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The C30 performs as well as the S40, a vehicle Volvo touts as being as safe as its large sedans
The 2009 Volvo C30 is equipped with the latest safety equipment—a declaration that's not surprising given the Swedish automaker's history of making safety a top priority.
Consumer Guide reports that the Volvo C30 includes anti-lock four-wheel brakes, antiskid system, daytime running lights, and 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. Volvo's lane-departure warning system is optional.
Motor Trend notes that "in addition to the standard bevy of front, side and side-curtain airbags, the C30 protects with seatbelt pretensioners for all four seats, a whiplash protection system, a side-impact protection system, and dynamic stability traction control." Although the feds haven't yet crash tested the C30, Volvo claims that in its own crash testing, "the C30 performs as well as the S40, a vehicle Volvo touts as being as safe as its large sedans," Motor Trend adds.
The 2009 Volvo C30 is small, but not lacking in security.