The pre-production Paceman is definitely getting a work out. A few weeks ago the lads from Evo magazine had a go, now it’s Automobile’s turn.

>We drove a pre-production, 1821hp Paceman Cooper S All4.

That’s a jab I couldn’t resist. But, seriously, could you imagine if the Paceman **did** have 1,821 HP?

>As a daily transport tool, the Paceman is decently practical, and its rear seats are fairly easy to access. Headroom will be a bit tight for those over six feet, and making your escape will be a struggle for those who cast a broader shadow. The trunk is not generously dimensioned, but the rear seats fold forward. In other respects, the Paceman is much the same as the Countryman, right down to the same set of small flaws, including excess wind noise, an occasionally rattling dashboard, and the general sense that this car is not as refined as it should be.

Less than a year until it comes out, who’s in?

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