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POLESTAR 2 FASTBACK

170kW 78kWh Long Range Single motor 5dr Auto

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Review

The Polestar 2 has what it takes to interest discerning buyers in the premium part of the EV segment, thinks Jonathan Crouch.

Background

You may vaguely be aware of the Polestar brand as Volvo's luxury platform for uniquely designed sporting electric models. Every premium marque makes an EV these days of course, but many of them merely feel like battery-powered versions of existing cars. For an early adopter to plug-in motoring, there's an undeniable appeal in the clean sheet approach that segment originator Tesla's products bring to the table. Polestar aims to deliver that but combine it with the depth of engineering you'd get from a more established manufacturer. Its first product was the Polestar 1, a beefy luxury GT coupe that was a plug-in hybrid and came with a hefty £140,000 price tag. The model we look at here though, the Polestar 2, is much more like it, a full-EV priced more accessibly from around £40,000 and aimed directly at sportier versions of the Tesla Model 3.

Driving Experience

We get the Polestar concept: creation of electric cars for the kind of customer who'd normally buy a conventional premium sports saloon. But as such a buyer, you might understandably have a few qualms about choosing such a thing from a subsidiary of the Volvo marque, a maker yet to deliver any sort of enthusiast-orientated product and a brand that has announced its intention to limit the top speed of all its cars to 112mph. But give this Polestar 2 model a chance. The technical spec is, after all, pretty tempting. The top version offers a dual motor AWD drivetrain with 408hp and 660Nm of torque - more than a Nissan GT-R. There's a hefty 78kWh battery with a 300kW electric motor and a WLTP-rated driving range of up to 298 miles. In this form, the '2' can take off from rest like a scalded cat (62mph occupies just 4.7s) and you'll be flat out all the way to 140mph. If you can't stretch to that, two front-mounted single motor variants are more affordably available. The mid-range 231hp model has the same long-range 78kWh battery as the top model, paired with a 170kW motor, and can go up to 335 miles. Finally, the base 224hp variant has a smaller, standard-range battery (64 kWh in size) paired with a 165kW motor and offering a range of up to 273 miles. Whatever your choice of derivative, you might be surprised to find just how good the Polestar 2 is to drive. Massive efforts have been made to imbue this car with levels of steering feel and body control that are about as far from your perception of Volvo as it's possible to get. And an optional 'Performance Pack' on the top variant includes a unique set of Ohlins dampers that can be formatted with a choice of 22 options to deliver suspension feel to suit your exact preference.

Design and Build

You'd recognise the Polestar 2 as a car from the Volvo family of brands (especially from the rear) but it also has a chunky, purposeful sporty and distinctively Swedish feel of its own. Looks probably aren't going to be the primary reason you choose this contender (and they won't immediately advertise the fact that you've probably spent £40,000-£50,000 on it) but if you're OK with something a little more conservatively premium, then there's plenty to like here. Under the skin lies the same CMA platform that's used by a Volvo XC40 but it's had to be updated with a unique front subframe for extra crash protection (electric motors are less absorbent in an impact than an engine), plus there are modifications at the rear to support the heavy lithium-ion battery pack. At the wheel, you're favoured with faultless build quality from an interior carefully fitted out with fabric, wood and vegan leather (proper hide is optional). There's a blade-shaped dashboard incorporating a predictably huge central freestanding 11.0-inch portrait-format infotainment screen. This delivers the latest Google Android infotainment system (the first time this set-up's been used by any production car). Unlike Android Auto, you don't have to connect in and then still have to separately activate car stuff (seat positioning, safety system preferences and so on). Google Android infotainment can automatically do all that for you as you approach the car. What else might you need to know about the cabin? Well the seats are soft and supportive, but the window line is rather high, which contributes to rather poor rearward visibility. Careful battery design means that rear seat legroom is surprisingly good for an EV. And once the powered rear hatch rises, you'll view a 405-litre boot, which expands to 1,095-litres with the seats down, plus there's a further 35-litre space beneath the bonnet up-front.

