Here to clear the air

Polestar 2

The Polestar is thorough practical EV 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.


See how it stacks up against a Tesla Model 3 with Tom and Nicki here, and watch Ginny answer your questions about the Polestar 2 here

Interested in the technology? See @GadgetsBoy review the 2 here

  • Battery size: 78 kWh
  • Miles per £: 26.7
  • Battery warranty: 8 years / 100,000 miles
  • Emissions: 0g/km
  • Range: 292 miles

Nicki Says

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9/10

“The Polestar is an intriguing car which fills a big gap in the market. It's packed with Scandi-Cool features, has got a decent range and is practical and safe too, making it ideal for parents like me. ”

Ginny Says

9/10

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“The Polestar is a fascinating car for many reasons, but one of the most interesting features is how this new brand's cars will be sold. Boutique-style shops in malls will let you see and test drive the cars but all sales will be done online. It feels like a glimpse into the future.”

£46,900-£51,900 (after grants)


When is a Volvo not a Volvo? When it’s a Polestar. The new brand is a 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 402bhp (which is more than a Porsche 911) and a 292 mile range. That’s just short of the magic 300 mile benchmark 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 £46,900 for the standard model. That pricing is crucial, as it puts the 2 above mainstream electric cars such as the Nissan Leaf and Kia e-Niro but makes it more affordable than the raft of posher all-electric SUVs such as the Jaguar I-Pace, Mercedes EQC or Audi 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 EV like the Polestar as affordable as a mid-range diesel BMW 3-Series over a few years. 

The crucial advantage the 2 has over the Model 3 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 EV 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 292 miles before needing a charge. When you finally do need to plug in, it’ll take a 150kW 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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