2006 Mini Cooper

minicar / 2-door hatchback

2006 Mini Cooper 2-door hatchback

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Head restraints & seats

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

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

Moderate overlap front

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
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
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.

Side

Rating applies to 2006 models built after December 2005

Tested vehicle: 2006 Mini Cooper 2-door with standard front and rear head tubular airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Mini Cooper was introduced in the 2002 model year. Beginning with 2006 models manufactured after December 2005, changes were made to one of the door hinge bolts and to the crash padding in the rear side panel 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). The tested car was manufactured after the modifications had been made.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with door removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Action shot taken during the side impact crash test showing the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side airbags.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2002-06 models

Seat type: All seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry