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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Brake fluid level warning lightBrake pad wear indicator warning light
Electric power steeringEngine start/stop button
Exterior temperature gaugeOil level indicator
Rear park distance controlService interval indicator


Auxiliary input socketDAB Digital radio
Radio BOOST + single slot CD 

Exterior Features

Anti dazzle mirrorBody colour bumpers
Chrome bezels around rear lights and headlightsChrome door handles
Chrome exhaust tailpipeChrome plated trim on bottom edge of window
Chrome-plated radiator grille surroundElectric front windows + drivers one touch/anti-trap
Electrically adjustable door mirrorsFollow me home headlights
Heated door mirrors/heated windscreen washersHeated rear window with automatic switch off
LED daytime running lightsLED fog lights
Metal look door sill finishersRadiator grille in silver
Rear wiperRoof spoiler in roof colour
White indicator lights 

Interior Features

2 cupholders in front centre console4 lashing points to secure luggage
50/50 split folding rear seatsAdjustable headrests
Boot lightCentre console storage
Chrome air vent knobsChrome interior door handles
Driver's seat height adjusterDriver/passenger sunvisors
Front reading lightsFront seat backrest storage nets
Front sports seatsGear knob with chrome ring
Gear/selector and handbrake in artificial leatherHeight/reach adjustable steering column
Interior lightInterior world - Carbon black
Isofix child seat preparationPassenger seat height adjuster
Rear grab handlesSide sunvisor for driver
Storage compartments in doorsVanity mirrors


ABSAutomatic Stability Control (ASC)
CBC - (Cornering brake control)Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors
Driver and passenger airbagsDriver and passenger side airbags
DSC-Dynamic Stability ControlElectronic brake force distribution
Front head airbagsFront seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
Hill start assistPassenger airbag deactivation system
Tyre pressure warning 


Automatic door lockingElectronic immobiliser
Locking wheel boltsRemote central locking + boot release
Second remote keyThatcham Cat.1 alarm


Diesel particulate filter
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO0.25CO2 (g/km)111
HC+NOx0.193Noise Level dB(A)72
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1598Compression Ratio16.5:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)78Cylinders - Stroke (mm)83.6
Engine CodeN47C16U1Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryCOMMON RAILGears6 SPEED
Number of Valves16TransmissionMANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)67.3EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)72.4EC Urban (mpg)60.1


Badge Engine CC1.6Badge Power112
Coin DescriptionDCoin SeriesCooper
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0714EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3Service Interval Frequency - Months36
Service Interval Mileage36000Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1


0 to 62 mph (secs)10.8Engine Power - BHP112
Engine Power - KW82Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM4000Engine Torque - LBS.FT199
Engine Torque - MKG27.5Engine Torque - NM270
Engine Torque - RPM1500Top Speed117


Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front205/60 R16
Tyre Size Rear205/60 R16Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style5 STAR SINGLE SPOKEWheel Type16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Width (including mirrors)1996 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)47Gross Vehicle Weight1780
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1080Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)330
Max. Loading Weight470Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked800Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked500
Minimum Kerbweight1310No. of Seats4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11.6
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

MINI Paceman

The Paceman bodystyle offers coupe MINI motoring with extra comfort and space. Now it's been subtly updated. Jonathan Crouch reports

Ten Second Review

The MINI Paceman. A niche too far? MINI says not. It's a coupe version of the five-door Countryman model, which means sportiness with a bit of extra space all packaged up very fashionably indeed. Now it gets a few minor trim embellishments inside and out, extra refinement, more efficient Euro6 engines and a little extra power in Cooper S guise.


Owning a MINI has always been fun but it's rarely been very practical. Lovely to have the go kart handling and dinky little shape of course, but over the years, many have quickly tired of the cramped cabin and rock hard ride. The only way the brand could keep these people would be to bring them a sporty MINI that was also comfortable and spacious. This car - the MINI Paceman. At launch in the Spring of 2013, it was the eighth member of the MINI family and probably the hardest to pigeonhole. But that all depends on how you look at it. Let me try and simplify it like this. Essentially, there are three categories of 'new' MINI, with the first two of these covering the British-built models. First off, there's the third generation Hatch launched early in 2014. This sells alongside variants from the second category, the spin-off bodystyles still based on the old second generation Hatch floorplan, namely the Clubman, Convertible, Coupe, Roadster and Clubvan models. But I said there were three categories of MINI. The third isn't actually very British at all - or very typically MINI. It's a rather different, much larger five-door design with styling cues to give it a MINI look, built for the brand by Magna Steyr in Austria: the model we know as the Countryman. Take that car's greater comfort and practicality, then blend it with a coupe bodystyle and a bit of traditional MINI fun and you'd satisfy quite a few potential buyers. That at least is the thinking behind this Paceman, now subtly tweaked for the latest model year. Time to put it to the test.

