Polestar 1 review

Costs & verdict

Polestar 1 2019 LHD front seats
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

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.

Polestar 1 2019 LHD infotainment
Polestar 1 2019 LHD front exterior
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Polestar should be applauded for making its first car such a convincing alternative to conventional GTs. It’s unlikely you’ll want for more performance, yet its hybrid system means that it’s surprisingly cheap to run. Sure, some will find its ride a bit too firm, but we think it’s worth it for the handling prowess this stiffness brings. If only its boot was a bit bigger and its interior a bit less obviously Volvo-sourced.

  • Enjoyable to drive
  • Fast
  • Surprisingly cheap to run, especially if you charge it up regularlyInterior could be a bit more bespoke
  • Interior could be a bit more bespoke
  • Tiny boot
  • Some may find the ride a bit too firm