2013 BMW X1 is almost 5 inches lower and 6.5 inches shorter
than its nearest sibling, the 2013 BMW X3.
the Paceman is a Britishism wrapped in an Anglicism. It’s a term
from the decidedly English sport of cricket for a person who rolls a
ball with lightning speed — a term that, when transposed to the
newest car from Mini, describes a small object careening across the
Mini model in its 12 years under BMW, the Paceman is a stretched
coupe that pushes the limits of what a manufacturer can do with such
a well-known profile. The four-seater with the sloped roofline and
squinty windows shuns classic cute for a more menacing look that
Evoques a certain Range Rover, in miniature, and hints at its nimble
The Paceman is
powered with a direct-injection, 1.6-liter four-cylinder that on the
Cooper S version I tested was twinscroll turbocharged to boost its
stock 121 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque to a more
satisfying 181 and 177, respectively. It was also equipped with an
optional sport button that, when engaged, stiffened the steering,
made the engine and transmission heed my beck and call with Jeeves-like
efficiency and, when plowing through potholes, routinely attempted
to pry the steering wheel from my grip.
My tester was
front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is an option that operates in
front-wheel drive until the car senses wheel slippage in the front
at which point it distributes the car’s engine power and torque
between the front and rear axles to correct course.
is, like other Minis, a solid machine. Tipping the scales at 3,070
pounds, it feels dense and well built, but coupling that with more
horsepower has a down side. I averaged just 25 mpg.
was also apparent in the doors, which, as my 10-year-old noted the
first time he exited the Paceman, were big for such a small car.
on the two-door Paceman is the same as the largest car in the Mini
lineup — the four-door Countryman, with which it shares many
interior design attributes.
dozens of unique style features, from the key fob that nests in a
compartment next to the push-button start to the center console.
There’s no touch screen in the Paceman — just a large, dinner
plate of a display operated with a knob that twists and pushes its
way through controls for the radio, navigation, Bluetooth and other
Paceman’s cockpit feels more Boeing than BMW Group. The parking
brake looks like the yoke on a small plane. Its air vents resemble
miniature turbines. In addition to buttons, there are toggle
car down its center is a rail that serves as a mount for cell phones
and other devices that, with an optional lighting package, can be
lit up like a nightclub in shades of red, blue or yellow. The rail
begins just south of the center console and runs through the front
bucket seats to twin seats in the rear that should only be seated
With the front
seats in the rearmost position, there are literally 2 inches of rear
seat legroom that, for passengers over the age of, say, 4, will have
them wishing they were flying — even coach. At least the front
seats have literally carved some space into their backsides to
better accommodate passenger legs.
Twin-scroll turbocharged, direct-injected, 1.6-liter,
inline-four-cylinder, 6-speed automatic transmission
horsepower: 181 at 5,500 rpm
torque: 177 lb.-ft. between 1,600 and 5,000 rpm
length: 162.2 inches
weight: 3,070 lbs.
estimated fuel economy: 25 mpg city, 30 mpg highway
fuel economy (based on 198 miles of driving): 25 mpg combined
include destination charge.