Maker of some of the most distinctive cars on the road today, MINI introduces a new model for 2014, the Paceman.
The Paceman is a two-door version of the Countryman crossover, sharing the same wheelbase and engine options, but getting unique styling including a rear spoiler and the model name written in large letters across the rear.
Last year, MINI changed the way it names its models, and they can now be broken down by body type. For example, the MINI Hardtop now refers to the Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works trims of that body style, while MINI Convertible refers to the same trims but with a retractable soft-top.
The Hardtop and Convertible use the traditional two-door MINI body, with the one marked difference being the roof. Coupe and Roadster models use the new coupe bodystyle that debuted last year, with an abbraviated roof that slopes down right after the door windows which gives them a sportier appearance.
For those looking for more space, the Clubman and Countryman offer extra room in different forms. The Clubman adds 9.4-inches in length, as well as an extra door on the passenger side for easier access to the second row. The added length translates to improved cargo capacity, which is accessed through two rear doors that open outwards.
Rounding out MINI’s lineup is the Countryman, MINI’s first crossover. The Countryman seats five passengers and offers very good fuel economy for a car of its class.
Cooper trims of each of these models get a 121-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. If you are looking for more power, the Cooper S trim offers a 181-hpm turbocharged four-cylinder that might be more your speed. MINI also produces high-performance variants of its models that come with a 208-hp engine and various suspension/mechanical upgrades, called John Cooper Works models.