The interior layout, fit and finish
The Polestar 2 offers a fundamentally good driving position; the pedals line up neatly with the steering wheel and seat, and there's a good range of electric adjustment for that seat, including for lumbar support. That said, it could do with a bit more side support for hard cornering.
As a bonus, you can change the angle of the door mirrors or steering wheel swiftly via buttons, whereas the Tesla Model 3 requires you to delve into its centrally-mounted touchscreen to do so – that's an unnecessary faff. And, while the Model 3 displays crucial information, such as your speed, on its central touchscreen, the Polestar 2 has a separate 12.3in digital instrument display right in front of you.
Its small rear window limits your view out the back of the Polestar 2. However, large rear side windows aid over-the-shoulder vision, forward visibility is excellent, and the list of standard equipment includes bright LED headlights with high-beam assist, front and rear parking sensors, and a 360deg camera that provides a bird’s-eye view of the car.
A nice mix of squishy dashboard materials and plush inserts give the Polestar 2’s interior a high-quality, sophisticated feel, and it's noticeably more premium-looking than the Model 3's interior.
You may recognise the steering wheel and buttons from modern Volvo models, but the design and layout are different. The rising centre console leads up to an 11.0in touchscreen infotainment system that was developed with Android and, essentially, operates like Android Auto. Features like Google Maps and Google Assistant, for natural speech voice control, are included as standard. You can't watch Netflix or play computer games, though, as you can in a Model 3, and, while the Polestar 2's system is very responsive, it's not as slick to look at or use as the Model 3's screen.
The main menu icons on the screen are big and easy to hit, but the individual app icons are a bit on the small side; as with all touchscreens, we would still rather have some physical controls to help make things less distracting on the move. Apple CarPlay will be added in 2021, arriving as an over-the-air update.
The standard Harman Kardon sound system sounds rich, powerful and full of detail, although a little bass-heavy at times.
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