2015 Mini Cooper Paceman S

Pros: More passenger space than other Minis; reasonably peppy acceleration; one-of-a-kind styling character; crisp handling for a compact SUV

Cons: Disappointingly harsh ride, especially with S and John Cooper Works models; fairly high noise levels; difficult-to-access back seat; subpar cargo space compared to most compact-SUV competitors

CG Says: The genre-bending Mini Cooper Paceman sees minor changes for 2015. Rain-sensing wipers and automatic climate control are now standard, and the available fog lights are now LED units instead of halogen. The Cooper Paceman is a unique vehicle because it has the qualities of an SUV (relatively high ride height, a wagon body style, and the availability of all-wheel drive), but only two doors. Most of its competitors are compact SUVs, all of which have the functionality of four doors and generally more overall interior space. But Paceman is marginally quieter and smoother riding than the similar Mini Countryman (with which it shares powertrains and elements of its basic design), which has four doors. For some shoppers, the appeal of the Paceman’s unique two-door styling outweighs the corresponding compromises in practicality, though a Countryman is a more logical choice for most Mini buyers.

The Facts
Class Subcompact SUV
Body Style(s) 2-door wagon
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mini
Nation of Manufacturer England
Base Prices Cooper: $23,550
Cooper S: $26,900
AWD Cooper S ALL4: $28,600
AWD John Cooper Works ALL4: $35,600

Base Engine
1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
121
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
25-27
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-34

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
181
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
23-26
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-32

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
208
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
23-25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-31

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2015 Mini Cooper Paceman S ALL4
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