Tow Car Awards 2021: Electric car

If you’re looking for a great tow car that will also be enjoyable to drive solo, you need one of our 2021 Tow Car Awards winners. Here we look at the best electric car...

WINNER: Electric car

Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Motor

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Kerbweight 2198kg 85% match Not legal Max towing weight 1500kg Towball limit 90kg

You need to be a hardened electric car cynic to be left unimpressed by the way the Polestar 2 tows.

Before a wheel is even turned, it's good to see that the Polestar has a sensible 1500kg towing limit. That's a full 500kg higher than the other electric vehicle tested this year, the Volkswagen ID.4. What's more, it's double the limit of the Jaguar I-Pace we tested in 2019.

Polestar 2 towing a caravan - rear

So, instead of being restricted to micro-caravans or trailer tents, Polestar owners can match their car to a wide choice of full-sized 'vans.

Indeed, the way the Polestar pulls a tourer weighing 1500kg will simply take your breath away. The instant torque from the twin electric motors ­­­– one for each axle – makes for staggering performance. Accelerating from 30-60mph while towing takes the Polestar 2 just 4.8sec.

That's more performance than any caravanner needs on the public road, so what's more relevant is the Polestar's stability at speed. It was absolutely secure at 60mph, and still untroubled at 70mph.

Polestar 2 dashboard

There are some important provisos, however. One is the difficulty of fitting towing mirrors; the Polestar's frameless side mirrors may be a stylish design feature, but they make it impossible to fit extensions that clamp to the mirror-housing. Polestar owners will either need to tow something narrow enough to avoid the need for extension mirrors, or find legally approved mirrors that can attach elsewhere. The other is the relatively short range when towing, and the added complication of recharging with a caravan in tow.

But let's not be too negative. Towing with an electric car may not be straightforward, but the Polestar 2 proves it absolutely can be done, and done well.

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