The MINI Countryman wasn’t tested by safety institutions but the parent company assures us that we’re dealing with a very safe vehicle. Truth is, the robust appearance it boasts really convinced us, although our test car wasn’t equipped with too many safety features.
All Countryman versions are offered as standard with front and side airbags, as well as side curtain airbags for the front and rear seats, plus three-point seatbelts with tensioners and belt force limiters for the front seats.
And the safety equipment list ends here. Still, if you’re looking to increase your confidence in the Countryman’s ability to protect the passengers, you should look onto the options list. There, you can find a long and detailed list of equipment which could make the Countryman as safe as a crossover should be. Or, if you excuse us, as safe as many other (cheaper) crossovers out there...
Last but not least, MINI says that the Countryman is really capable when talking about minimizing the impact consequences, with crumple zones and a powerful body cell especially optimized to protect the cabin. If you’re willing to read MINI’s marketing stories, here you are: „The external forces generated in a collision are diverted away from the passenger compartment to good effect via member structures in the floorpan and side frame, on the firewall and in the front and rear end of the car. This ensures that the impact energy is distributed between several different body components and transferred to the deformation zones