New Polestar 2 vs Tesla Model 3: practicality

The all-new, fully electric Polestar 2 is the first direct rival for the hitherto unbeatable Tesla Model 3. Time to see whether the current class champ is in for a shock...

Polestar 2 rear seats

Space and practicality

Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot

Despite being the taller car, the Polestar isn’t particularly well endowed in the rear head room department. Most six-footers will have to tilt their head to the side or risk ruining their hairdo on the ceiling; there’s no such problem in the Model 3. That same six-footer won’t have any complaints about knee room in either car.

Tesla Model 3 rear seats

The Model 3 wins hands down for boot space. A total of 10 carry-on suitcases will fit into its rear boot and smaller ‘frunk’ under the bonnet, whereas the Polestar can swallow only seven cases (its front boot being too small to take any). That said, the Polestar is a hatchback rather than a saloon, so its boot opening is much larger. The tailgate can also be opened and closed simply by pressing a button on the keyfob or the tailgate itself, whereas bicep power is required in the Model 3.


Equipment

Polestar 2

Polestar 2 badge

Alloy wheel size 20in
Adaptive cruise control Yes
Climate control Yes
DAB radio/Bluetooth Yes/Yes
Sat-nav Yes
Infotainment screen size 11in
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto No/Yes
Leather seats £4000
Heated seats front/rear Yes/Yes
Parking sensors front/rear Yes/Yes
Heated steering wheel Yes
Keyless entry and start Yes


Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 badge

Alloy wheel size 20in
Adaptive cruise control Yes
Climate control Yes
DAB radio/Bluetooth Yes/Yes
Sat-nav Yes
Infotainment screen size 15in
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto No/No
Leather seats Yes*
Heated seats front/rear Yes/Yes
Parking sensors front/rear Yes/Yes
Heated steering wheel No
Keyless entry and start Yes

*'Vegan' leather is standard; no option of genuine leather


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