The MINI Coupe took advantage of the fact that it is a... coupe and skipped the Euro NCAP tests, so we don’t have any exact data for this chapter.
However, if we take a look at some of its close relatives, the “standard” MINI and the MINI Countryman, things look bright. The first received a five-star safety rating, but this was tested using the pre-2009 rating, but we can switch to the Countryman for more relevance, as this was bashed against the wall using the new Euro NCAP rules. It manage to earn five stars, so things are looking good.
The MINI Coupe Cooper S isn’t the kind of car that offers tons of grip - it lets go sooner than other contemporary vehicles, but it is not unsafe in any way. This car is a toy and will invite you to play, but, if you get it wrong, its front-wheel-drive will be forgiving.
The vehicle is also very communicative, so you’ll constantly be aware of what the car is doing. It somehow manages to balance safety with a “fun to drive” character. This means that you can push things pretty far without risking to hurt anything else than your ego.Continue reading