The MINI Paceman and MINI Countryman bring more variety and driving fun to the premium compact segment.

The MINI Paceman and MINI Countryman bring more variety and driving fun to the premium compact segment.

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
02 May 2013

Both the MINI Countryman and MINI Paceman fuse hallmark MINI proportions and design features with their own individual characters. The MINI Countryman cuts a robust and versatile figure, highlighting – without the need for a second glance – its ability to push back the boundaries of urban mobility. Details like the distinctive contours of the large headlight units and the roof’s striking “helmet” form expand the MINI design language and leave an unmistakable mark on the compact segment.

The MINI Paceman likewise exudes power and presence, the gently downward-sloping coupé roofline, long doors, side windows tapering towards the rear and muscular tail helping to push the three-door newcomer’s sporting elegance immediately to the forefront. The design and aura of the MINI Paceman offer a reliable preview of the entertainment awaiting the driver. Its standard specification includes lowered sports suspension – a clear show of confidence in its ability to exploit both the power of its engines and the talents of its ALL4 all-wheel-drive system to deliver unbeatable agility on city streets and twisty country roads alike.

A line-up of four engines – two petrol units and a pair of diesels – with outputs ranging from 82 kW/112 hp to 135 kW/184 hp are available for the MINI Paceman, and a six-speed automatic gearbox can be ordered as an alternative to the standard six-speed manual. The MINI Countryman range comprises two additional entry-level variants: the MINI One Countryman (72 kW/98 hp) and MINI One D Countryman (66 kW/90 hp). The Countryman and Paceman converge again at the top end of the output scale, both providing the basis for enthralling John Cooper Works high-performance models. The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman and MINI John Cooper Works Countryman are powered by race-bred turbocharged engines unleashing 160 kW/218 hp onto the road through all four wheels thanks to the standard ALL4 system. There is little to choose between the two models in terms of sprint times (0 to 100 km/h [62 mph] in 6.9 and 7.0 seconds respectively), but the somewhat lighter and more aerodynamically efficient three-door model has a slight performance edge.

ALL4 can be specified for three engine variants of both the MINI Paceman and the MINI Countryman. In each case, the engine’s power is distributed seamlessly between the front and rear axles by an electromagnetic centre differential. The ALL4 system’s control electronics are integrated directly into the management unit of the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system. This ensures power is sent where it is needed in all road and weather conditions. Fast and precise reactions to changing situations mean these systems not only optimise traction and driving stability, but also increase agility through dynamically taken corners.

The virtues of a roomy and variable-use load compartment come to the fore both in day-to-day driving and over longer journeys. The load capacity of the MINI Paceman can be increased from 330 litres to as much as 1,080 litres by folding down the rear seat backrests. The space available on board the MINI Countryman, meanwhile, is defined by a particularly flexible range of use. The Countryman comes as standard with a three-seat rear bench, whose backrests can be split and folded 40 : 20 : 40, increasing boot capacity from 350 litres to a maximum 1,170 litres. Both models can be ordered with optional model-specific storage packages to raise functionality another notch. Versions of the MINI Centre Rail storage and attachment system tailored specifically to the MINI Paceman and MINI Countryman are included in each model as standard.

Related Article: MINI John Cooper Works

Credits: Oneshift News Team

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