Used 2016 MINI Cooper Paceman

Pros & Cons

  • Entertaining to drive
  • reasonably fuel-efficient engines
  • available all-wheel drive
  • lots of personalization options
  • crossover-like elevated ride height.
  • Unimpressive acceleration with the base engine
  • ride may be too firm or loud for some
  • cargo area is not as large as many competitors
  • ergonomic issues with some controls
  • costs more than the related Countryman but has two fewer doors and less headroom.
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Edmunds' Expert Review

You may be intrigued by the 2016 Mini Cooper Paceman if you are in the market for a unique compact coupe. Think of it as a high-riding version of the Mini hatchback. That means it's sporty and fun, with plenty of personality. Read on to see if this out-of-the-box coupe is right for you.

Vehicle overview

Mini isn't shy about building slightly different versions of pretty much the same car, and the 2016 Mini Cooper Paceman is a prime example. While following the basic silhouette of the previous-generation Cooper hatchback on which it's based, the Paceman is roughly 15 inches longer and 4.5 inches taller than its progenitor. The result is elevated seating for all, plus a welcome injection of legroom for a pair of backseat passengers. Unlike in the Paceman's four-door Countryman sibling, however, those rear passengers will need an uncommon level of agility to get in and out with anything resembling grace.

At a glance, the 2016 Mini Cooper Paceman may not look that different from the familiar Countryman crossover, but it's got a two-door character all its own.

As such, the Paceman isn't the most practical Mini, nor is it the most athletic. Still, the sport-tuned suspension delivers crisp handling that's enhanced by spot-on steering feel, minimizing the typical vagueness of a crossover despite the elevated driving perch. Thanks to its Countryman genes, the Paceman offers all-wheel drive as an option, setting it apart from most other two-door models that shoppers might consider. Acceleration from the turbocharged Cooper S and John Cooper Works models is always lively, though the base version's anemic 121-horsepower engine just doesn't have enough juice to move this big hatchback about with anything resembling enthusiasm.

Inside, it's clear that the Paceman is a holdover from the previous Mini generation. The oversize center-mounted speedometer and style-over-substance switchgear have begun to look a little dated. The growth spurt of the current, third-generation Cooper hardtop has also moved the two cars closer in regards to cargo space, as the Paceman now offers only 4 more cubic feet of cargo space. The takeaway is that in today's marketplace, the 2016 Paceman is a mixed bag, delivering plenty of distinctive Mini character but also suffering from age-related quirks.

With these downsides in mind, we'd encourage you to check out more traditional compact crossovers like the 2016 Ford Escape and 2016 Mazda CX-5, both of which still offer a sporty driving experience along with four doors and significantly larger cabins. You could also look at the new breed of subcompact crossovers, such as the Fiat 500X and Mazda CX-3, or the new Hyundai Tucson, which offers fresh style in an in-between size. If it's maximum grins-per-mile you seek, the 2016 Ford Focus ST and 2016 Volkswagen GTI are great performers, reasonably priced and roomier inside than the Paceman.

Nonetheless, the 2016 Mini Cooper Paceman is unabashedly a niche offering. If the idea of a high-stepping hatchback coupe with plenty of flair is what you want, this Mini is just the thing.

We Recommend

How you customize your Mini is up to you, but we'd use the Paceman Cooper S as a jumping-off point. The base engine provides fairly underwhelming acceleration.

MINI Cooper Paceman models

The 2016 Mini Cooper Paceman is a two-door, four-passenger compact hatchback that rides higher than ordinary Mini models. It's available in base, Cooper S and John Cooper Works (JCW) trim levels. Mini's ALL4 all-wheel-drive system is optional on Cooper S and standard on JCW.

The entry-level Paceman comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights and wipers, heated mirrors, push-button ignition, automatic climate control, leatherette (premium vinyl) upholstery, six-way manually adjustable front seats, cruise control, color-adjustable ambient interior lighting, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a chilled glovebox, split-folding rear seatbacks, Bluetooth connectivity and a six-speaker audio system with a CD player, HD radio, a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack.

The cabin of the 2016 Mini Cooper Paceman dates back to the previous-generation Mini lineup. It looks cool, but it also has its fair share of ergonomic issues.

Step up to the Cooper S and you get different exterior trim, a turbocharged engine, dynamic traction control (bundled with an electronic limited-slip differential), LED foglights and sport front seats. The Cooper S ALL4 adds all-wheel drive.

The high-performance John Cooper Works model is similar to the Cooper S ALL4, but features a more powerful engine, 18-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension (optional on the base and S versions), special styling details and cloth upholstery.

A long list of options, including many of the items that come standard in the higher trims, provides seemingly endless opportunities for customizing the Paceman. Highlights include 18- or 19-inch wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, rear parking sensors, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, leather upholstery, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and power-folding side mirrors, satellite radio, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system and a wide variety of exterior and interior trim pieces, graphics and color themes.

