2015 MINI Cooper Paceman Review

The 2015 Mini Cooper Paceman is a fun-to-drive hatchback that has two potent available engines. However, it places in the lower half of our subcompact car rankings because of its below-average predicted reliability rating, high ownership costs, and tricky cabin controls.

Pros & Cons

  • Athletic handling
  • Lively turbocharged engines
  • Underpowered base engine
  • Stiff ride
  • Unintuitive controls
  • Below-average cargo capacity

New for 2015

  • Automatic climate control and rain-sensing windshield wipers became standard

7.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 6.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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2015 MINI Cooper Paceman Overview

Is the 2015 Mini Cooper Paceman a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Cooper Paceman is a decent subcompact car. Some shoppers will appreciate this Mini’s taut suspension that makes it easy to slice through curvy roads, but others will dislike the harsh ride that comes with it. Inside, you'll also find small infotainment controls that are difficult to use, as well as a cramped cargo area. In a class this competitive, you should check out the Paceman's rivals before you make your decision.

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We’ve analyzed 21 Mini Cooper Paceman reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2015 Mini Cooper Paceman?

There are over 70 listings on our site for the 2015 Mini Cooper Paceman, with an average list price of $17,200. That's below average for the subcompact car class. Prices range from $13,700 to $20,700 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Mini Cooper Paceman Cost to Own?

The 2015 Mini Cooper Paceman's five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be nearly $29,375, or $5,875 per year. That's above the class average.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Cooper Paceman?

For the Cooper Paceman, 2016 is the final model year of production, so there are no new models from which to choose.

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There are a number of new subcompact cars with starting prices in line with the average 2015 Paceman. These include the 2019 Honda Fit and 2019 Chevrolet Sonic, which start at $16,190 and $15,420, respectively. Both provide responsive steering and poised handling like the Cooper Paceman, but their additional cabin space makes them more practical choices.

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Which Model Year of the Mini Cooper Paceman Is Best?

Mini sold the Cooper Paceman from the 2013 to 2016 model years, and the model received very few changes over those years. Automatic climate control and rain-sensing windshield wipers became standard for the 2015 model year, and there were no major changes for 2016. Consider buying one of the older Paceman models. They’re nearly identical to the 2016 model and likely cost less.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Mini Cooper Paceman?

J.D. Power gives the 2015 Mini Cooper Paceman a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2015 Mini Cooper Paceman Recalls

The 2015 Cooper Paceman has six recalls at the time of writing. Recalls address inappropriate air bag activation or deactivation, a passenger frontal air bag that may not properly deploy, and side impact performance requirements that may not be met. Three additional recalls involve an incorrect maximum capacity weight label, faulty transmission software that may allow drivers to exit the vehicle when it is not in park, and a seatback that may fold in a rear impact crash due to a defective seatback adjustment mechanism. Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Mini Cooper Paceman Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Cooper Paceman comes in three trims: Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works ALL4.

The base Cooper trim has a decent list of standard features, including synthetic leather upholstery, automatic climate control, heated side mirrors, and a six-speaker audio system with HD Radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port. However, you'll want to step up to at least the Cooper S trim to get a stronger turbocharged engine. It's also the only trim available with all-wheel drive (also known as ALL4).

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Certified Pre-Owned Mini Cooper Paceman Warranty

Mini offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. Mini’s certified pre-owned program provides one year of coverage with unlimited miles following the conclusion of the four-year, 50,000-mile Mini New Passenger Car Limited Warranty. Each Mini must pass a 181-point inspection to become certified pre-owned. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mini warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Mini's CPO program is better than the programs of most rivals, including Nissan, Fiat, and Volkswagen.

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How Safe Is the Cooper Paceman?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2015 Cooper Paceman.

The Paceman comes standard with rain-sensing windshield wipers, and rear parking sensors are available.

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2015 Mini Cooper Paceman Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Mini Cooper Paceman or 2015 Mini Cooper Countryman?

The 2015 Mini Cooper Countryman has several advantages over the Paceman. For one, the Countryman is a four-door subcompact SUV that seats up to five people, while the Paceman is a two-door subcompact car with seating for four. Getting into the back row of the Paceman can be tricky, making the Countryman a better choice for those who need a spacious vehicle. Both the Paceman and the Countryman offer similar powertrains, handling, and fuel efficiency. Although you'll have to spend more for the Countryman, it's the more practical option. If you don't need the additional space, the Paceman is a fine choice.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mini Cooper Paceman or 2015 Mini Cooper?

The 2015 Mini Cooper is a better subcompact car than the Paceman for many shoppers. Like the Paceman, the Cooper has go-kart-like handling and is a joy to drive. However, the Cooper Hardtop has three different configurations (two-door, four-door, and convertible) as well as a more user-friendly infotainment system. It also has many more available safety features, such as adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection. Inside, you'll find higher quality interior materials. With similar average prices, we recommend skipping the Paceman for the Cooper.

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2015 Cooper Paceman Performance

How Does the 2015 Mini Cooper Paceman Drive?

The Paceman is a joy to drive. It has sharp handling and remains planted when cornering. Unfortunately, its ride is firm on rough pavement.

The base 2015 Paceman has a 121-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a six-speed automatic is available. The manual transmission has short throws, and the automatic transmission shifts smoothly. With either setup, the Paceman is short on power and takes a while to accelerate.

Critics recommend choosing one of the two available turbocharged four-cylinder engines rated at 181 and 208 horsepower. Both provide quick acceleration.

Does the 2015 Cooper Paceman Get Good Gas Mileage?

With its base engine, the 2015 Paceman delivers up to 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway with the manual gearbox and 25/29 mpg city/highway with the automatic transmission. Both figures are low for the class.  

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2015 Cooper Paceman Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Cooper Paceman Seat?

There's seating for up to four people in the two-door Paceman. The front seats provide good comfort and support, and despite this Mini's petite size, two adults should be OK in the back for short trips.

The quality of the Paceman’s interior is debatable. Some reviewers praise its upscale cabin, while others think that there are too many hard plastics. The Paceman comes standard with synthetic leather upholstery and manually adjustable front seats. Genuine leather upholstery and heated front seats are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Mini Cooper Paceman?

For installing child safety seats, the 2015 Cooper Paceman has two sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats.

2015 Mini Cooper Paceman Features

Standard features include six speakers, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Available features include a 6.5-inch display, navigation, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, voice recognition, and smartphone app integration.

The 2015 Paceman's available infotainment system has a tiny control knob and small buttons that make it a pain to operate while driving.

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2015 Mini Cooper Paceman Dimensions

Mini Cooper Paceman Cargo Space

The Paceman has 11.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 38.1 cubic feet with those seats folded. These figures are subpar for a subcompact car or hatchback.

2015 Paceman Length and Weight

The 2015 Paceman is 13.5 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 2,940 to 3,260 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Mini Cooper Paceman Built?

Mini built the 2015 Cooper Paceman in Austria.

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