2017 Mini Countryman Rated as Top Safety Pick by IIHS
Just Make Sure to Tick the Right Options
Mini’s new 2017 Countryman earned the designation of “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), thanks to optional equipment like its front crash prevention system.
The tests conducted by the IIHS include small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats. And aside from the 2016 Countryman, all iterations of Mini’s mini SUV have earned this IIHS designation.
The 2017 Mini Countryman, when equipped with the optional crash prevention system, could decelerate by 7 mph in both the low-speed 12 mph test and high-speed 25 mph test. The 2016 model lacked this safety feature, docking it down a few points.
While Mini’s new safety designation is impressive, even with all the optional equipment the Mini Countryman loses out on the coveted “Top Safety Pick+” designation, mostly because of its headlights.
What’s wrong with the Mini’s headlights? Well, according to the IIHS, its newer headlight evaluation category deemed the Countryman’s low beams as inadequate to provide proper illumination of the road. Further, the go-kart grocery getter lacks headlights that swivel and follow the road with steering input. The high beams are assistive, but they aren’t enough to earn Mini’s newest Mini a grade better than “marginal.”
The all-new 2017 Mini Countryman is offered in Cooper, Cooper All4, Cooper S, Cooper S E All4 plugin hybrid, and John Cooper Works models.