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First Drive: Mini Cooper Paceman SD ALL4

MINI
BIK List Price
£24,235
Mini Paceman BIK list price
BIK Percentage
20%
Mini Paceman BIK Percent
CO2
130g/km
Mini Paceman CO2
Combined MPG
57.6
Mini Paceman MPG

Review

A more sporty silhouette could broaden the appeal of Britain's favourite car in the corporate sector this year.

Unique styling and a lower stance have the potential to help new versions of the Mini build on the recent success of the brand with fleets, believes product and planning manager Dave Tuckett.

“We achieved record UK sales of more than 50,000 units last year and corporate business accounted for 26 per cent of our 12,000 Countryman sales. Registrations so far this year show we're on track to do even better in fleet and we are confident the new Paceman line-up will tick all the boxes with user-chooser drivers who are looking for something different.

“Our research has identified a fresh sales opportunity as greater interest is being shown in crossover models and we feel the option of four wheel drive will play a critical part in the appeal of this model,” he said.

Speaking as the seventh interpretation of the revitalised supermini was launched in Spain, Tuckett told Fleet News that the five-strong Paceman line-up had the potential to boost total Mini sales by 4,000 units this year.

“The Evoque has been a significant success for Range Rover and our car offers similar appeal in a smaller, less expensive package. The ALL4 is an attractive alternative for buyers looking to downsize,” he said.

The new top-range Mini is based on the five-door Countryman, introduced last year and already accounting for one third of total registrations. Boasting unique looks, it stands on large alloy wheels, has a 4cm lower sloping roof and is the first Mini to feature wraparound rear lights.

Despite its more upmarket stance and having rear seat accommodation styled around two comfortable chairs, the car remains practical with boot space only marginally less than the Countryman at 330 litres. With the rear backrests folded, load volume rises to 1,080 litres, but legroom is restricted for adults when the backrests are in place.

With two-litre power, the flagship diesel Paceman sounds gruff at idle but is a spirited performer. Over a demanding hilly route, it impressed with ample torque providing good flexibility and smooth pick-up in higher ratios and the long sixth ratio gave the car a relaxed feel in motorway cruising. Revised suspension settings promote sharper cornering, but regular suspension and ride height are a no-cost option.

An electronic differential lock, brake energy regeneration and stop-start technology head a list of standard equipment that includes air conditioning, power mirrors, DAB radio, a rear parking sensor and a tyre pressure warning system. 

By Maurice Glover

Fuel costs
Despite developing a prodigious amount of power, the Paceman's lusty engine has the potential to stretch more than 57 miles from a gallon of fuel.
CO2 emissions
Features like stop-start gadgetry, brake energy regeneration and electric power steering contribute to a respectable tailpipe emissions figure of 130g/km.
Residual values
Mini values have held a strong position since the brand was re-launched and the Paceman looks likely to maintain the tradition.
Driver appeal
Like other models in the Mini range, the Paceman has on-rails roadholding and well-spaced gear ratios for lively progress and subdued cruising.
Running costs
The Paceman should tick the box for user-chooser drivers looking for practical transport with distinctive styling and solid performance in a premium package.
Top Speed
122mph
Mini Paceman Top Speed
VED band
N/A
Mini Paceman Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Mini Paceman Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £9,050
4 Year 80k : £7,500
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 40.19
4 Year 80k : 36.85

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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