With a full complement of safety gear, the MINI Cooper Countryman seems poised for high scores in both the federal and the insurance-industry crash tests to come.
The Countryman's standard safety equipment includes dual front, side and curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control; and tire pressure monitors. Rear parking sensors are available, but a rearview camera is not--and neither are fancy-tech frills like lane departure warnings, blind-spot monitors and adaptive cruise control.
Adaptive headlights can be ordered, though, and so can xenon headlamps, both for better visibility. The Countryman's high driving perch makes urban shuttling a snap already, though, and even to the rear corners, the visibility is quite good for a vehicle with thick rear pillars.
As of yet, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has crash-tested the Countryman. We'll update this information when results are published.