Crash Testing: MINI Cooper vs Ford F150

In this crash test a much smaller Mini^h^h^h^hMINI came off much better than a Ford pickup in a simulated 40mph crash. Look at how both cars crumpled! I wouldn’t like to be in that Ford.
Owen, you can get me a good deal on a new car then? 🙂

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14 thoughts on “Crash Testing: MINI Cooper vs Ford F150”

  1. You have to remember that the ford weighs at LEAST twice, possible even three times the mass of the cooper. Which in a crash is a whole shitload of inertia to stop. The engine is going to weigh close to a ton in one of those things I imagine, whilst the cooper probably only weighs about that much.

    Im not saying the Ford’s engineering ability shouldn’t be insulted for producing such a dangerous car. Merely that comparing it with a mini-cooper is a little bit apples to oranges due to the drastically different car designs overall between the two.

    The cooper looks at least twice as cool as the Ford anyway. Stupid SUVs.

  2. I sell MINI Coopers for a living. I can tell you the cars are incredibly safe, and as anyone who has popped the bonnet in one will testify, it’s incredible that your legs aren’t cut off in the event of a head on collision. There are *no* crumple zones in the MINI, in some variants the engine bay is so full that they’ve had to relocate the battery into the boot! And through all that they still have a 4 star NCAP safety rating. If the Ford does weigh more, it should have proportional brakes to compensate, and all the necessary crumple zones. There is no excuse for vehicles being poorly manufacturered anymore. This is the 21st century!

  3. This is not a good comparison at all… I thought it was until i read some of the posts about it. Too mnay people are judging the cars results based on irrelivent facts. The test was done without apllying the brakes and therefore makes the \”poor brakes\” comment totally irrelivent. Also, like Alex Stapleton said, the f-150 has much more inertia and will most likely cause whatever it hits to take a lot of the impact, unless it is firmly planted. There is no question which car is more fun or a better looking car, the mini cooper will when that arguement most of the time. In my opinion, this test is completely irrelivent and was obviulsy done to show how much better a mini is in this situation. When in reality, the two will never be compared by comsumers. The peron looking for a mini is NOT the same person looking for the F-150.

  4. I love these cars, I hope i get one for my sixteenth birthday a boy at me school recently got a 2005 mini cooper s and its awesome i have always loved these cars and its suprising that there safe there so little but that shows you what a great engineering job they did witht the mini

  5. The peron looking for a mini is NOT the same person looking for the F-150.

    I don’t know about that…..I have TWO F150s AND a MINI Cooper……

  6. OK everyone. Let me share some facts for you to help you understand this little issue. Did everyone get a chance to see the chart at the bottom? It showed the F150 having by far more casualties than any other vehicle listed. I would very easily believe that. However, here are some other stats for you to think about. The Ford F150 has been the best selling truck in America for 30 years now. That means there are more F150s sold every year than any other truck on the market. So if 7 out of ten people own F150s then there are going to be more reported deaths with that vehicle. “You said best selling truck. There are other cars on the list.” True! The F150 has not been the best selling vehicle all together for the last 30 years, just the best selling truck. It has been the best selling vehicle for the last 25 years! That’s right kids! 25 years at the top of the list. So if there are that many people buying F150s over all those import rat traps then there are going to be more reported deaths. No matter what you drive, anything is susceptible to an accident. If the majority are the same type of vehicle then that vehicle is going to get a bad rep. However, I have done to research and I own an F150 and I am VERY proud of it! And now you know the rest of the story.

  7. Consider some of the following:
    1) While the mass is significantly greater ( probably almost but not quite double the weight), the fact still is that there is also significantly greater distance ( MORE than double) from the front of the vehicle to the seated driver in the Ford and with that there is dramatically greater amount of metal and room for absorbing the impact.
    2) The F 150, when embarrassment (I suspect) and risk of suit/ multiple suits (as evidenced by extensive public records) compelled Ford to redesign it for safety, it suddenly became VERY SAFE in frontal impact. Mind you all, this still addresses/ accounts for only a fraction of the breathtakingly high fatality rate (the fatality RATE refers to the fatalities per X number of cars…thus, the fact that the f 150 has been on the road for 20 or 40 or even 100 years has NO bearing on lessening it gravity of its dubious distinction as on of the most dangerous passenger vehicles). The F-150 is a very poorly designed vehicle from th standpoint of its suspension and propensity to ROLL-OVER. ROLL-OVER accidents account for the MAJORITY of SUV fatalities. AND, THE FACT IS THAT BMW ALSO MAKES AN SUV, AND IT IS NO WHERE AS PRONE TO ROLL OVER.
    3) Given the fact that f-150’s have a propensity to roll over, Ford does not bother to create a structure that will resist collapse of the roof structure.
    4) Neither 3) nor 2) apply to the mini, as it has a low fatality RATE as compared to virtually any domestic SUV/ truck and it has a very low roll-over risk as compared to SUVs or other cars in its class.

    SO in summary, while the MINI would might not fare well in a head on collision with an F-150, its passengers are more likely to walk away from the impact than those of the F-150, and will fare FAR better than would an F-150 in a collision with a like sized vehicle or a stationary object. It is far less likely to roll over and it is far more likely to preserve the life of the occupants in the unlikely event that it does flip. All of this is INDISPUTABLE. How many cars of one is sold versus the other is IRRELEVANT as is that the two are totally different.

  8. A member of my family was just killed in one of those F(ucking) 150 deathtraps. Traveling on a slick snow covered road that was straight, level and dead flat, with flat clear open space either side of the road, no other traffic, at low speed, driven by a driver that has never had a accident or traffic ticket, suddenly spun out, flipped over and landed on it’s top breaking the neck and somehow blocking the airway of the passenger. The top did not collapse, nor the doors open. They said his head was caught somehow between the seat back and the top or side. The driver was uninjured.

  9. Wow that is just crazy, guess these Fords arent built that tough after all. Congrats to the Mini, and shame on Ford for performing so poorly on one of the best selling cars in the US.

    To think I always hear people worried about how unsafe the Mini is because of its size…

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