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).
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.