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2017 Mini Cooper

Minicar
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Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
    G
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
with optional
equipment

Headlights
M
with optional
equipment

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
M


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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2017
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2016
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2015
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2014
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2013
G
A
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
G
A
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
G
A
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
G
A
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
A
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
A
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
A
M
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2003
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2002
G
M
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2014-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Mini Cooper was redesigned for the 2014 model year.

Structure

The driver space was maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 7 cm at the lower hinge pillar and footrest. Upper interior intrusion measured 4-5 cm at the hinge pillar and instrument panel.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s movement was well controlled. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2014 Mini Cooper 2-door
Weight 2,635 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 98 in.
Length 151 in.
Width 68 in.
Engine 1.5 L turbocharged 3-cylinder
EPA ratings 29 mpg city / 41 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1440
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 7
Footrest (cm) 7
Left toepan (cm) 2
Brake pedal (cm) 5
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 1
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 3
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 5
Upper dash (cm) 5
Lower instrument panel (cm) 4

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1440
Head
HIC-15 167
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 13
Maximum Nij 0.20
Chest maximum compression (mm) 24
Femur (kN)
Left 0.8
Right 0.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 2
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.64
Right 0.28
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.2
Right 0.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 93
Right 52

Applies to 2014-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Mini Cooper was redesigned for the 2014 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by BMW (manufacturer of the Mini) as part of frontal crash test verification.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain airbag deployed during the crash. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, its head contacted the side curtain airbag.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2014 Mini Cooper 2-door
Weight 2,674 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 98 in.
Length 151 in.
Width 68 in.
Engine 1.5 L turbocharged 3-cylinder
EPA ratings 29 mpg city / 41 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1322
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 4
Left (cm) 8
Center (cm) 8
Right (cm) 8
Brake pedal (cm) 4
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 2
Right (cm) 2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -1
Rearward (cm) -5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1322
Head
HIC-15 138
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm) 6
Maximum Nij 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm) 35
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.7
Femur force - right (kN) 1.0
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.39
Maximum tibia index - right 0.43
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 97
Right 92

Applies to 2016-17 models built after November 2015

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
A
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Mini Cooper was redesigned for the 2014 model year. Beginning with 2016 models built after November 2015, the side curtain airbags were modified to improve rear seat occupant protection in side impact crashes. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.)

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that a fracture of the femur would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2016 Mini Cooper 2-door
Weight 2,704 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 98 in.
Length 151 in.
Width 68 in.
Engine 1.5 L turbocharged 3-cylinder
EPA ratings 27 mpg city / 37 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES1605
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-21.5

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES1605
Head HIC-15 280
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 37
Lateral force (kN) 1.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 36
Average deflection (mm) 30
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.27
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.50
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.1
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.8
Combined force (kN) 3.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.6
L-M moment (Nm) 117
A-P moment (Nm) -36

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES1605
Head HIC-15 543
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.6
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 50
Lateral force (kN) 1.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 39
Average deflection (mm) 31
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.58
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.60
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.9
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.1
Combined force (kN) 2.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.0
L-M moment (Nm) 284
A-P moment (Nm) -111

Applies to 2014-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 2,630 lbs
Peak force 13,532 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.15
Tested vehicle
2015 Mini Cooper 2-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2014-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Manual leather seat

How this test is conducted

Seat type Manual leather seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 10
Distance below top of head (mm) 21
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 13.4
Head contact time (ms) 48
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 1
Max neck tension (N) 285

Applies to 2017 models

System details

  • Optional Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation

Package name

  • Optional Active Driving Assistant

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
with optional
equipment
4 points total

Forward collision warning

This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point

Low-speed autobrake

In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle nearly avoided a collision.
2 points

High-speed autobrake

In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 7 mph.
1 point

How this rating is determined

Ratings are given for 3 different headlight variations available for this vehicle.
Trim level(s)
  • Base trim equipped with Fully Loaded package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? Yes
Overall rating
M
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual right curve and inadequate on the sharp right and both left curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway, on both left curves and on the gradual right curve.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • Base trim equipped with Sport package
  • Base trim equipped with LED Headlights package
  • Base trim equipped with LED Headlights with Corner Lights package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? No
Overall rating
P
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual right curve and inadequate on the sharp right and both left curves.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • All trims
Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? No
Overall rating
P
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • Base trim equipped with Fully Loaded package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2017 models
M
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 72.1 m None
Straightaway left edge 42.2 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 63.2 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 45.2 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 54.0 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 44.8 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 111.0 m
Straightaway left edge 117.9 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 67.2 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 62.1 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 53.5 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 48.8 m

Trim level(s)
  • Base trim equipped with Sport package
  • Base trim equipped with LED Headlights package
  • Base trim equipped with LED Headlights with Corner Lights package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2017 models
P
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 72.1 m None
Straightaway left edge 42.2 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 63.2 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 45.2 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 54.0 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 44.8 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 111.0 m
Straightaway left edge 117.9 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 67.2 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 62.1 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 53.5 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 48.8 m

Trim level(s)
  • All trims
Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2017 models
P
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 57.6 m None
Straightaway left edge 26.1 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 41.7 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 35.1 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 31.8 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 29.7 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 128.3 m
Straightaway left edge .0 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 43.4 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 52.3 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 35.5 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 42.6 m

Applies to 2015-17 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

M
Vehicle trim Hardtop
Seat type leather

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

1 3


Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Open access rated Yes
Depth Not visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 40
Lower anchor B
Open access rated Yes
Depth Not visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 34
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Open access rated Yes
Depth Not visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 36
Lower anchor B
Open access rated Yes
Depth Not visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 34
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Driver knee airbag: a separate airbag in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
4
Electronic stability control
5
Antilock brakes
6
Programmable daytime running lights

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