Top Safety Pick

2017 Mini Cooper

minicar / 2-door hatchback

Award applies only to vehicles with optional front crash prevention and applies only to Hardtop 2-door models

2017 Mini Cooper 2-door hatchback
2016 Mini Cooper shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights(varies by trim/ option)
Front crash prevention
Optional system
Advanced

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

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.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2014-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Mini Cooper 2-door

The Mini Cooper was redesigned for the 2014 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

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

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

The driver's space was maintained well, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

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

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2014-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Mini Cooper 2-door

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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant 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

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2016-19 models built after November 2015

Tested vehicle: 2016 Mini Cooper 2-door

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.)

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

View of the vehicle 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.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side airbags.

Smeared red and yellow greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag. During rebound, the dummy's head and torso slid out from the shoulder belt and moved across the seat, but this motion does not cause any significant risk of injury.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

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

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

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2014-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Mini Cooper 2-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 2,630 lbs
Peak force 13,532 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.15

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2014-19 models

Seat type: Manual leather seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
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

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Headlights

Ratings are given for 3 different headlight variations available on 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
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
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.

Technical measurements for this test
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 2017-18 models
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
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.

Technical measurements for this test
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 2017-18 models
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
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.

Technical measurements for this test
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 2017-19 models
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

How headlights are evaluated

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Optional Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation

Package name

  • Optional Active Driving Assistant

Applies to 2017-19 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle nearly avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 7 mph.
Advanced
Advanced
with optional equipment

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2015-19 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim Hardtop
Seat type leather

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

1 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
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
Technical measurements for this test

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

How child seat anchors are evaluated