7.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 6.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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2015 MINI Cooper Paceman Review

The 2015 Mini Pacemen has sharp handling and brisk acceleration with either of its available turbocharged engines. However, rivals offer cushier rides, above-average predicted reliability ratings, stronger base engines, and rear seats that are easier to get into and out of.

Pros & Cons

  • Fun to drive
  • Lively turbocharged engines
  • Poky base engine
  • Stiff ride
  • Unintuitive controls
  • Below-average predicted reliability

New for 2015

 

  • Automatic climate control and rain-sensing wipers became standard

 

2015 MINI Cooper Paceman Overview

Is the 2015 Mini Cooper Paceman a Good Used Car?

Although the Paceman is fun to drive on twisty back roads, its stiff ride may wear on you over time. The love-it-or-hate-it interior design puts form over function, resulting in poorly placed audio and climate controls. Also, the Paceman’s below-average predicted reliability rating may give some shoppers pause.

Used 2015 Mini Cooper Paceman Performance and Interior

The Mini Paceman offers three engines to choose from. The standard 121-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine feels underpowered compared to the two available turbo-four engines. These turbocharged engines deliver brisk acceleration and produce either 181 or 208 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard, and a six-speed automatic is available. Fuel economy is subpar for the class, at 23-27 mpg in the city and 29-33 mpg on the highway.

Minis are known for their sharp handling, and the Paceman is no exception. It slices through corners with ease, even as its centrally mounted speedometer climbs. On the downside, the Paceman’s ride is too firm for some, and its steering requires too much effort at low speeds. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and ALL4 models have all-wheel drive.

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Interior quality is good for the class, though there are a few hard plastic surfaces. The hatchback Paceman seats four on standard leatherette upholstery. Some used models come with leather seats that are heated up front. The Paceman’s high roofline affords decent space for rear-seat passengers, but getting into and out of the back seat is always an issue with two-door coupes. There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats.

Standard features include a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, HD Radio, automatic climate control, keyless entry with push-button start, and a chilled glove box. Although there’s a certain charm about the Mini’s funky interior styling, the poorly arranged audio and climate controls are difficult to use at speed. The optional infotainment system features smartphone integration and voice recognition, but its 6.5-inch touch screen may be too small for some. Other available upgrades include a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, and remote start.

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Used 2015 Mini Cooper Paceman Prices

Used 2015 Mini Pacemans range from about $18,000 for a Paceman with no options to around $27,700 for the John Cooper Works (JCW) ALL4 model. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, location, and demand.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Mini Cooper Paceman?

The 2015 Mini Paceman has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five. A rating of three is considered average.

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How Safe Is the Cooper Paceman?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tested the 2015 Paceman. Rain-sensing windshield wipers come standard, and rear parking sensors are available. The Paceman does not offer a rearview camera or advanced features, like adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring.

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Should I Consider Another Used Cooper Paceman?

Mini introduced the Paceman for 2014, and it ceased production after the 2016 model year. For 2015, Mini added automatic climate control and rain-sensing windshield wipers to the list of standard equipment. Unless these are must-haves, consider a 2014 model, as it offers the lowest average price of the bunch. There were no changes for 2016.

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Which Used Mini Cooper Paceman Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Mini Paceman comes in three trims: Cooper, Cooper S, and JCW ALL4. While the base trim offers a good value, the Cooper S offers brisker acceleration and available all-wheel drive. Its standard and available features are mostly the same as the base trim’s.

Mini’s certified pre-owned program offers two levels of warranty coverage based on the vehicle’s age and mileage. The original new-car warranty is extended to five years or 75,000 miles for CPO vehicles with more than 300 miles but less than 36,001 miles. The original new-car warranty is extended to six years or 100,000 miles for CPO vehicles with more than 36,001 miles. 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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2015 Mini Cooper Paceman and Other Cars to Consider

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

The Mini Cooper Countryman is essentially a four-door version of the Paceman, which means it has easier entry and exit than its two-door sibling. It also seats five, which is one more than the Paceman. Otherwise, the two cars are very similar. Both Minis have comparable performance in terms of power, fuel economy, and handling. Each also has a firm ride, which is characteristic of the brand. At the end of the day, the Countryman gets the edge thanks to its higher predicted reliability rating and practical four-door design.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mini Cooper Paceman or 2015 Fiat 500L?

The Fiat 500L is a charming alternative to the Paceman. The 500L has four doors, seating for five, and a little more cabin space than its Mini counterpart. Like the base Paceman, the 500L has underwhelming acceleration – but the 500L doesn’t offer available engines for more power. In contrast to the Paceman’s taut suspension and sharper reflexes, the Fiat has a smooth ride and dull handling. The 500L also has a poor predicted reliability rating, low-rent interior materials, and unsupportive seats, making the Paceman a better choice overall.

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