The Institute for Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced today that, following the usual tests performed on new cars, the MINI Hardtop 2-door model received the highest ranking possible, now being a ‘Top Safety Pick’. There’s a trick though, as the ranking is valid only if the car is fitted with the Active Driving Assistant and LED headlights, both of which are optional features which cost a pretty penny.

The 2019 MINI Hardtop 2 Door received a “Good” rating across a wide range of crash-worthiness tests, including “driver-side small overlap front”, “moderate overlap front”, “side, roof strength” and “head restraint” tests. When equipped with optional Active Driving Assistant that includes forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, the 2019 MINI Hardtop 2 Door nearly avoided a collision in the IIHS 12 mph track test.

In the 25 mph test, MINI’s Active Driving Assistant was able to reduce impact speed by an average of 7 mph. The system, which earns an “Advanced” rating, includes a forward collision-warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria. The car’s new, optional LED headlights earned an “Acceptable” rating, and come with High Beam and Low Beam Assist and cornering illumination that automatically dims the high beams in the presence of oncoming vehicles.

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