2017 MINI Countryman wins more safety accolades

Top Safety Pick rating in U.S.

The already five-star ANCAP safety rated MINI Countryman has just won more safety accolades in the U.S.

The new-generation model, launched in Australia in March, was handed the maximum ANCAP rating in May.

Now comes a Top Safety Pick rating in the U.S. for the impressive new MINI model - an offering we’ve mentioned as a possible 2017 Car of the Year contender.

The independent, non-profit scientific and educational organization - the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), said the Countryman earns the designation when equipped with the optional front crash prevention system.

IIHS says the MINI scored good crashworthiness ratings across the board, including the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests.

MINI USA Vice President, Thomas Felbermair, welcomed the acknowledgment.

“The new MINI Countryman is not only the best equipped MINI we’ve ever sold, but it’s also the most technologically advanced and most versatile model we’ve ever offered,”

“We have seen strong demand for the Countryman since it went on sale back in March and we are thrilled to be able to add the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK award to the growing list of reasons why people head to their local dealer and take a test drive.”

Read the ANCAP crash test report for the new MINI Countryman and check out our most recent review of the Countryman.

Stay up to date with all the latest MINI News at behindthewheel.com.au.

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