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Polestar 2

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Polestar 2

(2020 – present)

    Summary


    The Polestar 2 is a mid-sized electric car and the first volume production vehicle from Volvo’s EV spin-off brand. Unlike the limited-production halo model Polestar 1, the 2 is a regular production model aimed at the hotly contested executive saloon market.

    Inevitably, the Polestar 2 has been drawn into comparisons with the Tesla Model 3, which is broadly similar in price and size – and, of course, also powered by an electric motor supplied by batteries. General media consensus has been that the two cars are very evenly matched, but that the Tesla currently has a significant advantage in its comprehensive nationwide Supercharger charging network.

    In terms of design, this Polestar is an unconventional blend of saloon, liftback and SUV, making it even more of a crossover than a regular crossover. It sits slightly higher than a conventional car, but doesn’t have the heavy plastic cladding of most SUVs to bulk up its styling.

    The Polestar 2 has received many positive reviews from the UK motoring media, as well as from lifestyle and technology titles that we don’t include in our Expert Rating index. As of June 2022, its Expert Rating of 78% is several points behind the Model 3 and the BMW 3 Series but a few points better than other premium saloons like the Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

    The 2 has been particularly praised for its design, both internal and external, as well as for its performance and outstanding Euro NCAP safety scores. Like most electric cars, it is more expensive to purchase than a conventional petrol or diesel rival, although running costs will inevitably be cheaper.

    There has also been criticism (and plenty of complaints on social media) of the company’s apparently deliberate decision not to offer Apple CarPlay in its cars, a consequence of its tie-up with rival Google to provide the operating system for the Polestar 2’s infotainment system.

    Polestar 2 highlights

    • Blends saloon and crossover design themes
    • Class-leading interior environment
    • Plenty of range from battery pack
    • Build quality visibly better than Tesla Model 3

    Polestar 2 lowlights

    • Initial purchase price is high
    • Lacks Tesla’s Supercharger network
    • Inexplicable lack of Apple CarPlay
    • You’ll have to keep explaining what Polestar is

    Key specifications


    Body style: Mid-sized liftback
    Powertrain: electric motor and batteries
    Price: From £40,900 on-road

    Launched: Autumn 2020
    Last updated: Spring 2021
    Replacement due: TBA


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: March 2021
    Read the full Euro NCAP review

    Adult protection: 92%
    Child protection: 89%
    Vulnerable road users: 80%
    Safety assist: 86%

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    As of June 2022, the Polestar 2 has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    The Green NCAP programme measures exhaust pollution (which is zero for an electric car) and energy efficiency. Electric cars are much more energy-efficient than combustion cars, so the Polestar 2 is likely to score very highly in Green NCAP testing whenever it ever takes place. Check back again soon.

    Reliability rating

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    As of June 2022, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Polestar 2 to generate a reliability rating.

    The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusive from extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Polestar 2, we’ll publish the score here.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Polestar 2 has received

    2022

    • Auto Trader New Car Awards – New Car of the Year + Best Premium Electric Car + Most Loved Car

    2021

    • Auto Trader New Car Awards – Best Premium Electric Car
    • Fleet World Awards – Best EV Compact Executive Car
    • edie Sustainability Leaders Awards – Product Innovation of the Year
    • Top Gear Electric Awards – Best All-Rounder
    • DieselCar and EcoCar Top 50 – Best Electric Compact Executive Car
    • Fleet News Awards – Best Zero-Emission Car
    • Business Car Awards – Best Electric Car Over £35K

    2020

    • Sunday Times Driving Awards – Motoring Innovation of the Year

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    The Polestar 2 is a bit difficult to pigeonhole compared to most cars. It rides a bit higher than a regular saloon/liftback like the BMW 3 Series, but not quite as high as an SUV/crossover vehicle like the BMW iX3. As such, it has plenty of indirect rivals but none that are directly comparable. That includes its own in-house rivals from Volvo – the Polestar 2 shares its electric drivetrain with the XC40 Recharge.

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    Polestar 2The Polestar 2 has received many positive reviews from the UK motoring media, as well as from lifestyle and technology titles.