• Mar 7, 2011
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The 2011 Mini Countryman has been declared a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, after receiving a 'good' rating in front, side, rear and rollover tests. IIHS also cited the Countryman's standard electronic stability control as a deciding factor in giving it the nod.

The Mini Countryman sports driver and passenger front air bags, side curtain air bags and seat-mounted torso air bags. There's also an airbag in the lower dashboard on the passenger side to help prevent knee injuries in head-on impacts.

In the side impact test, IIHS again determined that the risk of injury to the driver was low, but that the passenger risked a fractured femur. Despite that, risk to the rest of the body was low.



Photos copyright ©2011 Steven J. Ewing / AOL

[Source: IIHS]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd rather have a B18 powered Classic Mini!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Have you driven one? Seen one in person? I think you might be positively surprised. I was, especially in the context of needs of decent sized 4 door car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        My mother has an '09 Cooper S Works and she had an old Mini when I was a kid. I have not been in a new Countryman, nor do I want to be.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Mini Paceman concept turned me on to these larger Minis.

      It isn't at the top of my list, but I kind of thought it might be cool to have a Paceman for winter slogging, and carrying a slight amount of household-grade cargo, which would allow me to otherwise keep a completely impractical RWD sports car.

      But then I read up on it. Low power for a pressurized engine, and marginal-at-best AWD system.

      No Thanks. I hope Mini builds the Paceman, in addition to the countryman... and that less particular people than myself buy it... so that maybe Subaru could build an actually competent Outback Sport or something to compete with it, and have a properly upgraded engine and highly competent drivetrain.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Saw my first Countryman this weekend.

      It is a really, really ugly little car.

      • 3 Years Ago
      Why does anybody care what the Insurance Lobby thinks of any vehicle? NHTSA does the real unbiased testing, folks.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Oh if it were only so simple to ignore the IIHS on the basis that they're funded by the insurance industry. I drive an Audi A3, and the NHTSA hasn't tested that car at all, despite it being out several years. Same with the BMW 1-Series and the Volvo C30. The NHTSA, being a government organization whose director is appointed by the President, --surely-- couldn't be biased against non-American cars, could they? Naaaahhhhhhh.

        That leaves the IIHS as my only option for crash safety information. They have it listed as a "top safety pick", which is good for me, I guess.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @warren

        My apologies for you not being able to afford an A4.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Anyone who thinks there is some pro-American (much less anti-import) bias in our Federal government, obviously didn't bother to watch the Senate hearings in 2008. Watching two of the three US-based manufacturers de-pantsed and ridiculed all over the floor was one of the most humiliating moments of the past decade.

        And no, to address the point directly, there is no import/American bias going on at NHTSA.
      • 3 Years Ago
      if the car is 6 ft wide its usually quite safe. easy money for "mini" eh?
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's one fugly mini. Too American looking. Like an Escalade's bastard child.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Seen one in person yet? Or are you in the woods still thinking this is the apocalypse?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd rather have a better-looking and more practical car that was slightly less safe thank you; this is one seriously ugly car, as only the Germans know how to style...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wouldn't expect anything less from MINI (& BMW)

      For those who want small, agile, practical cars, this is the kind of result/news we want. Besides, this Countryman is actually quite a fun car and great to look at. All4 is only for those living in the snowy regions as it adds improved traction at the cost of added weight and lose of slight efficiency - this is not a performance all wheel drive.

      I had one for a weekend, and FWD Cooper S is more than enough to have lots of fun on the road with practically of 4 doors and a bit more room, first for MINI brand.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love it!! But aren't all vehicles federally mandated to include some form of stability control?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes, and the Juke (the Countryman's nemesis) also scored 5-stars on the IIHS tests.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Isn't the Countryman bigger than the Juke? Not to mention, less ugly as the devil's face?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Correction: Juke was tested by NCAP. It hasn't been tested by IIHS yet.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Safe my ... Pull out in front of an F150 and see how safe...maybe if hit by another mini...
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