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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
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slip control system worked great
Silly split rear doors block rearview
Car and Driver
Safety gear is up to par in the 2010 MINI Clubman. It gets six airbags as standard equipment, along with anti-lock brakes and stability control, and a hill-start feature that holds the vehicle in place when starting uphill. Traction control is an option. MyRide explains that the curtain side airbags "cover both seating rows" and points out the standard "tire-pressure monitor." Kelley Blue Book also notes that the Clubman's anti-lock brakes are augmented "with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist."
The MINI Cooper Clubman hasn't been crash-tested, but the similar MINI Cooper gets mostly four-star ratings from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) rates the similar MINI Cooper hatchback as "good" for front impacts and "acceptable" for side impacts.
Autoblog reviewers appreciate the capabilities of the stability control, proclaiming that the "MINI's slip control system worked great" during their test drive and "managed the speed of the individual wheels quietly without jerking the steering wheel around or even the car." Kelley Blue Book also reports that "Hill Start Assist is standard with manual transmission" versions of the 2010 MINI Cooper Clubman lineup.
The 2010 MINI Cooper Clubman has some issues with its design and the effect of outward visibility. MyRide reports "the line where the rear doors comes together is a bit of a distraction in the rearview mirror," while Car and Driver says that the "silly split rear doors block [the] rearview," and notes, "Doors like these have disappeared from everything but big vans for a reason."
No official crash-test scores are in, but the 2010 MINI Cooper Clubman appears to be a safe small-car choice.