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Polestar 1 Review

Polestar's first car is beautiful yet understated, fast and effortless to drive over big distances. But a Porsche Taycan does almost everything better. Hurry if you want one though, as the production run is coming to an end.

  • Battery size: 34 kWh
  • Company car tax: 4%
  • Emissions: 13 g/km
  • Range: 77 miles
  • Fuel economy: 470 MPG
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Published: 12/04/2022・Updated: 12/04/2022

Ginny Says

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“The Polestar 1 attracts all the right sort of attention. People admire it and want to learn more, meaning it is not just the electric-only range which gives you a warm glow of satisfaction. But Britain is just too small for a wide car like this with the steering wheel on the wrong side.”

Tom Says


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“If you want to make an impression, a 600bhp hybrid that looks like a Volvo amped up to maximum is probably a good way to get noticed. Lots of money, sharp-suited subtlety... the P1 paved the way for the more affordable P2.”

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Got questions? We've put together the most frequently-asked topics below. If there's something we haven't answered here or in the review then let us know on our contact page

Is the Polestar 1 a Volvo?

Well yes, but only in the same way that a Bentley is a Volkswagen. They are owned by the same company and share a lot of bits, but you have to delve deep to find a Volvo logo on the 1. They're not sold at Volvo dealers either.

Is the Polestar 1 electric?

It's a plug in hybrid, with a big 70 mile range on electric only.

How long does it take to charge a Polestar 1?

Good question - we can't find the info anywhere, even in the owner's manual. So we will make an educated guess. Using a home 7kW wallbox it'll take about 6 hours and 15 minutes. A three-pin plugged 'granny' charger will take 16 hours. It can also take a 50kW CCS rapid charge, taking about 30 minutes to get to 80%.

How big is the battery in a Polestar 1?

It's 35kWh, which is huge for a hybrid.

Is the Polestar 1 smaller than the Polestar 2?

No, the 1 is the flagship and is therefore pretty huge. But don't expect much practicality - the boot is tiny.

Can I get a Polestar 1 with right hand drive?

Unfortunately not. It will only ever be made with left hand drive and there will not be more than 1,500 built. They're running out too, so hurry up if you want one.

Is the Polestar 1 a good company car?

This is quite interesting for fact fans. The Polestar 1 actually has the lowest tax rate of any plug-in hybrid car sold in the UK, at 4% for the 21-22 tax year. That means you could pay less tax for the privilege of driving a Polestar 1 than you would for a Ford Focus. But pure electric cars like the Porsche Taycan cost even less, at just 1%.  

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