Since we're talking about a Volvo, the C30 should theoretically excel at this particular chapter. And obviously, the car doesn't disappoint at all. The safety equipment available on the C30 Momentum includes curtain airbags, ABS, EBA, DSTC, SIPS bags, driver and front passenger airbags and Volvo's Whiplash Injury Prevention System (WHIPS).
One thing that we found pretty annoying was the seatbelt audio warning that is automatically turned on once the car starts moving. At first, all you hear is a short beep but, as the driver increases speed, the friendly sound turns into a disturbing warning that gets on your nerves in a matter of seconds. We're not exactly sure if this is the right way to convince a driver to fasten the seatbelt but, after a few minutes of swearing, the only way to make it stop is to indeed wear the seatbelt.
Just as expected, the new C30 scored the maximum five-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash tests. According to the official results, the car reacted pretty well to the impacts, with the steering-wheel moving forward to protect the drivers. The car lost some points however due to the head curtain airbags that was prevented from deploying by the rear seat child restraint system. Pedestrian protection is not so good though. Euro NCAP says the bonnet received only a poor rating for the safety of pedestrians' heads, but the front bumper managed to achieve a "fair" rating.
The United States' Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the C30 a "Good" rating, after scoring the same in all head/neck, chest, leg and restraints tests.Continue reading