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MINI Cooper - Reliability & safety

The MINI Cooper hasn’t been tested by Euro NCAP, but MINI has a decent reputation for reliability

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability & safety Rating

3.5 out of 5

Price
£23,110 to £42,500
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Key standard safety features

Euro NCAP safety ratings

  • Traffic-sign recognition
  • Lane-keep assist with emergency stop function
  • Park assist with a reversing camera
  • Cruise control
  • Euro NCAP safety rating - N/A

The latest MINI Cooper hasn’t gone through Euro NCAP’s safety tests yet, but there’s more safety kit than ever on this generation, including the likes of automatic emergency braking, traffic-sign recognition and lane-keep assist, so we’d be optimistic about its chances of a full five-star rating. Other optional features include MINI’s Park Assistant Plus, the ability to unlock the car via a smartphone, and a remote 360-degree monitoring system that can be accessed through MINI’s own app.

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It’s hard to give a reliability rating for a model that’s all new, including its powertrain and platform. But MINI customers in general seem pretty happy with their vehicles’ performance and reliability; the brand generally posts a respectable ranking in our Driver Power owner-satisfaction survey.

Warranty 

While the three-year duration of the MINI’s manufacturer’s warranty is nothing special, the unlimited mileage part is at least a step on from some cars in this class. It can’t match the seven-year warranty offered by MG, though.

The battery pack has a separate eight-year or 100,000-mile warranty, which guarantees that its capacity won’t drop below 70 per cent state of charge during the warranty period. If it does, the pack will be replaced.

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John started journalism reporting on motorsport – specifically rallying, which he had followed avidly since he was a boy. After a stint as editor of weekly motorsport bible Autosport, he moved across to testing road cars. He’s now been reviewing cars and writing news stories about them for almost 20 years.

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