2020 Polestar 2 - exclusive Reader Test Team preview
Join What Car? for an exclusive preview of the new Polestar 2 on Tuesday 16 July in Shoreditch, London...
Here's an electric car that could really shake things up: the Polestar 2.
Polestar started out as the performance arm of Volvo, but the Swedish firm's owner recently granted it independence. The very first Polestar car (the 1, obviously) is a limited-edition plug-in hybrid super-coupé, but the 2 is a mass-market electric car that will take on the likes of the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model 3 when it goes on sale next year.
Polestar calls the 2 an 'avant-garde fastback', meaning it looks like a saloon but is jacked up slightly and has a hatchback boot. It's based on the same underpinnings as the Volvo XC40 family SUV, our 2018 Car of the Year. Having a motor on each axle makes it four-wheel drive, and these together produce 402bhp for a 0-62mph sprint time of less than 5.0sec.
Electricity is supplied by a 78kWh lithium ion battery, from which an official range of more than 311 miles is expected; the 346bhp Model 3 manages a best of 338 miles from its 75kWh battery. The 2 will be able to charge to 80% in just 45 minutes using the latest public rapid chargers.
Inside, it's very classy, with a Volvo-inspired layout, upmarket, vegan materials and a new touchscreen infotainment system that's the first of any car to be based on Android software.
Polestar won't sell the 2, instead charging drivers a monthly fee for use of one and associated costs, but it quotes a reference figure of £51,000 – some £10,000 less than the I-Pace.
If you're interested in the 2, come along for an exclusive preview with What Car? on Tuesday 16 July in Shoreditch, London.
You'll get a hands-on preview of the only 2 in the country, as well as a Q&A opportunity with the Polestar team, before being interviewed for our magazine and website.
To apply, email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your name
- Your age
- Your mobile number
- Your occupation
- What car you currently drive
- Where you'll be travelling from
- Why you want to see the new Polestar 2