Mini Coopers are quirky and can be fun to drive, whether drivers own the classic two-door version, or the more practical version with four doors. The base model of the Mini Cooper features a 3-cylinder, turbocharged engine that can sound a little gravelly sometimes, and has a 31 mpg fuel efficiency with the automatic six-speed. The nicer-sounding and more powerful Cooper S gets 30 mpg with the manual six-speed and has turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. All versions of the Cooper are fun to drive with sporty and nimble handling. However, road noise can often be noticeable and the ride can be rather firm. The backseat is also small, and the control can take some getting used to depending on the car you’re used to driving.
The real key to safety when driving is avoiding accidents. This is where the Mini Cooper comes in. The car is able to help you better avoid potential accidents through its great handling, as well as several Active Safety features. The vehicle also has features in place just in case you aren’t able to entirely avoid an accident. Mini Coopers come with predictive brakes, a good airbag system, a protective frame, and other aspects designed to make your vehicle safer in case an accident is unavoidable.
Stated by 12 Volt Solutions, the Mini Cooper features an ultra-rigid body frame. The extremely strong body frame of the Mini Cooper allows the car’s suspension to provide super-tight handling, as well as reduces body torque. The vehicle’s flex-free frame reduces cabin noise, vibrations, rattles, and squeaks as well.
Smart airbags are also one of the key safety features in the Mini Cooper. The vehicle features up to eight side-impact, front, side-curtain, ceiling-mounted, and knee airbags that monitor the severity of collision and adjust inflation rates to help protect the passengers and driver with as much force as needed. In more extreme collision cases, the air bags will remain inflated longer to protect the driver and passengers from shattered glass.
IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded the 2015 MINI Countryman the Top Safety Pick for the fifth year in a row.
IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+
The 2016 MINI Hardtop 2 Door has been named Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when equipped with optional front crash prevention on models built after November 2015.
When you think of cars known for being safe, vehicles such as large SUVs and Volvos are typically the first types of cars that come to mind for the majority of people. Due to the smaller size of the Mini Cooper, they aren’t usually considered by many people to be that safe, and certainly not on the same level as the previously mentioned vehicles. Recently, however, the myth of the Mini Cooper being an unsafe car has been proven untrue. The Mini Cooper has recently received top marks for safety from the IIHS.
Since cars like the Mini Cooper generally possess the stigma that they are unsafe, the fact that the Mini Cooper has scored so well with IIHS is fairly big news. The Mini Cooper, as well as other cars like it, have even been known to be called “death traps” due to their small size. This, however, doesn’t take the vehicle’s modern safety technology into consideration. Many drivers hold the ratings of IIHS in pretty high regard when they’re trying to choose which car to buy, so hopefully the myth of the Mini Cooper being unsafe will finally be dispelled.
In 2016, the Hardtop Two-Door Mini Cooper scored a “Good” rating in all five of the IIHS’ crash tests. This is the highest rating vehicles can receive. Thanks to the Mini Cooper’s optional forward collision warning that features auto-braking, the car also received an “Advanced” rating for front crash prevention. The Mini Cooper was able to avoid a collision on its during three out of the five tests. During the other two IIHS safety tests, the vehicle was able to slow town to a mere 1 to 3 miles per hour, making the collision far gentler. The Mini Cooper also scored “Good” ratings in all of its Small Front Overlap test, which is usually the hardest test for a vehicle to pass. The Mini Cooper passed the test with flying colors which is impressive, especially for a car so small in size.
The Mini Cooper was a British icon during the 1960’s, and was considered the twentieth century’s second most influential car after the Ford Model T. Since its beginnings in 1959, the Mini Cooper has went through many variations, but has always retained its iconic shape. With these variations including a convertible, a sports version, and more, the car has always been fast and fun.
In order for the Mini Cooper to remain in good working condition and be ready for the next adventure, it’s important to stay current with its maintenance schedule. The specific year of the Mini Cooper will result in a small change in how drivers should go about knowing when their car should be serviced for regular maintenance. Older models of the Mini Cooper need regular maintenance at specific intervals of mileage. Newer Mini Cooper models, however, will let the driver know when maintenance needs to be done on the vehicle.
There are three main types of regular maintenance for the Mini Cooper that are recommended as part of the vehicle’s maintenance schedule: Oil Change, Inspection I, and Inspection II. It’s recommended to alternate between the three types of maintenance. For example, first do the Oil Change, then Inspection I, then Oil Change again, then Inspection II, and repeat. Following this maintenance schedule will ensure that your Mini Cooper stays running at its optimal performance.
Driving and operational conditions can significantly affect the regular maintenance requirements of the Mini Cooper. The amount of distance traveled with the vehicle is one important factor. If the car is used for short trips within the city with several cold starts, longer periods of idling, and stop and go driving, may require maintenance at more frequent intervals than a vehicle that is driven long distances at moderate engine speeds.