The S80 has an excellent safety record going many years back, and the 2010 version is no exception.
The 2010 S80 retains top "good" ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in every category—including the new roof-crush test—and is named a Top Safety Pick.
Front, side, and curtain airbags, as well as anti-lock brakes and stability control, are standard. In addition to all the usual accident avoidance and occupant safety items such as front, side, and side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control, a new system primes the brakes before an accident; blind-spot detectors send audible alerts. There’s also Volvo’s Personal Car Communicator, a keyfob-connected in-car sensor that tells you if your security system has detected a break-in—or even a heartbeat. Kelley Blue Book reports the Volvo S80 has, as standard safety features, "anti-whiplash (WHIPS) and side-impact protection (SIPS) systems, Dynamic Traction and Stability Control, anti-lock disc brakes with Electronic Brake Assistance and front, front-side and side-curtain airbags."
J.D. Power notes that the S80 offers additional protection for occupants in the event of a collision with "a transversely mounted inline-6 powerplant—an uncommon engine arrangement, but a necessary contributor to the high safety ratings the S80 earned." ConsumerGuide is impressed by the optional adaptive cruise control with radar assist that "can ready maximum braking force if a collision is imminent." Edmunds praises the 2009 Volvo's optional Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), which "uses warning lights mounted on the A-pillars to alert the driver when another vehicle pulls up in the S80's blind spot."
Cars.com reports that the Volvo S80 continues this tradition with "breakthrough safety gizmos we hadn't seen until very recently." MotherProof explains that "since the early 1970s, a Volvo Traffic Accident Research Team has been on call 24 hours a day to immediately respond to the site of Volvos involved in an accident within their immediate vicinity." The reviewer appreciates the importance placed on collecting "data on how the vehicles performed in real-world crashes, including researching police and medical records in conjunction with the accident."