Setting the pace?
The JCW Paceman may pack a 1.6-litre twin-scroll turbo, look good and perform well but it begs the question: who needs an impractical Countryman? asks wheels’ Imran Malik
Ihaven’t been this confused since stepping out of the cinema about five years ago having watched No Country for
OldMen. What the heck was the final act all about? I still don’t get it and now, I just don’t get the car you see pictured here, the John Cooper Works Paceman. Why has BMW built this not-so-mini Mini, which is basically a Countryman but without the practicality that one affords, and then if you thought it couldn’t get any more bizarre, slapped a Dh205,000 price-tag on it?
What do you get for your money? Well, aside from boasting all-wheel drive, the usually peppy 1.6-litre twin-scroll turbo four pot (it does its best here but feels a little bogged down due to the excess lard it’s been forced to carry), a snappy six-speed