New for 2015
The Mini Paceman receives a few minor changes for the 2015 model year, adding LED fog lights and a piano black exterior package option. 2015 also marks the last year of production for the slow-selling Paceman.
The Mini Paceman is a two-door version of the four-door Countryman crossover, with more agile handling and a sloping roofline, but identical powertrains to its four-door sibling. The Paceman fits above the two-door Hardtop and below the Countryman in the Mini lineup.
The 2015 Mini Paceman is powered by a 1.6-liter I-4 in the Cooper model, which gains a turbocharger in Cooper S and John Cooper Works (JCW) models for greater output. Like the door-handle rich Countryman, the Paceman also offers an all-wheel-drive system called ALL4. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a six-speed automatic is optional, as are steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. In Cooper trim the engine produces 121 hp and 118 lb-ft of torque, which is good for an EPA-estimated 27/34 mpg (city/highway), or 25/30 mpg with the automatic. Paceman Cooper S models utilize a twin-scroll turbocharger to boost engine output to 181 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, which is good for 26/32 mpg or 25/32 mpg with the automatic. Cooper S ALL4 and JCW ALL4 both come with AWD, and although the JCW Paceman produces 208 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque (overboost pushes this figure to 207 lb-ft) they are both rather by the EPA for 25/31 mpg or 23/30 mpg with the automatic.
Notable features in the 2015 Mini Paceman include HID headlights, LED fog lights, power-folding mirrors, heated front seats, dual rear bucket seats, Harman/Kardon audio system, a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, dual-pane panoramic sunroof, park distance control, and an automatic climate control system.
The 2015 Mini Paceman has not been crash tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS.
What We Think
The 2015 Mini Paceman occupies a strange category, bringing the population of “two-door compact crossover” from one to two, after the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Coupe. Like Land Rover’s Range Rover Evoque Coupe, the Paceman hasn’t been a huge commercial success, while the four-door variant has sold relatively well (Mini’s Countryman and Land Rover’s four-door Evoque). Unlike Range Rover, which is adding a two-door convertible model to accompany the coupe and four-door Evoques, Mini has been unimpressed with Paceman sales numbers, leading to its cancellation. Mini sold 2,082 Paceman models (Pacemen?) in 2014, to the Countryman’s 22,645, which works out to about eight percent of the total sales of the compact crossover. Think of the Paceman as a heavier, more versatile, and more expensive Hardtop, but with available AWD.
In an Editor’s Notebook review of a 2013 Mini Paceman Cooper S ALL4 we noted, “The Mini Paceman is an expensive style statement with an only average driving experience. I find its size and weight have numbed the playful responses that other Mini models have led us to expect. Plus the Paceman is too expensive and too cramped to be taken seriously as a compact crossover.” The styling was generally seen as superior to the “bloat, bulbous” Countryman, but like the Coupe/Roadster, is it worth it? As excellent as the Hardtop is, and with the introduction of a four-door Hardtop this year, we don’t think many buyers will be venturing into the niche models that have come to clog up the Mini lineup.
We understand why Mini is cancelling the Paceman, Coupe, and Roadster this year and focusing on their core lineup: the Hardtop, Countryman, and a next generation Clubman. If you want a Paceman (perhaps you want a Hardtop, but can’t be consoled by the lack of AWD) then you should go out and get one. As one editor pointed out, “Minis don’t sell because they make sense; they sell because people love the Mini brand.”
- Available AWD
- More stylish than the Countryman
- Fun to drive
You Won’t Like
- Rather expensive way to cope with inclement weather
- Rough ride due to run flat tires and big wheels
- Compromised rearward visibility due to sloping roof
- Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Coupe
- Fiat 500X
- Mini Hardtop