Our cars: Mini Paceman Cooper S - December

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  • Fuel economy from the Paceman has been a pleasant surprise

    Fuel economy from the Paceman has been a pleasant surprise

  • Road and wind noise intrude, so Emma finds herself edging the stereo volume towards max levels

    Road and wind noise intrude, so Emma finds herself edging the stereo volume towards max levels

  • The bonnet catch for the Paceman isn't in the most helpful location - it's tucked up inside the passenger footwell

    The bonnet catch for the Paceman isn't in the most helpful location - it's tucked up inside the passenger footwell

  • Paceman's screenwash managed to last nearly 10,000 miles before it needed to be replenished

    Paceman's screenwash managed to last nearly 10,000 miles before it needed to be replenished

  • Paceman had a starring - but brief - TV role this week, helping out on a consumer advice show

    Paceman had a starring - but brief - TV role this week, helping out on a consumer advice show

  • Mini Connected App offers plenty of interaction for technophiles, but it needs a USB connection

    Mini Connected App offers plenty of interaction for technophiles, but it needs a USB connection

  • Mini's firm ride isn't suited to typical British winter roads, says video editor Pete Brown

    Mini's firm ride isn't suited to typical British winter roads, says video editor Pete Brown

  • Paceman's high, bulbous bonnet makes judging distances at the front rather tricky

    Paceman's high, bulbous bonnet makes judging distances at the front rather tricky

  • Our Paceman comes with sports suspension, and at least one colleague would rather have the standard setup

    Our Paceman comes with sports suspension, and at least one colleague would rather have the standard setup

  • Hustler Coupe is hardly a dead ringer for our Paceman, but you can't deny the similarities.

    Hustler Coupe is hardly a dead ringer for our Paceman, but you can't deny the similarities.

  • Paceman is only suitable for two, plus luggage

    Paceman is only suitable for two, plus luggage

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Mini Paceman Cooper S

Week ending December 6
Mileage 8227
Driven this week 520


Read the full Mini Paceman review

Our Mini Paceman has a staggering £6510 of options fitted to it, everything from adaptive headlights to heated front seats. However, having spent the last few days driving it some 300 miles, I think there’s one it’s missing - and it’s a free one at that.

Cooper S Pacemans come with sports suspension as standard, which means our Paceman has been lowered by some 10mm. For no extra cost Mini will return the suspension back to its normal settings, and I wish we had ticked that box.

While driving it through town I was forced to actively avoid potholes and even broken tarmac, because the way the Paceman noisily thumped over them became tiring. At high speed the ride improves a little, but there’s still some fidget over expansion joints and high-frequency bumps.

My advice is, if you like the sportier looks of the Cooper S model, make sure you keep your suspension anything but.

Rory.White@whatcar.com
<a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/114547903136667248286?rel=author">By Rory White</a>

Week ending December 6
Mileage 8227
Driven this week 520

It's funny how quickly you adapt to a car, and how its quirks and nuances blend into the norm. Well, that's what struck me on getting behind the wheel of our Paceman again when it was returned from a week of fuel and emissions testing.

It was a pleasure to rediscover the coupe's wonderfully direct steering. In so many other cars you just don't feel the same connection with the road, and the constant feedback I find very reassuring. That said, I do wish it didn't feel so heavy.

At low speed, a not insubstantial amount of heft is needed when turning, but I'll take that if it means knowing exactly which direction I'm heading in.

By Emma Butcher
Emma.Butcher@whatcar.com

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