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2010 Mini Cooper

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


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Model year Small overlap front Moderate overlap front Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention Headlights LATCH ease of use
Driver Passenger
2018
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
P
M
2017
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
M
M
2016
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
M
2015
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
M
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 2007-13 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
A
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 2007 model year. 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 neck, chest, and both legs indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the airbag, indicating that head injuries would be possible. Head acceleration from the roof rail hit was negligible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the roof rail.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2007 Mini Cooper 2-door
Weight 2,460 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 97 in.
Length 146 in.
Width 66 in.
Engine 1.6 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 30 mpg city / 37 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF0710
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 5
Left (cm) 9
Center (cm) 9
Right (cm) 10
Brake pedal (cm) 6
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 3
Right (cm) 2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -1
Rearward (cm) 1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF0710
Head
HIC-15 226
Peak gs at hard contact 76
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 17
Maximum Nij 0.36
Chest maximum compression (mm) 28
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.5
Femur force - right (kN) 1.7
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.48
Maximum tibia index - right 0.51
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 47
Right 64

Applies to 2008-13 models built after July 2008

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

The Mini Cooper was redesigned for the 2007 model year. Beginning with 2008 models manufactured after July 2008, changes were made to the side torso airbags to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

Injury measures

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

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries would be possible in a crash of this severity. In addition, loading to the shoulder was excessive.

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 and a side airbag that deployed from the seat.

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 2008 Mini Cooper 2-door
Weight 2,674 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 97 in.
Length 146 in.
Width 66 in.
Engine 1.6 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 26 mpg city / 34 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0839
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.
-12.0

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0839
Head HIC-15 193
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 46
Lateral force (kN) 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 36
Average deflection (mm) 33
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 6.95
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.65
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.8
Combined force (kN) 5.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 101
A-P moment (Nm) 28

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0839
Head HIC-15 256
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Compression (kN) 0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 62
Lateral force (kN) 2.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 47
Average deflection (mm) 29
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 6.08
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 1.08
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.5
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.2
Combined force (kN) 4.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 63
A-P moment (Nm) 29

Applies to 2007-13 models

Overall evaluation
A
Curb weight 2,564 lbs
Peak force 8,810 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 3.44
Tested vehicle
2009 Mini Cooper 2-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2009-13 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

Sport seats

How this test is conducted

Seat type Sport seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 0
Distance below top of head (mm) 42
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.9
Head contact time (ms) 50
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 281
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Electronic stability control (standard beginning with 2009 models, optional on 2007-08 models)
3
Antilock brakes
4
Programmable daytime running lights

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