2013 Range Rover Evoque Coupe vs. 2013 MINI Paceman Cooper S

Comparing the two most unique vehicles on the market

2013 Range Rover Evoque Coupe vs. 2013 MINI Paceman Cooper S

Full disclosure; these two vehicles are not really competitors. For starters, the Land Rover Evoque Coupe begins at a price of $45,040 while the MINI Paceman undercuts it by nearly half, starting at $23,200. The as tested prices narrow the gap a bit, but the Evoque Coupe Pure Plus still costs $46,640 compared to the Paceman Cooper S ALL4 at $33,200. That gap of $13,440 could buy a Nissan Versa.

And the differences don’t stop there. The Evoque Coupe is 9-inches longer, 7-inches wider, 3-inches taller, 650 lbs. heavier and packs almost 60 more horsepower. So why are we comparing these two? Simply put, they are two of a kind. These vehicles are the only compact crossover coupes on the market.  They are the automotive equivalent to thigh high boots; stylish, fun, attention getting, but not the most practical. If two doors, all-wheel drive, a bit of luxury and a high seating position are all priorities on the shopping check list, well, here are your choices.

RANGE ROVER RESTYLED vs SAME-OLD MINI

Get the Flash Player to see this player.

When Land Rover first brought out the LRX concept vehicle, no one thought the production version would retain that seductive shape, yet it did. Two years into production and the Evoque still turns heads everywhere it goes; especially in coupe form. As part of the Land Rover’s new set of ‘soft-roaders’ that includes the Freelander/LR2, the Evoque is a unibody structure and behaves more like a car than a truck. But don’t think all of the Range Rover DNA is bred out of this crossover as the Evoque does still feature Terrain Response control and can wade in nearly 20-inches of water.

The Paceman on the other hand is a completely different. Whereas the Evoque is the Land Rover family member trying to act like a car, the Paceman is a MINI family member attempting its best impersonation of a SUV. All-new this year, the Paceman is essentially a coupe version of the Countryman, so the similarity between the two shouldn’t come as a surprise. Key differences include a sloping rear roof line, two missing doors, a restyled rear end and the distinct flat-black standard wheels. Other than that, the Paceman looks essential the same as the Countryman. In fact it, it carries such strong family styling cues that it gets lost in the sea of various MINI models; there is no wow factor with this new model.

TURBO vs TURBO

2013 mini paceman vs range rover evoque coupe

Both of these crossover coupes are powered by turbocharged four cylinder engines. The Paceman Cooper S uses the brand’s ubiquitous 1.6-liter unit developing 181 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. The Evoque counters with a 2.0-liter unit that produces 240 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via a 6-speed automatic for our two test vehicles, but MINI does offer the choice of a 6-speed manual transmission.

2013 Range Rover Evoque coupe taillightWith a torque advantage greater than then entire output of a smart fortwo, it is no surprise that the Evoque Coupe feels far more powerful during city driving compared to the Paceman. This isn’t just according to the butt-dyno either; the 3,902 lb. Evoque will go from 0-60 mph in 7.1 seconds compared to the Paceman’s time of 7.6 seconds. Once up to highway speeds, power begins to equal out as both the Paceman and Evoque remain on the good side of adequate, but aren’t exactly hairy-chested torque monsters.

With a much lighter curb weight and a smaller, less powerful engine, the MINI is obviously more fuel efficient. Officially rated at 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway, we achieved an average of 23.7 mpg after a week of hard driving. The Land Rover is rated three mpg less in the city and two mpg less on the highway and, surprise, surprise, averaged 2.9 mpg worse than the Paceman at 20.8 mpg.

COMFORT VS HANDLING

2013 MINI Paceman cooper s rear

The Paceman also sets the pace when it comes to chassis feel. Although the Evoque is a noble handler in its own right, it can’t match the MINI’s tighter dynamics; it’s hard to hide that extra 650 lbs. Turn in is quick and precise while feedback is very good for a crossover-like vehicle. Just don’t expect the go kart feeling of regular Coopers with this car, which makes sense since there is a higher centre of gravity and extra weight of the AWD system.

2013 MINI Paceman cooper s all4 02Still, the Paceman can be hustled. Actual cornering grip is fairly equal between the two vehicles thanks the Evoque’s larger footprint of 235/55R19 tires compared to the Paceman’s 205/55R17s. Thankfully the kidney bursting ride found in virtually every MINI is missing in the Paceman. That said, both it and the Evoque ride on the rougher side thanks in part to short wheelbases.

There is also a canyon like gap when it comes to steering feel. Much like the vehicles’ handling, the Paceman’s steering is lively and just a step below that of the regular coupes and convertibles. On the flip side, the Evoque’s steering is as vague as the ending to Inception. It feels artificial and has an on center dead spot like some Hyundai’s do.

LUXURY vs QUIRKY

2013 Range Rover Evoque coupe interior

But the tables turn once inside the vehicles and it is game over for the Paceman. The Evoque’s interior is a masterpiece of modern design. Everything looks and feels even richer and gives off a distinct leathery smell that makes us feel like we are slipping on a bomber jacket. The brushed aluminum strip running across the dashboard looks phenomenal and the rest of the layout is modern and sophisticated.

