2014 MINI Cooper Paceman Review

The 2014 Mini Paceman has sporty handling and peppy turbocharged engine options. That said, its harsh ride, small cargo space, and below-average reliability rating scoot this Mini toward the back of its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Athletic driving dynamics
  • Good fuel economy
  • Harsh ride
  • Awkward audio and climate controls
  • Weak base engine




Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2014 MINI Cooper Paceman Overview

Is the 2014 Mini Cooper Paceman a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Mini Cooper Paceman isn’t a great option among used subcompact cars. While it may be fun to drive on curvy country lanes, in the real world, this Mini has an unpleasant ride on bumpy roads. Its two-door layout makes it tricky for passengers to get in or out of the rear seats. It also has mediocre cargo space and higher-than-average ownership costs. There are more affordable options in this class – like the four-door Chevrolet Sonic and Kia Rio hatchbacks – that are just as exciting to drive but much more practical.

Used 2014 Mini Cooper Paceman Performance and Interior

Mini offers the 2014 Paceman with three engine options. The base Cooper model has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 121 horsepower. The efficient engine delivers 27 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway, but it suffers from sluggish acceleration. The Cooper S and John Cooper Works (JCW) models remedy this issue by adding a turbocharger, which bumps power up to 181 and 208 horsepower, respectively. Both feel substantially quicker in city driving and offer better passing power at highway speeds. Fuel economy remains high as well, ranging from 23-26 mpg in the city and 30-32 mpg on the highway, depending on model.

A six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; a six-speed automatic transmission is available. All-wheel drive (ALL4) is available in the Cooper S and standard on JCW models. The Mini has precise and well-weighted power steering, and the suspension keeps it stable through corners. The unfortunate trade-off is the Paceman’s jittery, uncomfortable ride on bumpy pavement.

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The 2014 Mini Paceman seats four. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and there’s ample head- and legroom for taller passengers. The seating position offers good forward visibility as well. The rear seats are spacious enough for two adults on short outings, but the Paceman’s two-door layout means entry and exit can be difficult. There are two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the outboard rear seats. Open the Paceman’s rear hatch and you’ll find a meager 11.7 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats upright, expanding to 38.1 cubic feet with both seats folded.

The Paceman’s interior design looks modern and upscale. On closer inspection, however, many of its plastics feel hard to the touch. The Mini also earns criticism for its clumsy button layout. The climate and audio controls are awkwardly placed on the dashboard, and some are beyond the driver’s line of sight. The control knob for the Paceman’s available 6.5-inch infotainment screen is particularly cumbersome. It’s tiny and placed low on the center console, behind the transmission lever.

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Used 2014 Mini Cooper Paceman Prices

The price of a used 2014 Mini Paceman ranges from about $13,800 for a base Cooper model to around $21,500 for a John Cooper Works ALL4 model. Prices will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Mini Cooper Paceman?

The Paceman has below-average reliability, earning a score of just 2.5 out of five points in JD Power’s predicted reliability ratings. Three is the average score for all cars.

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How Safe Is the Paceman?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have published crash test results for the 2014 Mini Cooper Paceman.

The Paceman is available with rear parking sensors and adaptive headlights that pivot around corners. However, no other advanced driver assists are available.

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Should I Consider Another Used Paceman?

The Mini Cooper Paceman debuted for the 2013 model year and was later discontinued halfway through the 2016 model year. There were no major updates between these model years, so you can cross-shop all 2013 through 2016 models to find the right used Paceman that fits your needs and budget.

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Which Used Mini Cooper Paceman Is Right for Me?

Mini offers the 2014 Paceman in three trim levels, and each offers a different engine: Cooper Paceman (121 horsepower), Cooper S Paceman (181 horsepower), and John Cooper Works Paceman ALL4 (208 horsepower). To avoid the base model’s sluggish acceleration, we recommend stepping up to either the Cooper S or the John Cooper Works ALL4.

All trims share the same standard features. They include an AM/FM/satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB input, a CD player, air conditioning, leatherette upholstery, and remote keyless entry. Available features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, navigation, a sunroof, parking sensors, and adaptive rain-sensing headlights.

You may want to consider shopping for a certified pre-owned model. Mini’s certified pre-owned program offers two levels of warranty coverage based on the vehicle’s age and mileage, which can cover up to six-years/100,000-miles from the original new-car purchase date. Each Mini must pass an inspection to become certified pre-owned. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mini warranty page carefully.

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2014 Mini Cooper Paceman and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Mini Cooper Paceman or 2014 Mini Cooper Countryman?

The Paceman is essentially a two-door version of the Mini Countryman. Common drawbacks include a harsh ride, weak base engines, limited cargo space, and awkward dashboard controls. That said, the Countryman is the better pick of these Minis. It offers seating for five and its four-door layout makes accessing the rear seats much easier.

Which Is Better: 2014 Mini Cooper Paceman or 2014 Mini Cooper Clubman?

The 2014 Mini Clubman and Paceman rank near the bottom of the subcompact car class. Both have below-average reliability ratings, frustrating controls, and a ride that’s just too stiff for everyday comfort. Worse still, the Clubman offers even less rear seating space and cargo room. Neither are great options, though the Clubman does have lower predicted ownership costs.

Which Is Better: 2014 Mini Cooper Paceman or 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop?

The Mini Hardtop was fully redesigned for 2014, and it improves on some of the Paceman’s faults. The four-seat Cooper Hardtop features a higher-quality interior with a simpler control layout. It’s available with more advanced driver assists, including a head-up display, a rearview camera, and parallel park assist. The Mini Hardtop also has lower predicted ownership costs, making it a more sensible buy. Even so, it’s hard to recommend this hatchback. It has cramped backseats and less cargo space than the Paceman.

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