Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Verdict Should you buy a Polestar 2 Fastback?

The Polestar 2 is an impressive electric car and adds welcome choice to what has been a limited sector to date. Its only real direct rival today is the Tesla Model 3, but the competition will swell in the coming years as German premium brands release new EVs of a similar price and size.

We highly recommend the 2 and think it's a deeply attractive, well-rounded package. Polestar says it will especially appeal to business users thanks to tax breaks for EVs, but the packaging is sufficient to appeal to many family users, too. It's good or excellent in every area, and if you can afford the punchy launch price we would wholly endorse your decision to buy one.

Because Polestar doesn’t believe in a dealership model, and so doesn’t have any traditional showrooms, you'll need to buy your 2 online using an app, which is also used to arrange servicing and aftercare. There are two retail spaces planned in Manchester and London, where you can pore over materials and trims, to get a good idea of how your chosen configuration will look. More so-called Polestar Spaces will follow at high-street locations in big conurbations across the UK.

The first year’s production was exclusively devoted to the high-spec Launch Edition, which costs £49,900 before the government plug-in car grant, which will lop £3,000 off the purchase price. Options to purchase will include cash or finance (we expect monthly lease prices to start at below £600), and cheaper models are expected to follow, with smaller-capacity batteries and two-wheel drive to lower the list price. Expect these during 2021.

The Polestar 2 moves the needle in several ways. Quality is first-rate (not something all Tesla owners report...) and it's a pleasure to drive. Its new Android infotainment system is delightfully simple to use and the design outside and in is fresh and appealing.

It might lack the look-at-me gimmicks that other electric cars boast, but by focusing on getting the day-to-day stuff right, Polestar has created a car that should be easy to live with and enjoyable to drive every single day.

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