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Polestar 1 (2019 – 2021)

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Summary


The Polestar 1 is the first car from Volvo’s spin-off car brand, Polestar. It is a two-door coupé powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain, available in left-hand drive only. It was built in a limited production run to launch the all-new Polestar brand and is no longer available new.

The styling is based on a 2013 Volvo concept car called the Volvo Concept Coupe, which is why it bears a strong resemblance to the current Volvo saloon and estate model range. It is a halo car for the new Polestar brand, and is the only model from the company that is ever likely to have a petrol engine component – the subequent Polestar 2 and all future models will only be avilable as fully-electric vehicles.

The Polestar 1 has received very positive reviews from the UK media, although with several caveats and reservations, which are reflected in an overall Expert Rating score of 68% (as of March 2022) that is not as high as the praise for the car would suggest.

Reviewers have praised the external styling, driving dynamics, performance, overall comfort and the low running costs associated with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. However, they have been more critical of the interior design, which is lifted largely from the Volvo V60 and S60 models, as well as the relatively cramped rear seats and poor boot space.

Key specifications


Body style: 2+2 coupé (left-hand drive only)
Motor: petrol/electric plug-in hybrid
Price: From £139,995 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2019
Last updated: N/A
Production ended: Summer 2021


Media reviews


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

The Polestar 1 was not crash tested by Euro NCAP during its limited production run.

Being a part of the Volvo family and developed largely under the same roof as the current Volvo range, the Polestar 1 gets all of the safety technology developed by its Swedish parent. That means advanced active safety systems, like autonomous emergency braking, blind spot and lane-keeping assistance, and adaptive control with steering assistance. Given that every Volvo model has a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP and most have also won various awards for their safety systems, it’s a fair bet to say that the Polestar 1 would perform better than most cars when things go wrong.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Polestar 1 was not lab tested by Green NCAP.

The Green NCAP programme measures exhaust pollution (which are generally very low for a plug-in hybrid) and energy efficiency. Electric cars are much more energy-efficient than combustion cars, and given that the Polestar 1 can run for considerable distance on electric power, it would be very likely to score highly in Green NCAP testing if and when it ever takes place.

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If you’re looking at the Polestar 1, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Audi e-tron GT | Aston Martin DB11 | Bentley Continental GT | BMW i8 | Lexus LC | McLaren GT | Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé | Porsche Taycan

The Polestar 1 doesn’t have any rivals that quite match its particular qualities. The Aston Martin DB11, Bentley Continental and Mercedes S-Class Coupé are petrol-engined GTs rather than plug-in hybrids. The BMW i8 is a plug-in hybrid like the Polestar, but it’s a mid-engined sports car rather than a GT (and it’s also just ended production). The Porsche Taycan is perhaps most similar in overall concept, although it’s fully electric rather than a hybrid and it’s also a four-seat saloon rather than a 2+2 coupé.

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Polestar 1 (2019 – 2021)The Polestar 1 is the first car from Volvo's new electric car brand. It has received positive media reviews, albeit with some reservations.