2013 MINI Paceman steering wheelThe Paceman by contrast has a funky enough design, but it hasn’t really changed all that much since 2000 and is getting a bit old. The retro look of the giant speedometer dial in the center of the dash still looks cool, especially with the infotainment screen inside, and the small dial in between the front seats works well to control all of its functions. Even with its trademark toggle switches, the MINI’s interior looks, dare I say it, ordinary compared to the Evoque.

SPACE vs NOT MUCH OF IT

2013 Range Rover Evoque coupe rear

Being a larger vehicle, the Evoque offers plenty of cargo room at 19.4 cu-ft compared to the Paceman’s 11.7 cu-ft. rear seat space in the Paceman is also a bit cramped as there is a distinct lack of headroom and the 33.7-inches of legroom make for awkward leg angles. If more cargo space is require in the Paceman, the rear seats will fold down but the center cup holders must be removed manually in advance for the seats to fold flat.

Compare Specs

2013 Range Rover Evoque Coupe
vs
2013 MINI Paceman Cooper S ALL4
Vehicle 2013 Range Rover Evoque Coupe Advantage 2013 MINI Paceman Cooper S ALL4
Engine 2.0 L Turbo Inline-4 - 1.6 L Turbo Inline-4
Horsepower 240 hp Evoque 181 hp
Max. Torque 251 lb-ft Evoque 177 lb-ft
Fuel Economy 20 MPG city / 28 MPG hwy Paceman 23 MPG city / 30 MPG hwy
Observed Fuel Economy 20.8 MPG Paceman 23.7 MPG
Weight 3,902 lbs. Paceman 3,260 lbs.
Front LegRoom 40.1 in. - 40.4 in.
Rear LegRoom 35.7 in. Evoque 33.7 in.
Cargo Capacity (seats up) 19.4 cu. ft Evoque 11.7 cu. ft.
Cargo Capacity (seats down) 47.6 cu. ft. Evoque 38.1 cu. ft.
Starting Price $45,040 Paceman $23,200
As Tested Price $46,640 Paceman $33,200

The Paceman’s dual moon roof is a nice touch, but once again gets trumped by the Land Rover’s glass roof, even if it doesn’t open. The big doors on both vehicles make tight parking spaces tricky to get in and out of and sight lines aren’t great due to the sloping roof lines; especially in the horse-blinder-on-wheels that is the Evoque Coupe.

Despite the exterior dimensions of the Evoque Coupe, there is a lot of room inside. Two tall adults can easily fit in the back seat as there are 35.7-inches of leg room and ample headroom thanks to the glass roof. Unlike the four-seat only Paceman, the Evoque can come with 2 or 3 passenger seats in the back. The only real drawback inside the Evoque has to do with the bottom of front seat cushion that a few testers did not find comfortable.

THE VERDICT

2013 Range Rover Evoque coupe

It should come as no great revelation that the more expensive vehicle is the better vehicle. But, in this burgeoning market niche, the Evoque really is the clear standout. It features concept car looks, drives well, has a stylish interior and of course comes with Land Rover pedigree. A two-door crossover is never going to be a practical purchase decision. Instead, owning a vehicle like this is more about wanting something different from the status quo.

The Paceman is not a bad car by any means, but as mentioned earlier, its overload of siblings could be its undoing. If you don’t half to have two doors and AWD, other MINIs would be a better choice. If a stylish two-door crossover is an absolute must, save up for the Evoque; it’s worth it.

2013 Range Rover Evoque Coupe

« Back
SWEEPSTAKES – OFFICIAL RULES, TERMS AND CONDITIONS

AutoGuide.com’s Monthly Overlay Newsletter Signup – By subscribing to our email newsletter, Entrants are eligible to win one (1) Amazon.com Gift Card (value of $100.00 USD). One (1) winner will be chosen every month at random and contacted by VerticalScope Inc.’s staff. *Amazon.com is not a sponsor of this promotion. Except as required by law, Amazon.com Gift Cards ("GCs") cannot be transferred for value or redeemed for cash. GCs may be used only for purchases of eligible goods at Amazon.com or certain of its affiliated websites. For complete terms and conditions, see www.amazon.com/gc-legal. GCs are issued by ACI Gift Cards, Inc., a Washington corporation. All Amazon ®, ™ & © are IP of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. No expiration date or service fees.

1. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES. AGE/RESIDENCY RESTRICTIONS, VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

2. PRIZE: One (1) Winner will be randomly selected every month to each receive: one (1) $100.00 Amazon.com Gift Card (the “Prize Supplier”). Total approximate retail value of all prizes is approximately $100.00 USD. Prizes are not transferable and no cash or prize substitution is allowed. Prize package is awarded "as is" with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied.

