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2011 Volvo C30 Safety

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While the 2011 Volvo C30 includes all the usual safety equipment that we've come to expect, even in small hatchback models, over the past several years—like electronic stability control, side airbags, roll-sensing side-curtain bags, and anti-lock brakes—the C30 comes with a few more features that aren't so common.

The C30 includes Volvo's IDIS (Intelligent Driver Information System), which delays certain functions, such as a phone call when the driver is engaged in a more complicated maneuver (heavy braking, turning, and so on). A rear obstacle detection system is also available as an option. Other options not otherwise available in this class are a blind-spot alert system (Volvo's BLIS) and a lane-departure warning system.

Although the federal government hasn't crash-tested the C30, its safety looks to be one of the best, among small hatchbacks. It's an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick, earning a top 'good' rating in every test category, including the new roof strength test.

The 2011 Volvo C30 offers top-notch occupant protection, plus several features you won't find in any other hot hatches.

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