Countryman: Overview

Countryman: Safety


The real key to driver safety? Avoiding accidents altogether. That’s why a MINI’s world-famous handling and numerous Active Safety features help you steer clear of hazards and less nimble or distracted drivers.

And in the rare chance an accident is unavoidable? That's when a MINI Countryman’s premium quality and dependable Passive Safety features leap into action. From an incredibly strong, protective frame to the advanced Crash Sensor System and 7 dual-stage Smart Airbags that monitor driver and front passenger position, seatbelt use and impact severity to determine inflation rates, our most advanced engineering goes into helping our passengers stay safe from harm.

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The MINI Countryman has been named an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK for the fifth year in a row. As a matter of fact, every year it’s been made, it’s been a TOP SAFETY PICK. The MINI Countryman also received the highest overall rating in the latest group of small cars tested in IIHS’s small overlap front crash test. Watch the video at the right to see how it fares.



Thanks to its high-strength steel front end and side panels, the rigid body of all MINIs reduces body torque, freeing the suspension to do what it does best - provide super-tight handling. A flex-free frame also reduces squeaks, rattles, vibrations and cabin noise. And the rigid body can withstand great forces, which means an increased margin of protection in the event of a crash.


In the event of an accident, your MINI will act swiftly to initiate the Crash Sensor System and help minimize the risk of further danger. After an impact a MINI will automatically unlock the doors and turn on its interior and hazard lights. If the airbags have been deployed, your MINI will even automatically cut off the fuel pump, helping reduce the risk of a dangerous fire being started.


The MINI Countryman comes equipped with 7 total front and side airbags: 2 front, 2 side-impacts in each front seat, 2 ceiling mounted side curtains and 1 additional knee airbag on the passenger side. With “smart” safety sensors regularly monitoring driver and front passenger position, seatbelt use and impact severity, this sophisticated system will deploy each airbag at the safest, most optimal rate. And because the side-impact airbags are in the seat (rather than the door), they move with you and will open in exactly the right spot – no matter where your seat is.  The real innovation, though, are our side-curtain airbags. Set in the middle of the roof area on both sides, they stay inflated longer than conventional airbags, helping to prevent head or neck injuries that can commonly occur in multiple-impact collisions, while helping to safeguard you from flying glass.


With the latest generation of 4-sensor, anti-lock brakes a MINI helps you stop on a dime while remaining in complete control. MINI also comes standard with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) to automatically distribute brake force to different wheels depending on your MINI's current load and balance.  


Our Hill Assist feature makes starting out on a hill and learning to drive a stick a piece of cake. By holding the car's position for 2 seconds, even on an incline, the system prevents you from rolling back as you move your foot off the brake pedal over to the gas.


Having been proven to help cut down on accidents - our standard Dynamic Stability Control can be a motorer's best friend. First, the system uses sensors to measure the steering angle, yaw and lateral acceleration to determine the direction you want to go. Then, if your MINI starts to stray, the DSC system kicks in by applying corrective brake pressure to individual wheels and adjusting engine torque.


If you've ever driven in the rain, and had to back up, this one's for you. (Yes, this is our way of saying everyone). If your front windshield wipers are on and your rear wipers activated, when you shift your MINI into reverse, your rear wipers automatically engage in a continuous motion, clearing your rear line of vision and helping prevent a potential accident. It's just another way your MINI has the uncanny sense of knowing exactly what to do, at exactly the right time.


A MINI’s wipers can help maximize visibility and keep your hands free by automatically varying wiper speed according to how fast you're going. This allows you to focus on motoring in the rain without constantly fiddling with the wiper controls. For instance, have you ever found it annoying when you’ve come to a stop in the rain and your windshield wipers are still flying back and forth at full speed? Well, in a MINI, the wipers will automatically slow themselves down by one speed setting to reduce distraction.


Providing exceptionally crisp visibility at night and in bad weather, our optional Xenon headlamps feature an auto-leveling system that adjusts their angle to the road based on your MINI’s speed and load. With the Adaptive Headlight system upgrade, the light beams will even swivel into bends in the road to illuminate what's ahead and clean themselves with retractable power washers to maintain the best visibility possible.


Nothing ruins a pleasant evening of motoring quicker than the glare in your rearview mirror from the headlights of a tailgater. Our optional electrochromatic rearview and exterior mirrors will automatically dim when they sense an unusually sharp and potentially distracting glare behind you. Please note the optional rearview and exterior mirrors are separate items.


Our optional auto wiper system has an infrared sensor that can detect rain, snow or any other type of moisture and automatically start the wipers on their merry way, freeing you to concentrate on the important stuff, like that nearby 18-wheeler. Heck, this wiper system can even track the amount of rainfall on the windshield and automatically adjust the wiper speed. The auto headlamps will turn themselves on when it gets darker outside.


Taking yet another step to combat the dreaded flat tire, Runflat tires feature reinforced sidewalls and heat resistant rubber to help them keep their shape, so you can still drive up to 80 miles at 50 MPH, even in the event of a flat. They're a no cost option on all MINI models.


It’s standard. It’s innovative. It’s invaluable. All MINIs feature a Tire Pressure Monitor that’ll alert you the moment tire pressure drops below a safe level in any of the 4 wheels. It’s the ultimate way to nip trouble in the bud. The indicator light is located in your MINI’s speedometer but can be deactivated once you’ve inflated the tires to the proper pressures.


All MINIs feature a 100% electronic throttle system that sends a pulse to the engine the instant you press the gas pedal for incredible response and precise control. The electronic throttle is also in constant communication with the anti-lock braking and stability control systems to actively enhance traction and control, and our brake override technology means that the brakes take precedence if both pedals are being pressed.


As standard, your MINI is outfitted with heated windshield washer jets that have a simple but brilliant purpose. Whenever the car is running, these jets heat up to a constant temperature, ensuring your washer fluid will flow freely and accurately – giving you clear visibility for wintery adventures.


It’s the cure for “Parkus Parallelus Phobias” and backing over things. Our optional Park Distance Control uses ultrasonic waves emitted from sensors in the rear bumper to measure the distance between the car and any objects in its rearward path. A warning starts when you're within five feet of an object at least as tall as the rear-bumper, with the signal becoming ever more insistent the closer you get until a full tone sounds when a foot away.


Don’t worry about accidentally connecting your MINI’s battery wrong (say, by messing up the polarities). The horn will sound a warning to let you know the battery isn’t hooked up right. Then you can playfully smack yourself in the head and reconnect it correctly.


Stealing a MINI is extremely tough. Sure, it's partly because even cold-blooded thieves have hearts, and are somewhat reluctant to steal people's most personal possessions. But mainly it has to do with our sophisticated Engine Immobilizer system that makes the starter useless without the key.


In the event of a head-on collision, your MINI will take one for the team. The engine and gearbox are designed to absorb the impact and break away from their mounts, diverting them from the cockpit in a final act of selfless bravery.


Our three point inertia reel seatbelts for every passenger in a MINI make sure that safety comes first. The front seatbelts have pretensioners and load limiters to maximize protection in the event of a collision while minimizing force to your head and chest.


If you're transporting a youngster, you'll be happy to hear that we feature A LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children). They're standard fittings and will work with any of the interior trim options we offer. However, they probably won't work for rowdy adults.


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