3. ELIGIBILITY: From the time of entry through the final date of prize fulfillment, each contest entrant and selected entrant must be a permanent lawful citizen and resident residing in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia or in Canada, and be twenty one (21) years of age or older. VOID IN PUERTO RICO, THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, IN ALL FOREIGN COUNTRIES OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES, AND ALL OTHER U.S. TERRITORIES OR CANADA AND POSSESSIONS AND WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. Employees, officers, directors, agents and representatives, of the Sponsor and the Prize Supplier and each of their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, promotion partners and any entity involved in the development, production, implementation, administration or fulfillment of this Sweepstakes, and the immediate family members (e.g., spouse, mother, father, sister, brother, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, grandparent, in-law, daughter and son, regardless of where they live) and persons living in the same household (whether or not related) of such individuals are not eligible to participate or win. Only one selected entrant per household. All decisions of the Sponsor with respect to this sweepstakes are final. The Sponsor shall have the right at any time to require proof of identity and failure to provide such proof may result in disqualification from the Sweepstakes.

4. ENTER BY INTERNET: You may enter this sweepstakes via the Internet by logging onto AutoGuide.com and subscribing to our email newsletter via the pop-up overlay.

5. SELECTION OF WINNER: One (1) Entrant will be selected by random selection who have subscribed to our email newsletter. The winner may be announced publicly on AutoGuide.com and will be contacted by VerticalScope Inc.’s staff. The winner will be required to provide a mailing address (that is not a P.O. box) to receive the prize which will be shipped free of charge.

6. ODDS OF WINNING: Odds of winning a prize are determined by the total number of eligible entries received.

7. RESTRICTIONS: The prize package consists of one (1) Amazon.com Gift Card with an approximate value of $100.00 USD. If prize cannot be awarded due to circumstances beyond the control of the Sponsor or Prize Supplier, no substitute prize will be awarded due to the unique nature of the prize. Sponsor and Prize Supplier shall not be liable to the winner or any person claiming through winner for failure to supply the prize or any part thereof, by reason of any acts of God, any action(s), regulation(s), order(s) or request(s) by any governmental or quasi-governmental entity (whether or not the action(s), regulations(s), order(s) or request(s) prove(s) to be invalid), equipment failure, utility failure, internet failure, terrorist acts, threatened terrorist acts, air raid, blackout, act of public enemy, earthquake, war (declared or undeclared), fire, flood, epidemic, explosion, unusually severe weather, hurricane, embargo, labor dispute or strike (whether legal or illegal) labor or material shortage, transportation interruption of any kind, work slow-down, civil disturbance, insurrection, riot, or any other cause beyond Sponsor's or Prize Supplier's control (collectively, "Force Majeure Event"). Sponsor shall not be responsible for any cancellations, delays, diversions or substitutions or any act or omissions whatsoever by the performers/events, other transportation companies or any other persons providing any of these services and accommodations to passengers including any results thereof such as changes in services or accommodations necessitated by same.

8. CONDITIONS: By entering the Sweepstakes, entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules, Terms and Conditions and that Sponsor has the irrevocable right to use in perpetuity entrants' names, user names, likenesses, photographs, voices, home mailing address, biographical and prize information, and entry materials, without notice to entrants and without compensation or obligation, in any and all media now or hereafter known throughout the world, in any manner whatsoever, to advertise and promote Sponsor, its products and services, the Sweepstakes, and for any other purpose except where prohibited by law. Entrant waives the right to assert as a cost of winning a prize any and all costs of verification and redemption or travel to redeem said prize and any liability which might arise from redeeming or seeking to redeem said prize. Sponsor is not responsible for fraudulent calls or emails made to entrants not by the Sponsor. If the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned by reason of damage by computer viruses, worms or bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical limitations or failures, any Force Majeure Event or any other cause which, in the sole opinion of Sponsor, could corrupt, compromise, undermine or otherwise affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, viability or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend all or any part of the Sweepstakes, and to select a winner from among all eligible entries received by Sponsor up until the time of such cancellation, termination, modification or suspension, as applicable. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual that (i) tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operations of this Sweepstakes in any manner, (ii) violates the Official Rules, Terms and Conditions or (iii) acts in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK CIVIL AND/OR CRIMINAL PROSECUTION AND/OR DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Any expenses and receipt and use of the prize and federal, state and local taxes and fees applicable in connection with the prize awarded are the sole responsibility of the winner. An IRS Form 1099 will be issued in the name of the winner for the actual value of the prize received. This Sweepstakes is subject to all federal, state and local laws of the United States. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Sponsor, Prize Supplier, and their respective officers, directors, parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries and advertising and promotion agencies, employees, representatives and agents are not responsible for and shall not be liable for (i) any injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by a prize resulting from acceptance, possession or usage of the prize, or (ii) printing, distribution or production errors. Sponsor or its affiliates may rescind any promotion found to contain such errors without liability at its or their sole discretion.

9. SPONSOR: The Sponsor of this contest is VerticalScope Inc. (the owner and operator of AutoGuide.com), 111 Peter Street, Suite 700, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2H1.

Subscribe to our email newsletter and automatically be entered to win.
*Restrictions apply. See offer for details

Get Breaking Automotive News, Reviews and Video in your Facebook Feed!

Already Liked