Polestar 2 Review

Price: £46,450-£54,550

Electrifying.com score

8/10

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The Polestar is a thoroughly practical electric hatch which is good to drive, has a decent range, is packed with tech and could be cheaper to run than a diesel - especially for company car drivers.

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  • Battery size: 69-78 kWh
  • Miles per kWh: 3.73 - 4.26
  • E-Rating™: A+ to B

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  • Max charge rate: 130 kW
  • Range: 275-336 miles
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  • Battery size: 69-78 kWh
  • Miles per kWh: 3.73 - 4.26
  • E-Rating™: A+ to B

    Click here to find out more about our electric car Efficiency Rating.​

  • Max charge rate: 130 kW
  • Range: 275-336 miles
  • Polestar 2 Performance
  • Polestar 2 Performance
  • Polestar 2 Performance
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  • Electrifying.com E-Rating B
Driven and reviewed by Electrifying.com・ Published: 23/07/2020・Updated: 24/11/2022

Nicki Says

“The Polestar is an intriguing car which has great tech and is good to drive. It's packed with Scandi-Cool features, has got a decent range and is practical and safe too. But the charging and efficiency are off the pace compared to newer rivals.”

Ginny Says

“The Polestar is a fascinating car for many reasons, but one of the most interesting features is how the brand's cars are sold. Boutique-style shops in malls let you see and test drive the cars but all sales will be done online - just like arch rival Tesla.”


When is a Volvo not a Volvo? When it’s a Polestar. The brand is an electric-only spin off from the Swedish company which aims to be a little bit sleeker and sportier than the marque that has a reputation for boxy estates and sensible, safe saloons.

It’s a brave (and expensive) move to build a whole new brand, but on paper at least the Polestar 2 has the hardware to back it up. It’s an all-electric car with up to 402bhp (which is more than a Porsche 911) and a range of between 255 and 336 miles. That’s just a bit shorter than the benchmarks set by the Tesla Model 3 which is this car’s obvious rival.

In terms of pricing, the Polestar aims for bang in the middle of the Tesla Model 3 line up, starting at £41,900 for the standard model - although at the time of writing this model wasn't available to order, and the cheapest way into Polestar ownership is the Long Range at £46,450. 

That pricing is crucial, as it puts the 2 slightly overlapping or above electric cars such as the Nissan Leaf and Kia Niro EV but makes it more affordable than the raft of posher all-electric SUVs such as the Jaguar I-Pace, Mercedes EQC or Audi Q8 e-tron. This will make it within the reach of company car drivers, who will find that the tax and running cost advantages could make driving an electric like the Polestar as affordable as a mid-range diesel BMW 3-Series over a few years. Talking of BMWs, the Polestar is usefully cheaper than an i4 too, which will be considered a key rival.

The crucial advantage the 2 has over the Model 3 (but not the i4) is its hatchback though. Where the Tesla has to make do with a smaller bootlid, the Polestar’s more practical hatch will make it a more obvious choice for anyone who needs to carry larger loads such as bikes. It’s also a slightly strange half-way between having a raised ride height like an SUV and being lower like a traditional saloon. There’s no suggestion that the Polestar has any off- road ability, but it does mean the driving position is raised higher than in a traditional hatchback.


Polestar has also thought hard about the technology, most notably by incorporating Google’s Android operating system into the heart of the car. It’s supposed to have the best voice recognition of any car and, just like Teslas, it will get updates over the airwaves so it can have the latest apps and software. There’s no doubt it works brilliantly. Apple users might moan about the lack of CarPlay, but in reality you’ll probably end up just using the built-in system as it’s so much slicker.

Out on the road, the 2 feels generally great. The brakes are among the best we’ve tried in an electric car and it is really easy to drive. The performance is there if you squeeze the pedal, but it never makes you feel like it’s going to take you by surprise.

If you don’t use too much of that performance when driving, the official figures suggest you’ll be able to travel about 300 miles before needing a charge. When you finally do need to plug in, it’ll take a 130kW DC rapid, allowing an 80% capacity charge in about 40 minutes. At home, an 11kW AC connection is the maximum it can accept.

The bad bits? Well the steering can feel a bit odd at times, even if you’ve turned off the lane departure gadgets which can tug at the wheel if you nudge across a white line. And the big 20-inch wheels on the Performance Pack equipped cars make the ride really firm – you’ll feel every bump and pothole.

Is it better than a Tesla Model 3 or even Volvo’s own XC40 Recharge? In lots of ways they are very different cars and have different things going for them. Hatchback versus saloon, versus an SUV. Firm ride and sporty or more relaxing? The Electrifying team are split on this, so we can only recommend that you look at them all closely.


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