The redesigned Countryman earned the status after rating ‘Good’ in all five IIHS crash tests and offering a new optional ‘Advanced’ crash avoidance system. The Countryman fell out of grace last year because it didn’t offer crash avoidance technology at all.
The new system is able to reduce collision speeds up to 7 mph in both the low 12 mph and high 25 mph tests. Meaning, less energy, and therefore less destruction, in the resulting crash.
The Countryman still has some work to do to make Top Safety Pick+ status. It failed to meet new IIHS headlight standards required for those top honors.
It only scored ‘Marginal’ in that category and that’s only with the optional upgrade LED headlights, the other headlights score ‘Poor’. IIHS testers report inadequate visibility at times with both the low and high beams. The low beams also created some glare.
You can see the full 2017 Countryman IIHS report here and also check out ratings since 2011 below.