MINI Hardtop Awarded TOP SAFETY PICK by the IIHS

Official Release: MINI USA is pleased the 2019 MINI Hardtop 2 Door has earned a 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK award by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The MINI Hardtop earns this designation when equipped with Active Driving Assistant and newly available LED headlights.

The 2019 MINI Hardtop 2 Door received a “Good” rating across a wide range of crashworthiness tests, including “driver-side small overlap front”, “moderate overlap front”, “side, roof strength” and “head restraint” tests.

When equipped with optional Active Driving Assistant that includes forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, the 2019 MINI Hardtop 2 Door nearly avoided a collision in the IIHS 12 mph track test. In the 25 mph test, MINI’s Active Driving Assistant was able to reduce impact speed by an average of 7 mph. The system, which earns an “Advanced” rating, includes a forward collision-warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.

The car’s new, optional LED headlights earned an “Acceptable” rating, and come with High Beam and Low Beam Assist and cornering illumination that automatically dims the high beams in the presence of oncoming vehicles.

“The MINI Hardtop 2 Door is the most recognizable premium small car on the road today and represents the core of our brand,” said Thomas Felbermair, Vice President MINI of the Americas. “We are excited to earn the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK award, which further validates that MINI offers impressive levels of safety and fun in a small package!

To earn the 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK award, a vehicle must have “Good” ratings in all IIHS crashworthiness tests except the recently introduced passenger-side test. Other requirements are a front-crash-prevention system that earns an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating, and headlights that earn an “Acceptable” or “Good” rating.

  • MikeUK

    Maybe I’m being overly critical, but this doesn’t jump out as a particularly good report for MINI. It could just be the wording, but I don’t think reading this would make me think MINI was all that safe.

    Small cars have a hard enough time as it is to push their safety aspects and convince people that you won’t get squashed by something bigger. For the money I’d expect to see more words like “advanced” or “Superior” in a “Premium” brand.

    It wouldn’t put me off (having owned so many old Mini’s it’s hard to be worried by such things), but surely the general public would be.

  • Steven Strain

    I totaled my 2017 Cooper S. It’s quite an expensive little car to fix. Being a lease it was sent over to the BMW factory authorized repair center. To my surprise there’s only like four factory authorized repair centers in all of Southern Califotnia.

    I knew it would cost a premium to fix the car but I was a little shocked when the estimate hit $18,000. Just glad my insurance declared it a loss..

    Sturdy little car but definitely it’ll cost you a kidney if you hit a guardrail.