The real key to driver safety? Avoiding accidents altogether. That's why a MINI's world-famous handling and numerous Active Safety features help you steer clear of hazards and less nimble or distracted drivers.
And in the rare chance an accident is unavoidable? That's when a MINI's premium quality and dependable Passive Safety features leap into action. From an incredibly strong, protective frame to the advanced Crash Sensor System and dual-stage Smart Airbags that monitor driver and front passenger position, seatbelt use and impact severity to determine inflation rates. Our most advanced engineering goes into helping our passengers stay safe from harm.
Thanks to its high-strength steel front end and side panels, the rigid body of all MINIs reduces body torque, freeing the suspension to do what it does best - provide super-tight handling. A flex-free frame also reduces squeaks, rattles, vibrations and cabin noise. And the rigid body can withstand great forces, which means an increased margin of protection in the event of a crash.
In every MINI Hardtop, 8 total front and side airbags (2 front, 2 side-impacts in each front seat, 2 ceiling mounted side curtains, and 2 knee airbags) come standard and ready to engage when needed. ?smart? safety sensors are the key. (MINI Convertible, Coupe, and Roadster models are equipped with 4 airbags each, MINI Paceman and Countryman models are equipped with 7 airbags.) See, in a MINI, the airbags are constantly monitoring driver and front passenger position, seatbelt use and impact severity - and then determining airbag inflation rates accordingly. Also important to note is that the side-impact airbags are in the seat, rather than the typical spot, the door. That means the airbags move with you and will open in exactly the right spot- no matter where your seat is. The real innovation, though, are our side-curtain airbags. Set in the middle of the roof area on both sides, the gas charge deploys these large "air-pillows" from the center out, helping them to inflate evenly. The side-curtain airbags also stay inflated longer than conventional airbags, helping to prevent head or neck injuries that can commonly occur in multiple-impact collisions and help safeguard against flying glass.
With the latest generation of 4-sensor, anti-lock brakes a MINI helps you stop on a dime while remaining in complete control. MINI also comes standard with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) to automatically distribute brake force to different wheels depending on your MINI's current load and balance.
In the event of an accident, your MINI will act swiftly to initiate the Crash Sensor System and help minimize the risk of further danger. After an impact a MINI will automatically unlock the doors and turn on its interior and hazard lights. If the airbags have been deployed, your MINI will even automatically cut off the fuel pump, helping reduce the risk of a dangerous fire being started.
Having been proven to help cut down on accidents - our standard Dynamic Stability Control can be a Motorer's best friend. First, the system uses sensors to measure the steering angle, yaw and lateral acceleration to determine the direction you want to go. Then, if your MINI starts to stray, the DSC system kicks in by applying corrective brake pressure to individual wheels and adjusting engine torque.
In the event of a head-on collision, your MINI will take one for the team. The engine and gearbox are designed to absorb the impact and break away from their mounts, diverting them from the cockpit in a final act of selfless bravery.
Taking yet another step to combat the dreaded flat tire, Runflat tires feature reinforced sidewalls and heat resistant rubber to help them keep their shape, so you can still drive up to 80 miles at 50 MPH, even in the event of a flat. They're a no cost option on most MINI models.
It's standard. It's innovative. It's invaluable. All MINIs feature a Tire Pressure Monitor that'll alert you the moment tire pressure drops below a safe level in any of the 4 wheels. It's the ultimate way to nip trouble in the bud. The indicator light is located in your MINI's speedometer but can be deactivated once you've inflated the tires to the proper pressures.
All MINIs feature a 100% electronic throttle system that sends a pulse to the engine the instant you press the gas pedal for incredible response and precise control. The electronic throttle is also in constant communication with the anti-lock braking and stability control systems to actively enhance traction and control, and our brake override technology means that the brakes take precedence if both pedals are being pressed.
Our three point inertia reel seatbelts for every passenger in a MINI make sure that safety comes first. The front seatbelts have pretensioners and load limiters to maximize protection in the event of a collision while minimizing force to your head and chest.