It’s become kinda irrelevant reporting EuroNCAP test results these days, as almost all new European cars get maximum 5-star safety rating. Still, it’s good if you want to know how a particular make did in a particular test, for example children or pedestrian safety. In Mini Countryman’s case, it scored 84 and 83 percent in adult and child safety, which are pretty good. The pedestrian and safety assist ratings were a bit lower.
In the frontal collision at a speed of up to 64 km/h, which forms part of the Euro NCAP crash test, the passenger cell of the MINI Countryman proved to be extremely stable. Irrespective of the size and sitting position of the passengers, only a slight risk of injury was detected. The MINI Countryman earned the maximum number of points for occupant protection in a side-on collision, while the testers also rated the risk of injury to the cervical vertebrae in a rear-end collision as low.
The crash test results were just as positive when it came to the use of seat systems for three-year-old and 18-month-old children. Both in the frontal and the side-on collision, a stable position and minimal head movements at the moment of impact were registered in each case.
Apart form the carefully engineered bodyshell, the Countryman also comes with a range of safety features including front and side airbags, curtain head airbags covering both rows of seats, three-point inertia-reel seatbelts for all seats and ISOFIX child seat attachments in the rear.
In terms of active safety, the car comes with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), which is fitted as standard. This system comprises not only ABS anti-lock brakes but also Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Brake Assist and Hill Assist. The MINI Countryman also has a runflat indicator as a standard feature. This system monitors the tyres and uses a visual signal in the on-board computer display to alert the driver to any tyre damage.