Polestar 1 review

Category: Coupé

Section: Interior

Available fuel types:hybrid
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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

How you view this section might depend on whether you’ve spent time in a Volvo recently. If you haven’t, you’ll be impressed by the widely adjustable and supremely comfortable front seats, which also prove supportive in the bends. Once you’re comfy, you’ll find plenty of well-finished, genuine carbon fibre trims, classy metal detailing and lashings of leather. It might not look as flashy as the Aston Martin DB11's interior, but it feels far better screwed together overall.

The panache of the Bentley Continental GT's and Lexus LC's interiors are something else again, though, because those that have been in a Volvo S60 won’t be fooled by the Polestar emblem on the steering wheel. Even with its classy materials, this is clearly the same Volvo dashboard that you get in the brand's executive cars. We suspect some people might feel a little cheated by that in a car costing six figures.

The 1’s infotainment system is (unsurprisingly) also shared with other Volvos. The 9.0in portrait-oriented touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard along with a seriously powerful Bowers and Wilkins 15-speaker stereo. The system’s interface is mostly responsive but crashes occasionally and some of the menus are a tad confusing. It's better than the DB11's outdated Mercedes system, mind you, but the Continental GT's infotainment set-up is better.

Joining the 1’s touchscreen is a 12.3in digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel. It’s certainly clear, but we wish it would show a greater array of information; Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, as found in the far cheaper A7, goes into far more depth.

Being a coupé, visibility is restricted but still relatively good. The roof pillars are thin and the windows large, so you get a decent view out the front and to the sides, while a 360-degree camera system is standard to help with parking. You also get adaptive LED headlights that can keep the main beam in use more often than regular headlights; they can automatically adjust their beam pattern so oncoming drivers don’t get dazzled. Annoyingly, though, the 1 is only available in left-hand drive.

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