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Mini logo1 Jul 2002

By BRUCE NEWTON

IF there is one huge generational change that exemplifies new Mini versus old, it is in safety. The latest body crumple zone technologies and six airbags helped deliver a four-star Euro NCAP rating, while the old car struggled to achieve one. The strong body - which BMW says is two to three times stronger than its competitors - is backed up by a plethora of safety aids like ABS, EBD and CBC.

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Euro NCAP testing found that the Mini's structure stood up well in the offset frontal impact, but that knees were vulnerable and the driver's head hit the steering wheel. The Mini scored 74 per cent out of a possible 100, while in the same test it was matched by the Opel Corsa (sold here as the Holden Barina) and beaten by the Volkswagen Polo, which scored 82 per cent

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