Range Rover Evoque Coupe vs MINI Paceman Comparison Test
It was compared with every competitor on the market, except one: the Range Rover Evoque Coupe. We've seen tests with the regular, 4-door Evoque, the Juke but this is the proper competitor, a 2-door Range Rover. The guys from Autos.ca took them both for a spin to see which is best.
The Paceman they had was the Cooper S version with 181 HP and 240 Nm (177 lb-ft) of torque, hooked up to an automatic 6-speed transmission and the All4 all-wheel-drive system. The price tag for the Cooper S All4 was $37,580 (€28,769).
The Evoque was fitted with a 2-liter turbocharged engine that delivers 240 HP and 340 Nm (250 lb-ft) of torque, and the automatic gearbox with all-wheel-drive, of course. The price tag for the Range was close to $53,000 (€40,555), quite a difference.
The Evoque looks better. That is a certainty. However, its practicality is not paramount, as the rear and back windows are so small, you'll be having a lot of problems driving this car in anything but a straight line. The boot is fitting for some golf-clubs and maybe a labrador.
In the back of the Coupe Range you'll just be able to fit 3 adults. The Paceman has only 2 seats and a flashy center console that allows you to use it as a diverse cup-holder. Also, the headroom in the Range is better than in the MINI.
However, no matter how good the Range looks, when it comes to driving dynamics of the two cars, the Paceman wins. Even though it has a smaller engine, with less power, the Cooper is alive and just as true to its roots as ever. It's a joy to drive and feels more connected to the road.
The Range is no Great Wall neither but it's less personal and its steering sends less feedback to your hands than what you'd get inside the MINI. If you want a driver's car you should go for the Paceman.
Bottom line, both cars have their advantages. The Rover looks better and is more posh than the MINI but drives worse. The Paceman is less practical but gives you more satisfaction behind the wheel, not to mention the almost $16,000 (€12,200) price difference. Either way, it only depends on what you want to do with your car and how much money you're willing to spend on it.
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