Marcus De Guzman / Euro NCAP | June 07, 2017 12:11
All-new Mini Countryman gets top marks in crash, safety assist tests
The new-generation Mini Countryman has joined the roster of cars with a five-star safety rating. According to the Euro NCAP, the crossover performed in almost every aspect and comes with a plethora of advanced autonomous safety systems.
In the frontal offset test, the Countryman's shell remained intact, keeping the passengers safe inside. Dummy readings showed that both the driver and front passenger's legs and knees did not suffer any damage. Over to the full frontal width impact test, the driver was adequately protected. The rear passenger, on the other hand, has marginal chest protection.
The side barrier and side pole tests also showed good results for the 2017 Countryman. All critical areas of the occupants were kept safe and the Countryman returned with maximum protection points. Whiplash protection for the driver and all passengers were good as well.
Child occupancy crash tests in the 2017 Countryman returned high marks too. During the frontal offset impact test, dummy readings indicated good and adequate protection for both the ten- and six-year old dummies. The neck of the ten-year old dummy however only came back with marginal protection. Side impact and side pole tests came back with good results, reflecting the crossover's impressive side protection.
Helping boost the Countryman's safety ratings are the standard safety features like the autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and driver-set speed limitation system. According to the Euro NCAP, both safety assist systems worked well. Topping it all off are seatbelt reminders for both front and rear seats.
Pedestrian protection was equally good. The hood itself has sensors that lift it up should a pedestrian be struck by the car's front end. Euro NCAP noted however, that pelvis protection for pedestrians was poor. Other than that, leg protection for pedestrians was good.
The Mini Countryman used by Euro NCAP is a Cooper D model that comes with front driver and passenger airbags, belt pretensioner and load-limiter, side curtain airbags for both front and rear passengers, side chest and pelvis airbags for the driver and front passenger, and ISOFIX rear anchor seats.