Our cars: Mini Paceman Cooper S - October

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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 October 18
Mileage 7311
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
Emma.Butcher@whatcar.com


Week ending October 11

Mileage 7257
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.

Emma Butcher
Emma.Butcher@whatcar.com

 

Week ending October 4
Mileage 7229
Driven this week 680 miles

Mini Paceman review

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

Our cars: Mini Paceman Cooper S - September

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