Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Volvo has a superb record for safety and Volvo C30 safety is as impressive as its other models. In official Euro NCAP crash tests it was awarded the maximum five stars for adult protection, as well as an impressive four stars for child safety. Under the new stricter Euro NCAP regulations, introduced in 2009, it still qualifies for the maximum five-star overall rating.

It comes with front airbags, side airbags, curtain airbags, whiplash protection, side impact protection and an electronic stability and traction control system to help prevent skids and losing control of the car. It is available with a blind spot indicator near the door mirrors that lights up whenever a car is sitting in the blind spot area. Volvo has also fitted a programme (Intelligent Driver Information System) which delays any non-essential information or phone calls if the driver is pre-occupied with demanding tasks such as accelerating or braking heavily.

On paper the C30 has a large boot capacity - 433 litres to be precise - considerably more than an Audi A3 or a Mercedes-Benz CLC. But in reality it seems much smaller. That's not helped by the odd-shaped glass tailgate. While it's a neat piece of design, it's a case of form over function and it means loading the boot with heavy or larger items isn't very easy, hampered by the high load lip.

There is a soft load cover which clips into position so items in the boot aren't on show, but it feels cheap and old-fashioned for what is a premium car and doesn't retract. There is, however, also the option of a hard cover while under the floor of the boot is a handy storage area. Storage in the front could be better though. There's a useful central cubby, but the door pockets are narrow.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volvo C30 (07-12).

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

ES equipment

ES standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
ES optional equipment
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Space saver spare wheel

R DESIGN equipment

R DESIGN standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
R DESIGN optional equipment
  • Parking sensors

R DESIGN Lux equipment

R DESIGN Lux standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
R DESIGN Lux optional equipment
None available

R DESIGN SE equipment

R DESIGN SE standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
R DESIGN SE optional equipment
None available

R DESIGN SE Sport equipment

R DESIGN SE Sport standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
R DESIGN SE Sport optional equipment
  • Leather seat trim

R DESIGN Sport equipment

R DESIGN Sport standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
R DESIGN Sport optional equipment
None available

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Space saver spare wheel
S optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
SE optional equipment
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel

SE Lux equipment

SE Lux standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Leather seat trim
SE Lux optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

SE Sport equipment

SE Sport standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE Sport optional equipment
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points

Euro NCAP Rating

The Volvo C30 (07-12) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 5 stars
  • Child Occupant - 4 stars
  • Vulnerable road users - 1 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.