It isn’t always easy to take home top safety awards, not with all of the government testing and regulations a vehicle needs to meet. While most manufacturers scrape by with meager scores, MINI isn’t one of them. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has some of the most advanced tests around, and they put cars through the wringer before bestowing the coveted “Top Safety Pick+” rating. Recently, when the 2016 MINI Cooper’s testing came back, MINI’s safety features proved their worth, earning this top safety rating with no trouble at all!
So, what does it take to earn this rating? Well, to become the best of the best, vehicles need good ratings in every category as well as a front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating. With the changes implemented in November 2015, the MINI Cooper’s side curtain airbags improved its side protection rating. The “Top Safety Pick+” award applies to the two-door hardtop models.
The MINI Cooper’s front crash prevention system avoided a collision entirely in three of five tests. It slowed to one to three mph in the other two tests. In faster tests, the impact speed dropped by around seven mph, effectively reducing the damage as a result of the crash.
We here at MINI of Pittsburgh couldn’t be prouder of the safety-oriented MINI Cooper Hardtop 2-Door. Come see one in person at our Pittsburgh MINI dealership and see just how safe, and fun, driving a MINI really is.