Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
The Polestar 2 qualifies for the Government’s £3000 plug-in car grant, because it costs (fractionally) less than £50,000. And while most versions of the Tesla Model 3 are available for similar money (the Performance is more expensive), more affordable Polestar 2 variants are likely to join the lineup in the future.
Besides, it’s as a company car that the Polestar 2 makes most sense; as with its electric rivals, you'll enjoy extremely low benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax bills, at least for the next few years.
There’s just one trim level at the moment, but this comes stacked with equipment that includes adaptive cruise control, power-folding door mirrors, keyless entry, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats and dual-zone climate control. The only real optional extras are fancier paint, different wheels and the leather interior (instead of the standard cloth), plus the Performance Pack we mentioned earlier. That doesn’t make the car any faster but swaps the standard 19in alloy wheels for 20s and brings upgraded brakes and adjustable suspension.
Use a 150kW rapid charger and the battery will go from 10-80% in just under 30 minutes, but finding such a charger is currently a bit of a novelty in the UK. More likely, you’ll come across a 50kW charger when stopping at a motorway service station, and from one of those you’ll get a 10-80% charge in around one hour.
From a 7kW home charger, meanwhile, 0-100% takes around 12 hours, while a standard three-pin plug charge will take more than 23 hours to trickle in.
It’s worth remembering that, unlike the Polestar 2, Teslas get access to the company’s Supercharger network, with these units being easy to use, quick and commonplace.
The Polestar 2 is covered by a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty, while a Model 3 gets four years or 50,000 miles of cover – whichever elapses first. With both cars the battery and drive unit are covered separately, which for the Polestar 2 is eight years or 100,000 miles. The Model 3's battery is covered for up to 120, 000 miles.
Euro NCAP is still to crash test the Polestar 2, but given Volvo’s exemplary safety record, we’d be amazed if it didn’t perform well. There are certainly plenty of driver aids as standard, including automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, blind spot monitoring and traffic sign recognition.
Likewise, while it’s too early to be sure how reliable the Polestar 2 will be, Volvo’s record is encouraging; it finished 11th out of 31 manufacturers in our 2019 Reliability Survey.
For all the latest reviews, advice and new car deals, sign up to the What Car? newsletter here
Huge electric people carrier that falls down on range and...
The Tesla Model 3 is as good as electric cars g...
Lavish inside and extremely hushed, but the range be...
The Toyota Mirai is clean, comfortable and easy to drive, but...