Also available is a Media package that adds a 6.5-inch display inside the central speedometer, a corresponding console-mounted joystick, voice controls and smartphone-app integration. A navigation system can be added for an additional fee.

2016 Highlights

The 2016 Mini Cooper Paceman returns with only minor changes to available options packages.

Performance & mpg

The base version of the 2016 Mini Cooper Paceman is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 121 hp and 118 pound-feet of torque. It comes with either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic, both of which send power to the front wheels.

Mini estimates that the base Paceman accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 9.7 seconds with the manual transmission and 10.8 seconds with the automatic, which is subpar for a premium small hatchback. In cheerier news, EPA fuel economy estimates peg the manual-transmission Paceman at a satisfying 29 mpg combined (27 city/32 highway), though the automatic is notably worse at 27 mpg combined (25 city/30 highway).

For more zip, you can move up to the Cooper S Paceman, which uses a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that delivers 181 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. The Cooper S ALL4 version provides all-wheel drive. In Edmunds testing, a front-wheel-drive Paceman S with the automatic transmission sprinted from zero to 60 mph in a more satisfying 7.2 seconds.

The Cooper S Paceman's huge performance gains come with almost no penalty at the gas pump. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the front-wheel-drive Cooper S is 29 mpg combined (26/32) with the manual transmission, and the automatic version is actually thriftier than its non-turbocharged counterpart at 28 mpg combined (25/32). The ALL4 version checks in at 27 mpg combined (25/31) with the manual and 26 mpg combined (23/30) with the automatic.

The top-of-the-line John Cooper Works model boasts a more potent version of the turbocharged 1.6-liter rated at 208 hp and up to 192 lb-ft of torque (up to 207 lb-ft using the overboost function). All-wheel drive is standard. Mini says the JCW Paceman will hit 60 mph in 6.5 seconds with either transmission. EPA fuel economy estimates are the same as for the S ALL4.

Safety

Standard safety equipment on the 2016 Mini Cooper Paceman includes antilock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and a front passenger knee airbag. Rear parking sensors are optional across the Paceman lineup.

Dynamic traction control (DTC) is standard on the S and JCW models and optional on the base Paceman. When this mode is activated, the stability control system becomes more permissive, though it will still step in when necessary to act as a safety net. If you turn DTC off, the included electronic limited-slip differential remains in effect to optimize traction and prevent the inside wheel from spinning during cornering.

In Edmunds brake testing, a Paceman S with summer tires stopped from 60 mph in 120 feet, a disappointingly long distance for a sporting hatchback with performance rubber.

Driving

On the road, the 2016 Mini Cooper Paceman is underwhelming when fitted with the base model's 1.6-liter engine. Even if you're initially attracted to its strong EPA fuel economy estimates, it's a safe bet that you'll much prefer driving the more powerful Cooper S or John Cooper Works model. Enthusiasts will gravitate toward the engaging six-speed manual gearbox, but the smooth automatic that's offered as an option is a satisfying solution for the clutch-averse.

The 2016 Mini Cooper Paceman's larger dimensions create more rear seat legroom, but not as much additional cargo room as you might expect.

Driven with verve, the Cooper Paceman handles curving stretches of asphalt with much the same reassuring responsiveness found in Mini's smaller models. In everyday driving, however, the steering effort of the Cooper S and John Cooper Works models is overly heavy in parking lots and other common low-speed situations. The ride is also a little harsh and busy, especially with the JCW's 18-inch wheels and sport-tuned suspension. Finally, tire noise can sometimes intrude into the cabin to a bothersome degree.

Interior

The 2016 Mini Cooper Paceman's front seats are noticeably roomier than those in the Cooper hardtop. The seating position isn't quite as elevated as in the four-door Countryman, but it's close, giving the Paceman an unusually high-riding feel for a two-door hatchback. Because the rear passengers don't have their own doors, ingress and egress can be a challenge, but there's a respectable amount of passenger space back there once you're settled.

From an aesthetic standpoint, the Paceman's interior is pure Mini, with all the distinctive elements made famous by the previous-generation lineup. That includes the oversized center-mounted speedometer and the shiny toggle switches, among other prominent styling decisions. The downside, of course, is that the underlying functionality often leaves something to be desired. The current, third-generation Mini cars have overhauled interiors with relatively straightforward ergonomics and improved materials, so the Paceman is a throwback, for better or worse.

When it comes to hauling stuff, the Paceman's cargo hold offers a mere 11.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats, and just 38.1 cubic feet with those seatbacks folded down. Compare that with the current Cooper hatchback model, which sports 8.7 and 34.0 cubic feet respectively, and you can see that the Paceman's greater size isn't as much of an advantage as it used to be.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2016 MINI Cooper Paceman.