Driving Experience

Is it sporty? Well right up front, I'm going to need to manage your expectations here. This is a high-riding chunky car. It's never going to handle like a much smaller, lighter, lower-set conventional MINI Hatch or Coupe, so come rather unrealistically expecting that and you're going to go away disappointed. To try and help things, the engineers have specified firm Sports suspension as standard but a more comfort-orientated set-up is a no-cost option. Under the bonnet, Paceman customers get slightly more efficient Euro6 engines these days but otherwise, the range is pretty much as we saw at this car's original launch, buyers selecting between the same 1.6-litre petrol and diesel powerplants that all other MINI models must have, though they do enjoy a slightly wider choice than they would do from the units on offer with the MINI Coupe. Specifically, that means an extra lower-powered 112bhp diesel option at the foot of the range if you can't stretch to the 143bhp Paceman SD diesel that probably offers the best balance between power and parsimony. Petrol people meanwhile get a Paceman Cooper model with a 1.6-litre 122bhp unit offering a sprint to 62mph of 10.4 seconds, while the Paceman Cooper S uses the same engine, now tuned to deliver a bit more grunt in this revised Paceman model, power output up from 184 to 190bhp. If you're quick with the slick, incisive 6-speed manual gearstick, it'll get to 62mph in 7.5 seconds en route to 135mph but if that's not fast enough, the flagship John Cooper Works Paceman uses a 218bhp version of this unit allied to ALL 4 all-wheel-drive, taking this variant to 62mph in just 6.9s on the way to 140mph.The ALL4 set-up's optional elsewhere across the line-up, something unavailable to MINI Hatch or Coupe customers. Another reason for preferring a Paceman. Refinement is said to be better with this improved Paceman range thanks to what MINI calls 'acoustic optimisation': you'd have to be very familiar with the original version to notice any difference though.

Design and Build

Everyone seems to have an opinion about this car and I suppose for any fashionable little trinket, that's a good start. Dismissing it as merely a three-door version of the chunky Countryman is a bit cruel. MINI, after all, is at pains to point out that though the two cars are identical up to the A-pillar, behind that this Paceman has a 39mm reduction in roof height and a 10mm reduction in ride height to give a sportier, more purposeful demeanour. It certainly looks less wilfully odd than the smaller MINI Coupe. Certain models now have a revised front grille with a specific contour and grid structure and smarter alloy wheel designs and LED fog lights are now standard. It's inside though, where things get a little more interesting - particularly at the back. The highlight here is the unusual rear seat, which has been styled around a 'lounge concept'. That might be over-stating things it a bit but you do get two - and only two - individual chairs with armrests integrated into the rear trim. You couldn't exactly say that there's room to stretch out here but the couple of adults who'd never fit in the back of a MINI Hatch (and can't be accommodated at all in a MINI Coupe) should be fine on shorter journeys. Plus there's a 330-litre boot. Up-front, apart from a few minor details (redesigned air vent surrounds and different instrument binnacle trim), it's pretty much exactly as per that Countryman model, which is either welcome or a bit disappointing, depending upon your point of view.

Market and Model

Most Paceman models will sell in the £20,000 to £30,000 bracket courtesy of the fact that this car requires a premium of around £850 model-for-model over its more conservatively styled five-door Countryman counterpart. Perhaps a more relevant stat is that most versions of this car demand a premium of around £2,500 over a conventional MINI Coupe with the same engine. That gets you a proper set of rear seats, more sensible bootspace, a higher-set more comfortable driving position and running costs that are very little different. I can see a number of MINI buyers being tempted by that. Standard kit across the range runs to alloy wheels, power windows front and rear, power mirrors, a chrome-plated exhaust, a Thatcham Category 1 alarm/immobiliser, rear parking sensors, height-adjustable sports seats, air conditioning, a decent quality stereo with USB connectivity and a DAB digital radio, plus Bluetooth 'phone compatibility and a two-part interior Centre Rail System to which can be attached all manner of optional attachments for cups, sunglasses - even phones. And you get Sports suspension, though there's a no-cost option to delete that in favour of the kind of softer set-up that I think many potential owners would probably prefer.

Cost of Ownership

MINI has worked at improving this car's efficiency with a comprehensive raft of measures dubbed MINIMALISM. These include Brake Energy Regeneration, a Shift Point Display to help you time your gearchanges, Electric Power Steering, demand-based use of ancillaries such as the alternator and, most importantly, an Auto Start/Stop system to cut the engine when you don't need it, stuck in traffic or waiting at the lights. Along with efficiency changes that have brought the engines up to Euro6 standard, the result is a set of some very good fuel economy and emissions figures that are only around 10-15% worse than those of MINI Hatch and Coupe models, despite this Paceman's extra size and weight (it's around 75kgs heavier than a MINI Hatch). The 1.6-litre 122bhp unit returns combined cycle fuel economy of 47.9mpg with CO2 emissions of 137g/km. The Cooper S Paceman doesn't fare much worse at 47.1mpg and 139g/km, figures that'll fall to 39.8mpg and 165g/km in the rare John Cooper Works flagship variant. Go diesel in a Cooper D and you'll be looking at 67.3mpg fuel economy and 111g/km emissions, while the punchy Cooper SD still gets a respectable 62.8mpg with an emissions figure of 119g/km. Bear in mind that if you opt for either the Steptronic auto gearbox or the ALL4 4WD system, you'll hit these returns by between 10-15%.


One journalist I read of described this Paceman as 'the perfect car for someone else' - and I kind of understand what he means. It wouldn't necessarily suit me, but I know a lot of other people who'd simply love it. MINI calls this a 'Sports Activity Vehicle', whatever that means: I'd simply call it a 'cute-ute', a crossover with a bit of sporting attitude. A larger MINI that can also let its hair down a bit. According to its marketeers, this isn't a car defined by age or gender - which is probably right. It's as likely to be driven by an upwardly mobile thirty-something man as it is by a retiree or a lady who lunches. Yet another reason why this car is so difficult to pigeonhole. But then, that's probably part of its charm. What we do know is that the MINI Countryman's younger, sportier coupe cousin offers something refreshingly different, part Crossover, part hot hatch. And it's perfectly pitched to satisfy those who want a sporty MINI with extra space and style. Just as it was intended to.


** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

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Monthly payment£184.20
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Cash price£12,998
Credit amount£11,698
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£6140
Total amount payable£16,098.40
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge4.2p per mile
Representative APR8.9%

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