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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Five [says four below] stars in rollover ratings; no other ratings available
front side airbags
In safety tests performed so far, the 2008 MINI Cooper Convertible has received good ratings.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given the 2008 MINI Cooper Convertible a rating of four [says five above] stars for rollover protection.
Edmunds points out that all 2008 MINI Cooper Convertibles come with "anti-lock disc brakes and side airbags." The 2008 MINI Cooper Convertible S also comes with standard traction control. Stability control is an option on all versions, as are run-flat tires. The convertible Cooper MINI wears a fixed roll bar behind the rear seat.
Visibility is an issue when the Cooper MINI’s top is raised. “With the top up, the already limited rear view is further compromised by the headrests and roll bars, which create a U-shaped porthole view out back,” Car and Driver observes. “Top down, the view is much improved, but it can still be difficult to see over the folded roof.”
The 2008 MINI Cooper Convertible has a fair amount of standard safety gear, and early crash tests have been positive.