2013 Mini Paceman Summary

Mini Cooper Paceman's price ladder makes it a relatively expensive proposition versus other cars competing, more or less, in the same segment. For example, the Volkswagen GTI provides interior space and cargo capacity similar to a Paceman S, plus an edge in performance, for about the same money. On the other hand, the Paceman offers the option of all-wheel drive and maintains Mini's unique persona and engaging dynamics, with a substantial practicality edge versus the Mini Hardtop. For those drawn by the brand's distinctive looks and dedication to fun, and are unconstrained by some misplaced sense of brand purity, this Mini may be the most appealing of them all.

Former NewCarTestDrive.com editor Tony Swan filed this report from Detroit. Swan has served as editor of Motor Trend magazine and as a senior editor at Car and Driver.

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