Polestar 1 review

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Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:hybrid
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Introduction

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The Polestar 1 takes the rulebook for high-performance GT cars and simply obliterates it. Rather than using a big eight or twelve-cylinder engine driving the rear or all four wheels, the 1 combines a high-output 2.0-litre petrol engine with a trio of electric motors to create a seriously rapid plug-in hybrid.

How rapid? Well, its total system output is a hefty 601bhp, enough to take this 2350kg brute from 0-62mph in just 4.2sec and on to a limited top speed of 155mph. Now, before you shout that the Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid is faster still, it’s worth bearing in mind that the Polestar 1 is about more than just all-out pace.

This is one plug-in hybrid that’s serious about electric driving. It uses a pair of battery packs to give an electric-only range of 77 miles, according to official figures; that's nearly two-and-a-half times the distance you can expect from the Panamera. According to Polestar, this means the 1 can be treated like an electric car in normal day-to-day use; its petrol engine is only needed when you want to extend the range, or to provide a healthy dollop of extra performance.

Despite having more batteries than a branch of Currys, Polestar has still managed to squeeze a couple of chairs into the back of the 1. That makes it more practical than the BMW i8 and (in theory) on par with other 2+2s such as the Bentley Continental GT and Aston Martin DB11. Of course, if you just want a seriously high-performance plug-in hybrid, the four-door Porsche Panamera is more sensible still.

But the question is: has Polestar’s gamble paid off? Read on over the next few pages to find out how good the Polestar 1 is to drive, how plush it is inside and how hard it’ll clobber your bank balance. Oh, and don’t forget to have a look at our New Car Buying pages for tempting deals on your next car purchase.

At a glance

Number of trims1 see more
Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you? hybrid
MPG range across all versions403.5 - 403.5
Avaliable doors options2
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max)£1,112 / £1,112
Company car tax at 40% (min/max)£2,223 / £2,223

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