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The Polestar 2 is the best reason yet not to buy a Tesla Model 3

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At a glance

New price £39,900 - £52,900
Lease from new From £417 p/m View lease deals
Used price £33,540 - £46,110
Used monthly cost From £837 per month
Fuel Economy 3.0 - 3.6 miles/kWh
Insurance group 34 - 42 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Hatchback practicality
  • Dual motor’s rapid performance
  • Classy interior

CONS

  • Dual motor models are rather expensive
  • Head- and legroom in rear not exactly huge
  • Lacks Tesla's Supercharging infrastructure

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Written by Alan Taylor-Jones on

Is the Polestar 2 any good?

Although the Polestar 2 may be an unfamiliar name to many car buyers, its importance can't be underestimated. Polestar is in fact a spin-off from Volvo and is the Swedish answer to Tesla, specialising in progressive electric vehicles (EVs) with a zeitgeisty feel.

They're electric and feature niceties such as vegan interiors - imbued with a caring, sharing vibe that's very on-trend for these post-pandemic times. The 2 is a fully electric five-door family hatchback to rival the Tesla Model 3, Audi Q4 E-Tron and Volkswagen ID.3.

It scores for having a high quality interior, easy to use infotainment and is pretty entertaining in dual motor guise. However, in our experience it can’t go as far on a charge as the Model 3 and you also don’t benefit from Tesla’s outstanding charging network, either. Even so, it’s well worth considering if you’re in the market for.

What's it like inside?

The Polestar's cabin is a very special place to sit, knocking spots off the Tesla Model 3's interior, which feels cheap by comparison. There's a high-quality, Scandi-chic vibe at play here, and a minimalist dashboard with hardly any buttons - most controls are taken care of by the world's first Android operating system and an 11.0-inch touchscreen, which work well together. More on that in our interior section.

The seats have plenty of adjustment so getting a comfortable driving position is easy. You don’t get the low dash and huge windscreen that makes a Model 2 so easy to see out of, but you do at least sit a little higher than regular hatchbacks and saloons.

You’ll find plenty of space to stretch out up front although the 2 doesn’t feel as open or have as many cubbies as the Model 3. Rear leg room is fine for a six footer, with rear head room the limiting factor especially with a panoramic roof.

What's it like to drive?

As befits a marque that has its roots in racing the top version of the Polestar 2 is far from slow, thanks to a pair of electric motors sending drive to all four wheels. Producing 408hp and 660Nm of torque, it's fast enough to dispatch the 0-62mph sprint in just 4.7 seconds - a time that'll trouble many traditional sports cars.  

But even the latest single-motor models (detailed in the Performance and Drive section) will get from 0-62mph in 7.4 seconds, which is far from slow. How the 2 handles entirely depends on whether you’ve opted for the basic single motor model or the far more dynamic dual motor, especially if you opt for the Performance Pack.  

What models and trims are available?

Polestar doesn’t really do trim levels and models in the traditional sense. Instead you decide whether you want the Standard Range model with a single motor only and a range of 273 miles or the Long Range. Stick with a front-wheel drive single motor and the range jumps to 335 miles with the dual motor bringing four-wheel drive at the expense of range; this drops to 298 miles.

Once you’ve decided on that, you can pick from a selection of option packs to boost the goody count. There are a few single options such as bigger wheels and a plusher interior, too.

What else should I know?

Recognising that electric car buyers aren’t simply choosing to ditch petrol and diesel engines purely for environmental reasons, Polestar offers the dual motor 2 with a Performance Pack we touched upon above that includes manually adjustable Ohlins dampers for the suspension, larger Brembo brakes for increased stopping power, engorged 20-inch alloy wheels and gold-coloured accents on the seatbelts, tyre valves and brake callipers.

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the Polestar 2, including practicality, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

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