2004 Mini Cooper

minicar / 2-door hatchback

2004 Mini Cooper 2-door hatchback
2002 Mini Cooper shown


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front: original test
Head restraints & seats


  • G
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  • M
  • P
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front: original test

Rating applies to 2002-06 models

Tested vehicle: 2002 Mini Cooper 2-door

The Mini Cooper was introduced in the 2002 model year. A redesign is expected for the early part of calendar year 2007.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head leaned partway out the open side window.

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's left forearm hit the head during rebound.

There was little change in the position of the dummy's feet following the crash test. Injury risk was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0222
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 4
Left (cm) 4
Center (cm) 5
Right (cm) 3
Brake pedal (cm) 4
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 4
Right (cm) 2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 1
Rearward (cm) 0
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 5

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0222
HIC-15 205
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Tension (kN) 1.7
Extension bending moment (Nm) 29
Maximum Nij 0.30
Chest maximum compression (mm) 31
Femur force - left (kN) 3.0
Femur force - right (kN) 3.8
Knee displacement - left (mm) 10
Knee displacement - right (mm) 11
Maximum tibia index - left 0.71
Maximum tibia index - right 0.73
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 3.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 94
Right 82

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: All seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type All seats
Backset (mm) 32
Distance below top of head (mm) 33
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.0
Head contact time (ms) 88
Force rating 2
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 175
Max neck tension (N) 652

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted
Currently, IIHS tests apply only to front seats.

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