Nuts & Bolts: 2013 Mini Cooper Paceman S All4

June 7, 2013

Bottom line: The 2013 Mini Cooper Paceman S All4 is a fine little car for young, fit bodies more interested in speed and handling than they are in family transportation. On good roads, it runs with the best of them. Just keep it on good roads.

Ride, acceleration and handling: The ride is horrible on anything but the smoothest surfaces. Acceleration and handling are surprisingly good on good roads.

Head-turning quotients: It is a neck-snapper supreme — turned heads everywhere. Mini’s designers get kudos for this snazzy design.

Body style/layout: The 2013 Mini Cooper Paceman S All4 essentially is an elongated version of the Mini Cooper hatchback coupe. It is a front-engine car available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Trim iterations include Base, S and S All4.

Engines/transmissions: The Paceman S All4 comes standard with a turbocharged (forced air) 1.6-liter, 16-valve in-line four-cylinder gasoline engine with variable valve timing (181 horsepower, 177 pound-feet of torque). The engine is mated to a standard six-speed manual gearbox. A six-speed automatic transmission that also can be operated manually is optional.

Capacities: There are seats for four people. Maximum cargo capacity is 16.5 cubic feet with all seats in place. The fuel tank holds 12.4 gallons of gasoline (premium unleaded is required).

Mileage: We got 31 miles per gallon in highway driving.

Safety: Standard equipment includes four-wheel disc brakes (ventilated front, solid rear); four-wheel anti-lock brake protection; electronic brake-force distribution; electronic stability and traction control; and front and rear head air bags.

Prices: The base price on the 2013 Mini Cooper Paceman S All4 is $28,500. Dealer’s invoice price on that model is $26,220. Price as tested is $36,200, including $4,750 in options (onboard navigation, power operated double-pane glass roof, premium sound system and a host of other items) and a $700 factory-to-dealer transportation fee. Dealer’s price as tested is $33,360.

Warren Brown is a columnist who writes about autos for The Washington Post.
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