Good crashworthiness ratings and an optional advanced-rated front crash prevention system have earned the redesigned Mini Countryman the 2017 Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Like the earlier version of the Countryman, the new model has good ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests.
The redesigned car’s optional front crash prevention system earns an advanced rating. In IIHS track tests at 12 and 25 mph, the system mitigated a collision, reducing the impact speed by 7 mph in both tests.
The Countryman missed out on the ‘Plus’ award because its available headlights are rated marginal and poor. Good or acceptable headlights are required for the higher award.