however, it’s not a popular option in Florida. In terms of seats The Carbon Black leatherette is actually very beautiful. It appears more similar to leather. I’ve talked to a few people who think it’s better than leather, as they claim it’s not too hot during the heat. The Pacemen, like all Pacemen models, come with two bucket seats forward and two seats in the rear. The front seats are comfortable and feature adequate bolstering for your thighs and back, just like those located in back.
The front seats are adjustable in position, height, seat-back angle, and the severity of the lumbar support.
However, that’s all there is. To achieve the ideal driving position, you have to use an adjustable tilt wheel. There’s no power adjustment, that means there’s no memories. Therefore, you must adjust your seat and find your position every time anyone is driving your car.
There’s a lot of legroom in the rear. The headroom in the rear, at just 37 inches, isn’t enough for those who are taller than 5’10”. I’m 6’1” and I was forced to sit down to accommodate. If you’re looking for it you can fit two adults with ease. I’m guessing that back seats are to be used for purses, dogs bags, shopping bags, and children or fold them down to provide extra storage space for your cargo. When the seats are folded down, the maximum cargo space is an incredible (and incredible) 38.1 cubic feet (13.5 when the seats are up).
Although not a major element of my normal road tests, I am able to absolutely confirm that MINI Cooper’s wipers on the windshield (both in the front as well as at rear) along with window foggers (both both rear and front) are excellent. Given the humidity in the air , and rainfall that hit the windows I had no issue knowing where I was or where I was. The climate control system is automatic and works very well, too. The inside of the unit quickly cools to a comfortable 68° from the surrounding 80 degrees.
Every time I drive an MINI automated model, I am laughing at the design of the gear selector’s racing helmet. It’s the kind of unique feature that makes the MINI an MINI rather than a vehicle. Press the helmet’s visor to switch the Aisin transmission into drive and off you go. The road today is very slick. It’s very, very slippery. When you press the go-pedal to hard and the force flowing into the wheels of front will experience some difficulty getting down to the ground. The front wheels rotate for less than one second, until the traction control intervenes. I could see how the ALL4 could be useful.
When you’re moving it’s very difficult to cause a problem for the MINI Paceman S’s sport suspension and still not be reckless, even in the most tight of turns. If you find yourself in the very rare (or not-so-rare) situation where you’re (or I are) reckless in any way, you’ll find that the Paceman S is very easy to bring back in line by a simple swish of the throttle, and an occasional counter-steer.
The Countryman S drives more like larger car, but not as a go-cart like the standard MINI Cooper S. The Paceman is less heavy as compared to the Countryman. It is more agile. It’s more like an MINI even though this Paceman S weighs about the same as the Countryman.
Acceleration is a good thing even in this horrible flood. Braking, too. The gear shifts during driving are smooth and quick. When you put the car in the Sport mode and it will shift earlier in the RPM range to provide better power delivery. The steering becomes stiffer when you switch to Sport as well. It’s surprising that it’s not so bad. Sports option actually does feel more sporty. It’s kinda’ nice. If you’re looking for control, the paddles provide quick shifts to suit your needs. In contrast to most cars, where one paddle is used to upshift and one downshifts, the MINI paddle has both. Push for down, pull for up. Why isn’t there more cars doing this? It’s so logical.