Mini Paceman Cooper S
Week ending October 18
Driven this week 82 miles
Mini Paceman review
At £200 the Mini Paceman luggage compartment package isn’t cheap, but nestling among the £6510 worth of options we specced for our long term model, it doesn’t look so extortionate.
However, four months into our custodianship of the car, and I’m not so sure I’d pay for this particular option again. It’s a simple and effective idea for keeping your cargo in one place – two detachable rubber straps attached to the boot floor – but only really useful for rigid items.
The straps are so tight that they squash anything with a bit of give in it. They also have an irritating habit of pinging out of their holdings and flapping around all over the place.
By Emma Butcher
Week ending October 11
Driven this week 28 miles
It’s not often that back seat passengers get looked after as much as those riding upfront, so settling back into the luxury of the Paceman’s cozy leather sports seats - the same as those in the front - is a real treat. You even get your own super-sized cup-holder.
Admittedly I haven’t had the pleasure of a long journey back here, but so long as I wasn’t being chauffeured by an especially leggy driver, I reckon it would be exactly that. As with most coupes though, the back-seat experience is slightly tarnished when it comes to getting out - get your angle wrong and wave goodbye to any chance of a dignified exit.
Week ending October 4
Driven this week 680 miles
The Paceman was the perfect ride for my long haul trip up the M6 to the South Lakes this week. I travelled up to help a reader with an SUV conundrum to put some car choices to the test.
560 miles there and back, and heavy traffic on both legs meant I spent a hardcore 12 and a half hours out of 24 in the Mini. If it hadn’t been for its comfortable seats – supportive in all the right places, but mercifully not too firm – and wonderfully rich sound system, which I can now connect to my old iPhone, I would have feared for my sanity.
The other bonus of course was that I got to unleash some of the 181bhp of the Paceman’s Cooper S engine – a real treat compared with the slow going on my lumpy urban commuter route.
Emma Butcher – Emma.Butcher@whatcar.com