The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety just released their 2017 Top Safety Pick ratings and MINI makes the list. This year a new rating has been added; Top Safety Pick+. The new label includes new testing on improved vehicle headlights. The standard halogen headlights on the MINI Hardtop did not meet the requirements.
To qualify for 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK, a vehicle must earn good ratings in five crashworthiness tests — small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints — as well as an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.
MINI Hardtop Top Safety Pick
The MINI Hardtop successfully earned the standard IIHS Top Safety Pick as one of only two in the “minicars” category. It earned the rating back in march, but throughout a year of testing on one vehicle in the class came close to MINI’s ratings, the Toyota Yaris iA. The results are based on testing a 2016 MINI Cooper Hardtop (2-Door) and include optional Collision Warning with City Braking Function.
The new rating system is already making an impact on safety. The plus designation was added to increase night safety beyond government requirements. Several car brands have begun to include updated headlights as standard equipment. We expect to see LED headlights with better patterns to become standard equipment on more vehicles to meet IIHS goal.
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