New Kia EV6 vs New Polestar 2 vs Tesla Model 3: verdict

The class-leading Tesla Model 3 is being challenged like never before by promising new electric rivals from Kia and Polestar. Can it fend them off...

New Kia EV6 vs Polestar 2 vs Tesla Model 3 rears

Our verdict 

The Model 3 has finally met its match. It’s been undefeated ever since it arrived in the UK more than two years ago, but despite a recent range boost, it loses out to the excellent EV6. Kia’s new electric hatchback is bigger inside, quieter on the move, more comfortable and can manage more miles on a charge. It can even charge faster.

The one caveat is that this isn’t our favourite version of the Model 3. If your budget stretches closer to £50,000, the dual-motor Long Range model beats all of these cars for range and utterly destroys them for performance. Nevertheless, at this lower price point, the EV6 is as good as electric cars get.

The Polestar 2 has its strengths, including a smart interior. Sadly, disappointing efficiency, noisy cruising manners and the least comfortable ride of the bunch make it an also-ran in this now highly competitive class.

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1st - Kia EV6

Kia EV6 2022 front

For Longest range; fastest charging capability; best for rear passengers; smoothest ride; quietest cruiser
Against Slightly disappointing predicted depreciation; boot isn’t huge; infotainment glitches
Recommended options Heat pump (£900)

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

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2nd - Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 front shot

For Access to dedicated Supercharger network; most efficient; fastest acceleration; best handling
Against Relatively firm ride; saloon boot limits practicality; other Model 3s go a lot farther on a charge
Recommended options None

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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3rd - Polestar 2

New Polestar 2 front shot

For Classiest interior; good driving position; decent safety score
Against Disappointing efficiency; cramped rear seats; unsettled ride; noisiest cruiser
Recommended options None

What Car? rating 3 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Kia EV6 77.4kWh RWD GT-Line

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Engine Single electric motor 
Peak power 223bhp 
Peak torque 257Ib ft 
Gearbox 1-spd automatic, rear-wheel drive
0-60mph 6.9sec
30-70mph 5.9sec
Top speed 114mph
30-0mph 9.0m
70-0mph 47.6m
Noise at 30mph 58.7db
Noise at 70mph 64.4db
Kerb weight 2000kg
Tyre size (std) 235/55 R19 
Estimated range 263 miles
Official range 328 miles
Efficiency 3.4 mile/kWh
Battery capacity (usable) 77.4kWh 
Rapid charging type CCS DC
Maximum charging rate 233kW
7kW home wallbox (0-100% charging time) 12hr 30min
Rapid charging, peak rate (10-80% charging time) 17min
CO2 emissions 0g/km


Specifications: Polestar 2

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Engine Single electric motor
Peak power 228bhp 
Peak torque 243Ib ft 
Gearbox 1-spd automatic, front-wheel drive
0-60mph 7.5sec
30-70mph 6.4sec
Top speed 100mph
30-0mph 8.7m
70-0mph 46.2m
Noise at 30mph 61.5db
Noise at 70mph 66.9db
Kerb weight 2069kg
Tyre size (std) 245/45 R19 
Estimated range 219 miles
Official range 336 miles
Efficiency 2.9 mile/kWh
Battery capacity (usable) 75kWh 
Rapid charging type CCS DC
Maximum charging rate 150kW
7kW home wallbox (0-100% charging time) 12hr 
Rapid charging, peak rate (10-80% charging time) 32min
CO2 emissions 0g/km


Specifications: Tesla Model 3

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Engine Single electric motor
Peak power 321bhp 
Peak torque 310Ib ft 
Gearbox 1-spd automatic, rear-wheel drive
0-60mph 5.8sec*
30-70mph N/A
Top speed 140mph
30-0mph 8.6m
70-0mph 44.2m
Noise at 30mph 59.4db
Noise at 70mph 65.5db
Kerb weight 1850kg
Tyre size (std) 235/45 R18
Estimated range 231 miles
Official range 305 miles
Efficiency 4.0 mile/kWh
Battery capacity (usable) 57kWh 
Rapid charging type CCS DC
Maximum charging rate 170kW
7kW home wallbox (0-100% charging time) 9hr 15min 
Rapid charging, peak rate (10-80% charging time) 25min
CO2 emissions 0g/km
*official figure

Test weather conditions Dry


Cars pictured

Kia EV6 77.4kWh RWD GT-Line with Yacht Blue metallic paint (£675)

Polestar 2 Long Range Single Motor with Moon metallic paint (£900), Plus Pack (£4000), Pilot Pack (£3000) and 20in V-spoke alloy wheels (£900)

Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus with Deep Blue metallic paint (£1100) and Black & White interior trim (£1100)