2017 MINI Countryman Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The 2017 MINI Countryman has earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick award, but its headlights caused it to miss out on the coveted Top Safety Pick+ distinction.

The all-new 2017 MINI Countryman missed out on the Top Safety Pick+ award as its available headlights were rated marginal and poor. In order to receive the higher award this year, a vehicle must have good or acceptable headlights.

But the compact model did receive good crashworthiness ratings across the board, while the optional front crash prevention system received an advanced rating.

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In IIHS crash tests at 12 and 25 mph, the system mitigated a collision, reducing the impact speed by 7 mph in both tests.

The 2017 MINI Countryman is available in Cooper, Cooper ALL 4, Cooper S, Cooper S ALL 4, Cooper S E ALL4 plug-in hybrid electric and John Cooper Works performance variants. The new model went on sale in March 2017.

“The new MINI Countryman is not only the best equipped MINI we’ve ever sold, but it’s also the most technologically advanced and most versatile model we’ve ever offered,” said Thomas Felbermair, Vice President MINI of the Americas. “We have seen strong demand for the Countryman since it went on sale back in March and we are thrilled to be able to add the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK award to the growing list of reasons why people head to their local dealer and take a test drive.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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