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2014 Mini Countryman/Paceman

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/13/2014 Karla Sanchez

Vehicle Overview

The 2014 Mini Countryman could be seen as the most practical Mini for those needing space and light off-road capability. Its two-door sibling -- the 2014 Mini Paceman -- takes away from what makes the four-door Countryman a good car in the name of style. Much to the Paceman's credit, though, it does look like a smaller Range Rover Evoque, but at a much more attractive price.

Research

Like all other Minis, the Countryman and Paceman come standard with the base 1.6-liter engine that makes 121 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. Racier S-badged models get a turbocharged version of the engine that bumps it up to 181 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. Top-trim John Cooper Works models come with visual upgrades, and Mini squeezed even more horsepower out of the turbocharged engine to produce 208 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. All Countryman and Paceman models come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, while a six-speed automatic is optional. Unlike all other Minis though, the Countryman's and Paceman's window switches are located on the door panels rather than on the center stack, which has been a Mini staple since the brand was first introduced. The compact CUVs are also the only Minis in the lineup to be offered with ALL4, which is all-wheel drive in Mini speak. ALL4 is optional on Cooper S models and standard on John Cooper Works models.

As for how the two-door Mini Paceman and four-door Mini Countryman cute utes compare to one another, the rear seats remain in Paceman and offer a larger amount of room than might be expected, although headroom is reduced by a few tenths of an inch compared with the Countryman. "The Paceman drives very much as you'd expect it to: like a slightly stiffer, sportier Countryman," we said in our Paceman First Drive. That means it still delivers an exhilarating experience, just like the Countryman. In MT testing, the Countryman Cooper S ALL4 hustled from 0-60 mph in 7.3 seconds, reaching the quarter-mile in 15.7 seconds at 89.1 mph.

What's New for 2014

The 2014 Mini Countryman and 2014 Mini Paceman now boast heated rearview mirrors and heated windshield washer jets as standard equipment. Adding those features previously tacked on $500 to the price tag. The Paceman is also equipped with a standard comfort suspension, but a sport suspension is a no-charge option.

You'll Like

  • Endless customization options
  • Excellent gearing
  • Sporty steering

You Won't Like

  • Options get pricey
  • Firm ride
  • Lots of road noise

Key Competitors

  • Fiat 500L
  • Nissan Juke
  • Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • Volkswagen Tiguan

Sum Up

3 star

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