The IIHS Crash Tests the 2009 Cooper

The IIHS recently finished its side-impact crash testing of the 2008-2009 MINI Cooper. Below is an extensive look at the testing with both exterior and interior mounted video cameras. Overall the car got an “A” or acceptable rating – not bad for a small car. However when you look closer at the ratings you’ll see the MINI got pretty much all “G” ratings (as high as it gets) except for two categories: rear passenger torso and driver leg categories.

+ MINI Cooper test results / IIHS

Written By: MF Staff

  • that.guy

    I’ve found my torso and legs to be pretty important parts of my body…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=780739777 Chris Harte

    Looks like fun!

  • Adam

    “Not bad for a small car” isn’t accurate. Small cars are tested against other small cars:

    “Test results can be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.”

  • CraigE
    “Not bad for a small car” isn’t accurate. Small cars are tested against other small cars: “Test results can be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.”

    Umm…No. You may want to read their description of the testing method before saying such things. The frontal offset test uses a mass based on the vehicle tested. The side impact test uses a sled of standard dimension and mass.

  • Kennedy

    Adam -

    Not completely true. You CANNOT compare frontal crashes across vehicle weights, but you CAN make comparisons of the side impact test performance.

    This is because for frontal crashes, you are testing a car crashing into a deformable, semi-rigid barrier. The car being tested is the only thing moving, so the crash energy is directly proportional to vehicle weight.

    For side impact crash tests, all vehicles are tested against the exact same side impact test “vehicle” run at the same exact speed. So the same exact test energy is used, no matter how big/small the vehicle being tested is.

    Doesn’t change the results that there is room for improvement for the MINI (which has a pretty strong crash performance record in the real-world), and it doesn’t change physics of a frontal crash… But I can also compare the MINI to a 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee (in side impact) if I want. (Incidentally the Jeep was rated marginal.)


  • Ben

    So…that’s after July 2008. Mine was made in April. Where does that leave me? Do I spontaneously combust?

  • Sideways

    9…9.5…9…10…9…And we are still awaiting scoring from the RUSSIAN judge…

  • Adam

    Wasn’t trying to troll; I am very impressed with the results. :)

  • Chad

    Yeah, wonder what the pre-July cars do… Why was the change made?

  • Ralph

    That’s interesting… changes to the SAB and still bad for the torso…

    See EuroNcap’s test for the 07 model: http://www.euroncap.com/tests/bmw_mini_2007/288.aspx

    Lacks description, but should be somewhat similar…

    Should be somewhat comparible to gen 1’s description as well: http://www.euroncap.com/tests/bmw_mini_2002/112.aspx

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