2016 Mini Cooper Earns Top Safety Pick+ Award | Edmunds

2016 Mini Cooper Earns Top Safety Pick+ Award

ARLINGTON, Virginia — The 2016 Mini Cooper subcompact hatchback earned the 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

It is on sale now at Mini dealerships.

The award applies only to two-door Mini Cooper Hardtop models built after November, when improvements were made to the side curtain airbags.

The car was redesigned for the 2014 model year.

"Soon after, it was put through most of the IIHS crashworthiness tests and earned good ratings," the Institute said in a statement on Friday. "Before the Institute had a chance to test the car for side protection, however, it failed a government side test, resulting in a recall.

"The Institute was only recently able to get a compliant vehicle to test."

Now, the 2016 Mini Cooper earned "good" crashworthiness ratings across the board, including a "good" side rating, from the Institute and an advanced rating for front crash protection.

The 2016 Mini Cooper two-door hatchback earned a four-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

It received four stars in the front, side and rollover crash tests performed by the federal government. Five stars is the highest rating.

The four-door version of the 2016 Mini Cooper has not been tested by NHTSA.

Standard safety features on the 2016 Mini Cooper include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, front knee airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Rear parking sensors and a rearview camera are optional.

Key Mini Cooper competitors include the Chevrolet Sonic, Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Veloster.

Edmunds says: Of the aforementioned competitors, the 2016 Mini Cooper is the only one to win the highest award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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