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Polestar 2

(2020 – present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

75
%
A

Used car score:

69
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

75
%
B

Safety Rating:

84
%
A

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

56
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

75
%
A

Used car score:

69
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

75
%
B

Safety Rating:

84
%
A

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

56
%
D

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 January 2024, it holds a New Car Expert Rating of A with a score of 75%. This score is a single point behind its key rival, the Tesla Model 3.

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.

A mid-life update to the Polestar 2 arrived in the UK in the summer of 2023. This was a substantial evolution of the current model, rather than an all-new car.

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 £44,950 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2020
Last updated: Spring 2023
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

The Car Expert

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Auto Express

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Car

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Company Car Today

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Discover EV

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Driving Electric

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Eurekar

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Evo

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Fleetworld

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Green Car Guide

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Honest John

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Move Electric

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Parkers

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The Intercooler

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The Sun

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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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


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Polestar 2 has not 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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No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Polestar 2 to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Polestar 2, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models360 milesA276 – 406 milesA – B
Electrical efficiencyAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models4.6 m/KWhA3.6 – 4.9 m/KWhA – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models49E34 – 50C – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£263C
Year 2£557B
Year 3£910B
Year 4£1,145B
Year 5£1,538B
Overall£4,413B

The Polestar 2 is a mixed bag when it comes to running costs, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

While the saloon’s official battery range of 360 miles is impressive and its electrical efficiency (the EV equivalent of miles per gallon for a petrol or diesel car) is top notch, the car’s insurance premiums are in the highest bracket.

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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If you’re looking at the Polestar 2, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Audi e-tron | Audi Q4 e-tron | BMW i4 | BMW iX3 | Ford Mustang Mach-E | Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Kia EV6 | Mercedes-Benz EQC | Skoda Enyaq | Tesla Model 3 | Volkswagen ID.4

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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