Mini Cooper safety ratings

Mar 2007 - Current (dual front + side + curtain airbags)

About this test

The right-hand-drive European Mini Cooper was tested by Euro NCAP. 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

3 Dr Hatch
1.6 litre
Kerb weight:
1140 kg
Small Car
Vehicles built:
Dual front + side + curtain airbags
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ANCAP safety

Good score:  33 out of 37

5 Stars. The Mini Cooper scored 13.02 out of 16 in the offset crash test. The passenger compartment held its shape well. Protection from serious leg injury was marginal for the driver. The vehicle scored 14.49 out of 16 in the side impact crash test. There was moderate risk of serious chest injury for the driver. A further 2 points were scored in the optional pole test and 3 points for seat belt reminders.

Frontal offset crash test

Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head/neck 4pts, chest 3.6pts, upper legs 2pts, lower legs 3.42pts. The passenger compartment held its shape well in the offset crash test. The brake pedal moved rearwards by 92mm. The clutch pedal moved upwards 49mm. The steering wheel hub moved forwards 11mm, upwards 5mm and sideways 24mm. The front ("A") pillar moved 24mm rearwards. All doors remained closed during the crash. After the crash tools were required to fully open the driver's door. The airbag cushioned the head of the driver and contact was stable. Steering column and dash 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 2.49pts, abdomen 4pts, pelvis 4pts. The vehicle was eligible for an optional pole impact test, since it had head-protecting side airbags and scored four points for the head in the side impact test. The manufacturer decided to go ahead with the pole test and the vehicle earned a further two points.

Side danger map

Pedestrian safety


Child head impacts: 6.49. Adult head impacts: 7.50. Upper leg impacts: zero. Lower leg impacts: zero. Total (out of 36): 13.99