A new electric car, from a new electric car company. Polestar was once Volvo’s racing engine, but has morphed into a self-contained electric offshoot, jointly owned by Volvo and its Chinese mothership, Geely. Their cars are built in China, to be sold all over the world.
And while Polestar’s first homebrew effort was a plug-in hybrid, the gorgeous £140,000 Polestar 1, this is where it gets serious. The 1 was a limited edition headline. This is the Polestar 2, and it’s a full production car designed to do the hard jobs to establish Polestar as a big player on the EV scene. He’s taking aim at the biggest of them all right now: the Tesla Model 3.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Prices start at £41,900 for the entry-level ‘Standard Range Single Motor’ version, which has a 69kWh battery capable of 295 miles of range and an electric motor that’s good for 228hp. The next step up is the “long range single motor”, which upgrades the battery to a 78kWh unit that will do 335 miles on a full charge and bumps the power up slightly to 228hp. It costs £44,900.
Then there’s the top-of-the-line ‘Long Range Dual Motor’ edition, which includes electric motors on the front and rear axles. The car develops just over 400 hp split 50/50 front-rear, so it’s fast, despite weighing 2.1 tons. The asking price is £47,900.
And thanks to a recent software update, you can spend an extra £5,000 on Polestar’s Performance Pack, boosting power to 469bhp and cutting 0-62mph time to 4.4 seconds. Yes.
Previewed as a Volvo concept several years ago, the Polestar 2 uses its height not only to provide a clearer view of the road than a conventional sedan, but also to save space for the water-cooled battery, which sits below the cabin. . .
SO IS IT POLESTAR VS TESLA?
Now an equivalent Tesla Model 3 Long Range is good for an additional 60 miles of claimed endurance, and for some people the argument will end there. But we won’t get completely bogged down in Tesla eye for an eye here.
Polestar finds its place in the market and wants to do things its way. CEO Thomas Ingenlath (a former Volvo design chief) suggests Polestar’s USPs will be build quality and car integrity and ownership experience, not YouTube-friendly 0-60mph.
He admits the learning curve will be steep, but points out that Polestar has been in the electric vehicle market for a year or two, not decades. He thinks that now that the world is gearing up for electric cars, soon the idea that every car has to carry the full weight and cost of a 300+ mile range will seem as absurd as a car that takes a second motor as a redundancy measure. . You know, just in case. Polestar wants to make desirable and fast electric cars, but he wants to do it with Scandinavian common sense. And the Swedish fashion sense.
IS IT AN OBSERVER?
Design-wise, it gets the job done: it’s a sensational machine in the metal, clean, crisp and clean, loaded with presence but wonderfully unadorned with fake vents or fake aero nonsense. It looks like the car promised by the future, but far enough from a Volvo S60 not to look contrived. When you see one of these pasties, you’re going to want one.
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Our choice of the range.
What’s the verdict?
We love the Polestar 2 because it looks good, the build quality will give Audi drivers PTSD, and there’s a real sense of common sense about the car – that it was designed to work seamlessly, not surprise you with tricks and then wrap it up. plus. down the line. Single engine iterations also make it more accessible to most.
There’s a real sense of momentum in Polestar now too – you’ve got the schtick design nailed down, that interior concept seems future-proof, and yet there’s a humility about this new product that’s extremely refreshing. Of course, it’s not without its problems: the ride should be less bumpy, and coaxing Apple fans into a hallowed Google Android booth could be a challenge.
Fundamentally though, the car itself is well finished, practical and drives well, but it’s that feeling of a brand that really believes in its approach and is starting to show its potential that’s exciting about Polestar in general and 2 in particular. And yes, Tesla should be careful. Just like anyone else who yearns for a slice of the electric future.
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