The Polestar 1 isn’t exactly cheap to buy, but it does undercut the Aston Martin DB11 and Bentley Continental GT. You’ll pay less for an S-Class Coupé or BMW i8, while the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is very close on price.
However, while all of those cars have extensive options lists, the only options for the 1 are its wheel and body colours. That means you get tonnes of toys as standard, including heated front seats and steering wheel, keyless entry, Nappa leather seats and a panoramic roof.
Of course, the 1’s real advantage comes when you look at its running costs. Preliminary official figures put its CO2 emissions at a staggeringly low 15g/km, with fuel economy of 403.6mpg. Not even a BMW i8 can get close to those figures Now, you’ll need to make the most of the car’s 78 mile electric-only range to get anywhere near the latter figure, but those low emissions make it very attractive for those lucky enough to pick one as a company car.
Euro NCAP are yet to test the Polestar 1, but you get a cornucopia of safety kit as standard. This includes automatic emergency braking that works at a wide variety of speeds, blind spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, steering support to help you avoid potential collisions, a system that warns you of objects crossing your path when you’re reversing, and a road sign information system.