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MINI Countryman hybrid reliability & safety

Good crash-test results and low fault rates bode well, but you'll have to pay extra for extra safety systems

Rating
Reliability & safety Rating
Euro NCAPAdult protectionChild protectionSafety assist
5 stars (2017)90%80%51%

MINI shares much of its technology with its BMW parent company, so there's little for buyers to worry about when it comes to either reliability or safety. Strong Euro NCAP ratings and an impressively low rate of reported faults in the Driver Power survey bode well for prospective Countryman owners.

MINI Countryman hybrid reliability & problems

The MINI brand didn't fare terribly well in the 2020 Driver Power owner survey, finishing 26th out of 30 manufacturers. Existing owners cited poor practicality and fiddly infotainment systems; it's reassuring however, that only 8% of owners had reported faults; over 20% of BMW drivers had experienced issues with their cars.

It's a shame that the Countryman PHEV's battery is only covered by the car's standard three-year warranty, however, especially when you consider that many rivals offer a much longer battery warranty.

Safety

While the facelifted model has yet to be tested, the outgoing car achieved the full five-star score in Euro NCAP crash tests, with individual results of 90% for adult occupant protection and 80% for child occupants. It's a shame that you can't have a space-saver spare wheel, as the batteries take up the space in the boot. You also have to pay extra for a reversing camera (sensors are standard), adaptive cruise control (a normal system is standard fit), traffic-sign recognition and lane-keeping assistance.

Still, there are eight airbags as standard in addition to the compulsory anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control. Also standard are autonomous emergency braking and a bonnet that pops up slightly in a pedestrian collision to help cushion the impact.

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