Our cars: Mini Paceman Cooper S hello
The Paceman is essentially the Countryman crossover with sportier styling, 4cm shaved off its roofline, two fewer doors, one less seat, and almost a grand added to the list price.
Thankfully, the premium price – £22,355 – gets you plenty of toys, including DAB radio, all-round electric windows, twin chrome exhaust tail pipes, stop-start, rear parking sensors, front sports seats heated windscreen and washer jets, and basic Bluetooth with USB connection.
We also specified a fair few options, together worth £6510 – well if you’re going to buy this statement car you might as well go the whole hog, and Mini does have a tempting, if bewilderingly extensive options list.
We specced metallic paint, anthracite roof lining, adaptive headlights, chrome interior detailing to match the exterior, heated leather seats, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, the luggage compartment package, a Harman Kardon stereo and the Maintenance pack.
We also added the Chili pack, which gets you the shiny bits around the headlights and grille, multi-colour interior ambient lighting, automatic air-con, front foglights, rain sensor and auto lights, passenger seat height adjustment, multi-function steering wheel and the piece de resistance – velour floor mats.
The media pack we chose, meanwhile, promises to keep us in the loop with the Mini Connected apps system, full Bluetooth preparation, voice control, and sat-nav.
That little lot should keep me busy for a while, but I do wonder if I’ll actually have time to drive the car. I’ll give it my best shot, anyway. Next week: out on the road with the Paceman.
By Emma Butcher
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