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MINI hatchback - Reliability & safety

The MINI Hatch should prove to be more reliable than the old one thanks to huge investment from BMW

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4.8 out of 5

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MINI hatchback reliability

The MINI hatchback was rated slightly above average for reliability in our 2018 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey of cars currently on sale in the UK. Of the owners who responded, just 10.5% reported experiencing a problem with their car in the first year, with the most common issue regarding the interior trim. It didn’t appear on our list in 2019, but MINI finished in 18th place on our list of 30 manufacturers; 16.5% of all MINI owners reported a fault within the first year of ownership.


The MINI Hatch received four out of five stars when it was crash-tested by Euro NCAP. Despite missing out on a perfect score, it is stronger than the car it replaced and features a bonnet that pops up to help protect pedestrians. Adult protection was rated at 79%, child protection at 73% and pedestrian protection at 66%, with a 56% score for safety assist.

In terms of safety equipment, the MINI Hatch boasts six airbags, ISOFIX child-seat mounts front and rear, a passenger airbag deactivation switch, a tyre-pressure-monitoring system and various electronic systems to improve stability and grip.

All MINIs come as standard with MINI Teleservices and MINI eCall, which monitor the car's state and can alert the emergency services if the car is involved in an accident.

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