Despite the racier image of the C30, Volvo's reputation for top-notch safety isn't betrayed in any way. In typical Volvo fashion, safety equipment is abundant, with side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, and stability control standard; 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." Road & Track calls the available Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) "spiffy."
ConsumerGuide notes 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.
Although the federal government hasn't crash-tested the C30, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given the C30 its top "good" rating in each of its tests, along with its Top Safety Pick designation, which few small cars have typically earned.