2013 MINI Cooper Paceman vs. Its Competition

2013 MINI Paceman, 2012 Paris Auto Show
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The 2013 MINI Cooper Paceman is nearly without true rival on the American market, with its mixture of sport, design, and all-wheel-drive availability.

Nonetheless, some front-drive hatchbacks and Subaru's all-wheel-drive Impreza can offer much of the same features, if in more ordinary packaging.

The Ford Fiesta is even more compact than the Paceman in most respects, but it offers taut handling, its own take on quirky styling, and a premium feature set--but a more competitive price structure.

The Focus is even more price-competitive than the Fiesta, as well as roomier, and in gutsy Focus ST guise, even higher performance than the Paceman.

The Mazda3 fits in much the same mold as the Focus, including the fast-and-fun turbocharged Mazdaspeed3.

The Subaru Impreza is the only one of these alternatives to offer all-wheel drive, and while the new Impreza is restyled, it's somewhat more homely than any of the others--particularly in boy-racer WRX trim.

If the looks don't put you off, however, Subaru's all-wheel-drive Impreza and WRX can make strong value propositions for the cash-conscious buyer in need of foul-weather capability.

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7.6
The 2013 MINI Cooper Paceman family is a design-driven, fun, and still functional small car--if you don't need a lot of extra space, why not add some extra style?
8.8
Whether or not you consider the exciting new ST performance model, the 2013 Ford Focus lineup is evidence that small cars don't have to feel so appliance-like.
7.6
Small cars don't need to be bland--the 2013 Ford Fiesta proves that with a saucy look and pert handling.
8.2
The 2013 Mazda 3 drives with a lot more sophistication and verve than you might expect for a small car this affordable, practical, and fuel-efficient.
7.8
The 2013 Impreza retains the Subaru hallmarks of standard all-wheel drive, practicality, and durability, while packing in more features for the money—and it looks good doing it.
8.0
The biggest MINI, the Countryman adds crossover flexibility to the lineup without diluting the fun-to-drive factor too much.
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Passenger Capacity     
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