Average user rating: 5.0 stars
2 total reviews
5 star reviews: 100%
4 star reviews: 0%
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2 star reviews: 0%
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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, All weather pocket rocket
Daniel Stephens ,
S ALL4 2dr Hatchback AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
While it’s not for everyone, we love our Paceman. Sporty and responsive to drive. It can fit 4 actual adults with the rear bucket seats and it’s all in a nice looking package. The interior isn’t exactly intuitive but before long it’s manageable.
5/5 stars, What a safe car
Bruce T,
S ALL4 2dr Hatchback AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
We were re-ended by a Ford Expedition while stopped in traffic, hit at 60 MPH. Our month old Paceman took the lick like a champ, we were bruise and quite sore but the seats collapsed making the the impact less severe on us.So taken by how that experience we immediately bought another. Have taken several 800 mile trips to Florida and the ride is great, excellent around town as well. Love the look and sport select drive through the mountains.


Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$23,550
MPG & Fuel
27 City / 32 Hwy / 29 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 12.4 gal. capacity
Seating
4 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 121 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 118 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 162.0 in. / Height: 59.8 in. / Width: 70.3 in.
Curb Weight: 2940 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 11.7 cu.ft.

FAQ

Is the MINI Cooper Paceman a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2016 Cooper Paceman both on the road and at the track. You probably care about MINI Cooper Paceman fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Cooper Paceman gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg to 29 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Cooper Paceman has 11.7 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a MINI Cooper Paceman. Learn more

Is the MINI Cooper Paceman reliable?

To determine whether the MINI Cooper Paceman is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Cooper Paceman. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Cooper Paceman's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2016 MINI Cooper Paceman a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2016 MINI Cooper Paceman is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2016 Cooper Paceman is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2016 MINI Cooper Paceman?

The least-expensive 2016 MINI Cooper Paceman is the 2016 MINI Cooper Paceman 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $23,550.

Other versions include:

  • 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M) which starts at $23,550
  • John Cooper Works ALL4 2dr Hatchback AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $35,600
  • S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $26,900
  • S ALL4 2dr Hatchback AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $28,600
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What are the different models of MINI Cooper Paceman?

If you're interested in the MINI Cooper Paceman, the next question is, which Cooper Paceman model is right for you? Cooper Paceman variants include 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M), John Cooper Works ALL4 2dr Hatchback AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M), S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and S ALL4 2dr Hatchback AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M). For a full list of Cooper Paceman models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2016 MINI Cooper Paceman

Used 2016 MINI Cooper Paceman Overview

The Used 2016 MINI Cooper Paceman is offered in the following submodels: Cooper Paceman Hatchback, Cooper Paceman John Cooper Works ALL4. Available styles include 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M), John Cooper Works ALL4 2dr Hatchback AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M), S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and S ALL4 2dr Hatchback AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M).

What do people think of the 2016 MINI Cooper Paceman?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2016 MINI Cooper Paceman and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2016 Cooper Paceman 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2016 Cooper Paceman.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

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Our Review Process

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What's a good price for a New 2016 MINI Cooper Paceman?

2016 MINI Cooper Paceman 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M)

The 2016 MINI Cooper Paceman 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,400. The average price paid for a new 2016 MINI Cooper Paceman 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M) is trending $11,067 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $11,067 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $13,333.

The average savings for the 2016 MINI Cooper Paceman 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M) is 45.4% below the MSRP.

2016 MINI Cooper Paceman S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

The 2016 MINI Cooper Paceman S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $27,750. The average price paid for a new 2016 MINI Cooper Paceman S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $13,401 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $13,401 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $14,349.

The average savings for the 2016 MINI Cooper Paceman S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is 48.3% below the MSRP.

2016 MINI Cooper Paceman S ALL4 2dr Hatchback AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

The 2016 MINI Cooper Paceman S ALL4 2dr Hatchback AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,450. The average price paid for a new 2016 MINI Cooper Paceman S ALL4 2dr Hatchback AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $12,319 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $12,319 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $17,131.

The average savings for the 2016 MINI Cooper Paceman S ALL4 2dr Hatchback AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is 41.8% below the MSRP.

2016 MINI Cooper Paceman John Cooper Works ALL4 2dr Hatchback AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

The 2016 MINI Cooper Paceman John Cooper Works ALL4 2dr Hatchback AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,450. The average price paid for a new 2016 MINI Cooper Paceman John Cooper Works ALL4 2dr Hatchback AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $16,561 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $16,561 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $19,889.

The average savings for the 2016 MINI Cooper Paceman John Cooper Works ALL4 2dr Hatchback AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is 45.4% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2016 MINI Cooper Paceman?

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