We feature an extensive list of both active and passive safety features in all of our models: Incredibly nimble handling, an Anti-lock brake system with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Cornering Brake Control (CBC), an extremely rigid body, a breakaway engine, crash sensors, a tire pressure monitor, and the list goes on. Additionally, each MINI has a highly sophisticated and comprehensive airbag system. Hardtop and Clubman models have 6 total front and side airbags: 2 front, 2 side-impacts in each front seat, and 2 ceiling mounted side curtains. Countryman and Paceman models come armed and ready 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. Coupe, Convertible and Roadster models have 4 airbags: 2 in the front and 2 side thorax airbags in the seats so they move with the passenger. Convertible and Roadster models also feature a rollover protection bar. Yes, safety is key.
Please visit each model's individual page to see more safety features.
In recent testing, the 2011, 2012 and 2013 MINI Cooper Countryman has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) designation as a “Top Safety Pick” for achieving “Good” ratings for front, side, rollover, and rear impact protection.
IIHS also tightened the criteria to include “Good” performance for roof strength in rollover crashes. The roof of the Countryman withstood a force equal to nearly 5 times the car’s weight. By comparison, the current federal standard is 1.5 times weight.
In addition to “Good” crash test ratings, winners must have electronic stability control (ESC), an important crash-avoidance feature, which is standard on all MINI models.
Please visit each model's individual page to see more safety features on MINIUSA.COM for a full list and more details.
The MINI has been tested in the harshest conditions. We picked the MOST extreme places to do our testing. For cold weather testing we went to the Arctic Circle in Finland, during the winter. For hot testing we drove the car aggressively and repeatedly through Death Valley (USA).