Polestar 1 review

Category: Coupé

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Ask people to guess its price and most will tell you that the Polestar 1 probably costs around the money as a BMW 8 Series Coupé. It doesn't. It might undercut the Aston Martin DB11 and Bentley Continental GT, but it's way more expensive than the Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid (matching the top-of-the-range Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid instead) and Lexus LC Coupé. Remember, the 1 is basically a Volvo S90 inside and underneath, not a bespoke, exquisitely tailored product. 

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.

Overview

On the one hand, Polestar should be applauded for making its first car a genuine alternative to conventional, big-engined petrol GTs. It’s not the quickest car in the class but it's unlikely you’ll want for more performance, and its hybrid system means that it can be surprisingly cheap to run. Sure, some will find its ride is a bit too firm, but that's rewarded by decent, if not class-leading, handling. Its practicality isn't great, though, and its Volvo S90 interior isn't inspiring next to a BMW 8 Series' or Lexus LS's, which would be fine if it didn't cost far more than the faster, quicker Porsche Panamera 4S E-hybrid that is pretty much as environmentally friendly. As a result, it's really just for those looking to be different.

  • Enjoyable to drive
  • Different and rare
  • Surprisingly cheap to run, especially if you charge it up regularly
  • Volvo S90 interior and infotainment system
  • Tiny boot
  • Relative to what else you can buy, the price is staggering