MINI Countryman earns the only good rating for small-overlap front crash protection

Article by Christian A., on August 8, 2014

Lithium ion batteries powering the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and Nissan Leaf EV managed to pass their first Insurance Institute for Highway Safety small-overlap front crash tests with no reported issues. While battery of the Leaf survived the small overlap test, it still scored a poor rating after getting significant damage that makes drivers gain left knee, thigh and lower leg injuries.

The Volt scored an acceptable rating in the small-overlap test. It went on its way to receive the institute's only Top Safety Pick+ overall award after this round of testing.

IIHS grants Top Safety Pick+ designation to a vehicle that has earned a good or acceptable rating in the small-overlap test; a good rating on the institute's other four tests; and advanced or superior ratings for front crash prevention.

The small overlap test determines how well vehicles handle 40-mph collisions wherein there is 25 percent frontal overlap with a five-foot-tall rigid barrier on the driver's side. According to IIHS, Electrified vehicles presented a "unique challenge" in safety testing because of their heavy batteries.

IIHS has tested 32 small cars for small-overlap front crash protection, with just 19 getting good or acceptable ratings. The rest received marginal or poor ratings. For the latest round of testing, the Mini Cooper Countryman earned the only good rating among 12 small cars evaluated.

The distinct look of the MINI Countryman comes from its proportions, four doors, ample tailgate, and distinctive roof form as well as a singular interpretation of the imprint's unique dimensions and style details.

In the all-new MINI Countryman, both elements that are specific to the model and hallmarks of the brand elements have added emphasis. The vertical front portion immediately communicates a strong presence, while a freshly designed framework of the distinct hexagon radiator grill further emphasises this effect. A lateral radiator grille rib with chrome finish in the all-new MINI Cooper S Countryman and the all-new MINI Cooper SD Countryman, together with a curved red "S" now aid to give the front a clean, pure expression to guarantee immediate recognition.

The new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman front features a red radiator grille rib accompanied by the John Cooper Works emblem. In every other model variant, two ribs now subdivide the radiator grille. In the MINI One Countryman and MINI One D Countryman, these have a high-glossed black finish, while the MINI Cooper Countryman and the MINI Cooper D Countryman have a matte silver finish.

The hearty yet adaptable character of the all-new MINI Countryman also has strong accents. Along with the all-wheel drive, ALL4, every visual underride guard components for the apron in the front and rear as well as for the side sill now come standard with the exception of the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman.

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