What Car? says...
The Polestar 2 could be the answer to a very difficult question: how do you beat the brand that transformed electric cars?
You see, Tesla showed the world that going electric doesn't have to mean sacrificing performance or style, or putting up with a tiny range between charges. And US brand's best model, the Tesla Model 3, is a huge seller. But it now has a like-for-like rival from Sweden.
So, essentially, what we have here is a stylish, competitively priced Scandinavian hatchback with an upmarket interior and performance that can embarrass some sports cars. And given that it’s significantly cheaper than many other electric cars with those qualities, it should be a tempting proposition. But how does it stack up in all of the important areas? Read on and we’ll tell you.
And don’t forget, when you’ve decided which car you want to buy, head over to our New Car Buying service to see how much you could save on the brochure price.
Neither the Polestar 2 nor Polestar as a brand features in our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey because of the electric car maker’s relatively low sales in the UK to date. Most parts are covered by Polestar’s three-year, 60,000-mile warranty, while the main battery gets eight years of cover as standard. Hyundai, Kia and Tesla do offer longer cover, though. Read more here
Polestar 2s powered by a single motor are available as Standard or Long Range models, offering official ranges of 294 and 336 miles respectively. The more powerful dual-motor model is only sold with the Long Range battery, but because of its greater power consumption, its official range is 299 miles. It’s likely to achieve closer to 220 miles in real-world use. Read more here
Our pick of the Polestar 2 model range is the high-performing dual motor model. The 78kWh battery powers the motors to give more than enough welly to be entertaining while still delivering enough range to make it usable every day for most people. It’s worth noting that the Tesla Model 3 Performance has more range and performance. Read more here
The Polestar 2 achieved strong scores in its Euro NCAP safety appraisal, with a notably high score for child occupant protection. It is also fitted with several active safety aids to help you avoid having an accident in the first place. Blind-spot monitoring is an optional extra that you have to pay for, though. Read more here
The Polestar 2’s infotainment system is generally slick. It was developed in conjunction with Android and features Google Maps and Google Assistant (which brings voice control). We find the main navigation buttons large and easy to hit, but some app icons are a bit small. Read more here
The Polestar 2 has a hatchback boot lid. Inside, we managed to fit seven carry-on suitcases below the tonneau cover – the same as in the Hyundai Ioniq 5 but less than in the Tesla Model 3 (although that car has a less convenient narrow saloon opening). Under the boot floor there’s a cubby for the charging cables and other small items. Read more here