Paceman features styling of original Mini Hardtop in bigger, roomier package.
What the heck is that? Paceman branding lets you know.
Strongest design feature is wedge shape created by sloping roof and rising shoulder.
Instrument panel features standard Mini design cues.
Two wide rear seats and restyled door panels provide “lounge atmosphere.”
Folding rear seats provide lots of cargo space.
Brown lounge-leather upholstery, a $2,000 option, gets high marks.
Interior build quality excellent. Trim fits well in critical A-pillar area.
Front seats comfortable, inviting.
Interior door panels feature low-gloss finishes and nice details such as stiching on armrest.
Window switches moved to doors on Paceman; a plus for those new to the brand, irritating to aficionados.
IP cover is high-quality, nicely textured.
Some judges find Mini's thimble-like HMI interface awkward.
Top line John Cooper Works package features many nice touches, such as custom kickplate.
Mini Cooper Paceman designed to be much more than 2-door Countryman. (See related story: And Now for Something Completely Different)
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