The new Mini Cooper has been given a five-star rating in a Euro Ncap crash test â€“ the highest assessment a vehicle can receive.
According to the manufacturer, this achievement stands alongside the model’s "superior safety, gutsy engines, razor-sharp steering and a finely-tuned chassis".
The test results showed that risk to occupants was minimal in head-on and side-on collisions.
Child safety tests were also carried out and, according to Mini, the results were "exemplary".
A number of modifications have been made to the new Mini in order to make it a safer product, including a 60mm lengthening to meet pedestrian impact regulations.
The car also includes six airbags, three-point inertia reel seatbelts on all four seats and Isofix child-seat fastening systems in the back.
Mini’s new models already look set to be popular within the marketplace, with the recently launched Mini One achieving over 1,600 sales in less than a week.