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2013 Mini Countryman

small car / 4-door hatchback

2013 Mini Countryman 4-door hatchback
2011 Mini Countryman shown

Crashworthiness

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

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Front crash prevention
Not available

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 2011-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Mini Countryman 4-door 2wd

The Mini Countryman was introduced in the 2011 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
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 reasonably well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to protect the head from injury in the crash test. Still, the inflated portion of the curtain airbag should extend farther forward toward the A-pillar to protect the head from contact with forward side structure and outside objects if crash circumstances were to differ slightly.

Except for door hinge pillar deformation, the driver's space was maintained reasonably 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 CEN1410
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 13
Footrest (cm) 9
Left toepan (cm) 3
Brake pedal (cm) 5
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 3
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 3
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 8
Upper dash (cm) 7
Lower instrument panel (cm) 9

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1410
Head
HIC-15 68
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 6
Maximum Nij 0.19
Chest maximum compression (mm) 25
Femur (kN)
Left 2.3
Right 0.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 9
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.51
Right 0.62
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.3
Right 0.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 62
Right 42

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2011-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Mini Countryman S 4-door 2wd

The Mini Countryman was introduced in the 2011 model year. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by BMW, the manufacturer of the Mini, as part of frontal crash test verification.

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

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1009
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 6
Left (cm) 5
Center (cm) 5
Right (cm) 10
Brake pedal (cm)
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 1
Rearward (cm) -1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1009
Head
HIC-15 168
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm) 30
Maximum Nij 0.21
Chest maximum compression (mm) 34
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.2
Femur force - right (kN) 0.4
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 2
Maximum tibia index - left 0.65
Maximum tibia index - right 0.56
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 52
Right 75

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2011-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Mini Countryman S 4-door 2wd with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Mini Countryman was introduced in the 2011 model year.

Rating applies to 2011-16 models

Tested vehicle:2011 Mini Countryman S 4-door 2wd

The Mini Countryman was introduced in the 2011 model year.

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 and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors 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 curtain airbag.

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

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES1103
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -16.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES1103
Head HIC-15 270
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Compression (kN) 0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 35
Lateral force (kN) 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 29
Average deflection (mm) 26
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.09
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.45
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.9
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.4
Combined force (kN) 4.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.0
L-M moment (Nm) 110
A-P moment (Nm) -34

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES1103
Head HIC-15 327
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.3
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 35
Lateral force (kN) 1.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 30
Average deflection (mm) 23
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.30
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.34
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.1
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.5
Combined force (kN) 2.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.7
L-M moment (Nm) 263
A-P moment (Nm) -71

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2011-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Mini Countryman 4-door 2wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 2,984 lbs
Peak force 14,829 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.97

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2011-16 models

Seat type: Standard Seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Standard Seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 12
Distance below top of head (mm) 12
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 15.1
Head contact time (ms) 46
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 8
Max neck tension (N) 380

Rating applies to 2011-15 models

Seat type: Sport Seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Sport Seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 16
Distance below top of head (mm) 13
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 14.6
Head contact time (ms) 47
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 6
Max neck tension (N) 439

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted