BMW Mini safety ratings

Jul 2002 - Jun 2006 (front, side & head airbags)

About this test

The left-hand-drive European model was tested by EuroNCAP. Australasian specifications may vary and therefore models sold in Australasia might provide different levels of protection to those described on this page.

About the test vehicles

2 Dr Hatch
1.6 Litre
Kerb weight:
1130 kg
Small Car
Vehicles built:
Frontal, Side & Head Airbags
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ANCAP safety

Acceptable score:  27 out of 37

The BMW Mini scored 10.19 out of 16 in the offset crash test. The passenger compartment held its shape well. Protection from serious upper leg injury was marginal for the driver. Chest and upper leg protection was marginal for the passenger. The vehicle scored 14.38 out of 16 in the side impact crash test. A further 2 points were earned in the optional pole test.

Frontal offset crash test

Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head/neck 3pts, chest 2.1pts, upper legs 2pts, lower legs 3.09pts. The passenger compartment held its shape well in the offset crash test. The brake pedal moved rearwards by X14mm and downwards 29mm. The steering wheel hub moved forwards 13mm, upwards 2mm and sideways 32mm. The front ("A") pillar moved 35mm rearwards. The width of the driver's doorway shortened by 32mm. All doors remained closed during the crash. After the crash all doors could be opened with normal effort. The airbag cushioned the head of the driver but it bottomed out. Vehicle components were a potential source of injury for the driver's knees. The passenger's head was cushioned by the airbag.

Front danger map

Side impact crash test

Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head 4pts, chest 2.38pts, abdomen 4pts, pelvis 4pts. The vehicle was eligible for an optional pole impact test, since it had head-protecting side airbags as an option in Europe. The manufacturer decided to go ahead with the pole test and the vehicle earned a further two points.

Side danger map

Pedestrian safety


7.92 points out of 36. Child head impacts 1.93pts; Adult head impacts 2pts; Upper leg 4pts and lower leg impacts 0pts.