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On Safety
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$17,550
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MSRP
$19,500
On Safety
Mediocre test scores put the 2012 MINI Cooper on less-than-stellar ground for safety, but its dynamic handling and standard passive safety features should still instill a sense of ease.
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Not yet rated; five-star rollover.
NHTSA

Frontal impact: "Good"; Side impact: "Acceptable"; Roof strength: "Acceptable"
IIHS

In Edmunds braking, various Mini Cooper S models with 17-inch wheels stopped from 60 mph between 112 and 115 feet -- excellent results.
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The IIHS scores the 2012 MINI Cooper its top rating of "good" in front-impact crash testing, but only "acceptable" in side impacts. Roof strength likewise receives an "acceptable" score. The NHTSA hasn't fully tested the 2012 Cooper, but gives it a five-star mark for rollover resistance.

Despite the lukewarm scores, the MINI Cooper comes standard with a strong set of safety features, including six airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability control, and hill-start assist.

Optional safety upgrades include xenon headlamps, parking sensors, and run-flat tires (which are standard on the Cooper S).

Conclusion

Mediocre test scores put the 2012 MINI Cooper on less-than-stellar ground for safety, but its dynamic handling and standard passive safety features should still instill a sense of ease.

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