Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
  • Car unlocks and starts without touching key
  • Main boot at rear, small front cubby too
  • Not a lot of space in the rear seats

The Polestar 2 is keyless and the doors unlock as you approach the car; furthermore, you don't even have to 'start' the engine - all you need to do is sit in the driver's seat, press the brake pedal and select D on the transmission to drive off.

It's a simple routine that'll raise a smile every single day. It also means you don't have to touch the key, which is a disappointingly cheap-feeling unbranded Volvo one. If you want to avoid that, your mobile phone can thankfully act as the key instead with Polestar’s app.

Grey 2020 Polestar 2 rear seats

How much space is there?

There’s a 405-litre main boot expands to 1,095 litres with the rear seats folded down, and the hands-free, powered tailgate opens nice and high. There’s a smaller 35-litre front boot under the bonnet, too, although it's very shallow and won't hold much more than the charging cables.

Rear-seat passengers do okay for legroom but those over 6ft tall may find the roofline encroaching on their headspace, owing to the swooping roofline and standard full-length sunroof. The ride is also choppier in the back, perhaps because you’re sat almost directly over the rear axle.

Watch out for the large 'transmission tunnel' in the rear compartment; although this is an electric car, it's based on the hardware of the petrol-powered Volvo XC40 - hence the presence of a tunnel, bisecting the floor and making this essentially a four-seater, unless a central, fifth passenger splays their legs.

There are two USB-C chargers for back-seat passengers to charge their digital devices, with another pair upfront, plus an inductive phone charger for wireless smartphone top-ups. The door bins could do with being bigger, if we’re being picky, and the small plastic ledges on the side of the centre console are cheap and plasticky to touch.

How big is the boot?

The 405-litre main boot that expands to 1,095 litres with the rear seats folded down, and the hands-free, powered tailgate opens nice and high. There’s a smaller 35-litre front boot under the bonnet, too, although it's very shallow and won't hold much more than the charging cables.

Grey 2020 Polestar 2 boot with seats up

Is it easy to park?

The Polestar has quite thick roof pillars and a much higher bonnet than the Tesla Model 3 making it tricker to see out of. Thankfully front and rear parking sensors plus a rear-view camera are standard making it easier to park.

If you want more help, a 360 degree camera system comes as part of the Pilot Pack along with adaptive LED headlights that are able to keep the main beam on for longer without dazzling other drivers. Conventional automatic LED lights are standard on all models.

Safety

  • All launch cars come with loads of safety kit
  • No official Euro NCAP crash rating yet
  • Comes with strong Volvo safety heritage

Although it's not a Volvo, the Polestar 2 does have access to the Swedish car maker's considerable catalogue of assistance and safety technology. We think it'll be a very safe place to entrust your family's safety.

UK Polestar 2 cars equipped with the Pilot Pack include the following comprehensive list of kit:

  • Pilot Assist adaptive cruise control
  • Lane keep assist
  • Blindspot information system with steer assist
  • Cross traffic alert with auto brake
  • Rear collision warning and mitigation
  • Collision avoidance and mitigation by braking and steering
  • Forward collision warning
  • Road sign information
  • Speed limiter to follow a set speed
  • Driver alert control to tell if you're getting snoozy
  • Post-impact braking
  • 360-degree camera for parking 

Grey 2020 Polestar 2 grille with integral sensor panel

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Polestar 2 Fastback.

  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Side airbags

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • CD
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Front electric windows
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • CD
  • Front fog lights

Pilot Plus equipment

Pilot Plus standard equipment
  • CD
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
Pilot Plus optional equipment
None available
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Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Polestar 2 Fastback was tested by Euro NCAP in 2021 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2021
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 93%
Child Occupant: 89%
Vulnerable Road Users: 80%
Safety Assist: 86%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.