Market and Model

There are three models on offer. The Standard Range Single Motor model starts from around £40,000, uses a 64kWh battery and offers 224hp. The mid-range 231hp Long Range Single Motor version with its 78kWh battery costs around £43,000 and offers 234hp. And the top Long Range Dual motor version with the same 78kWh battery costs around £46,000 and offers 408hp. Virtually all Polestar sales will be done online (via an app which will also be used to arrange servicing and aftercare). You certainly won't be able to buy the marque's products from a Volvo franchise. All models come with a fully loaded specification, but if you want to go further, three optional Packs are available. The Plus Pack includes high-level premium equipment like a full-length panoramic glass roof, a premium Harman Kardon audio system with 13 speakers, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats and wipers, WeaveTech upholstery, Black Ash deco panels, fully-electric heated front seats with memory, and a heat pump (which reduces the need to use valuable battery capacity to prepare and sustain the cabin climate). The Pilot Pack includes enhanced safety and driver assistance features, such as the Pixel LED headlights with LED front fog lights, Driver Assistance with Adaptive Cruise Control and Pilot Assist, a 360-degree surround view camera, all-round parking sensors, and Driver Awareness including Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with steering support, Cross Traffic Alert with brake support, and Rear Collision Warning. The optional Performance Pack is available for the Long range Dual motor variant only, and includes adjustable Ohlins dampers, Brembo brakes, forged 20-inch alloy wheels and signature 'Swedish gold' details inside and out. A handful of specific single options are available, including ventilated Nappa leather upholstery (requires Plus Pack), metallic paint, 20-inch alloy wheels and a semi-electric folding tow bar.

Cost of Ownership

The furthest you'll be able to go in a Polestar 2 is with the mid-range Long Range Single Motor 78kWh variant, which has a WLTP-rated range of between 320 and 335 miles. Not far behind is the Long Range Dual Motor 78kWh model (279-298 miles). The base Standard Range Single Motor 64kWh model manages 260-273 miles. Both the 78kWh variant can boost their range figures up to around 350 miles if you're driving exclusively in city traffic. There's no Porsche Taycan-style 800-volt electrified tech here to boost charging times, so the usual 400-volt set-up delivers the normal replenishment period you'd currently expect from an EV of this kind. So from a garage wallbox for the 78kWh variants, think about 10 hours from empty. If you're out and about and find a 150kW DC public charger, you'd be looking at around 35-45 minutes to get an 80% fill from empty. Charging stations along any given route are displayed via a simplified Google Maps display on the centre-dash screen. This includes live availability data so that you can see in advance which charging points are currently free. And don't worry if your trip takes you somewhere with no online reception: should you venture into such territory, the car will automatically download maps into its hard drive and switch into an offline mode so that navigational services can continue uninterrupted. Around half of all Polestar 2 sales will be to business buyers keen to take advantage of the 0% benefit-in-kind tax rating that now applies to EVs.

Summary

What kind of luxury premium electric car would a real driving enthusiast design? Our first answer would be a Porsche Taycan, but that model's extremely expensive. Our second response to that question would be to direct you towards this Polestar 2. It's clearly been developed by talented engineers, it'll handle on a different level to most other posh EVs and it develops the electric remit with Volvo-style pragmatism. There's no big fuss about superbike-style acceleration times. Or about how it can charge in next to no time from rapid charging stations you'll hardly ever come across. It doesn't even mess about with a pointless SUV configuration. Instead, the Polestar 2 simply gets on with delivering what is arguably the most complete EV experience in the £40,000-£50,000 price bracket. It has a Tesla-like feel of innovation, a Mercedes EQC-like feel of quality and a Jaguar I-PACE-like feel of sporting purpose. All with rare unique branding and packaging. Buying one would be a step into the unknown. But we can see why you might.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeElectric
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency0.00mpg
Top Speed
Top Speed100mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 11.15 Central display touch screen
  • 12.3" Active TFT crystal driver's information display
  • Automatic braking after collision
  • Bluetooth handsfree system
  • Cyclist Detection
  • Driver alert control
  • Forward collision warning
  • Front park assist
  • Lane keeping aid
  • Oncoming Lane Mitigation
  • Progressive steering
  • Rear park assist
  • Speed limiter
  • Steering wheel buttons
  • Trip computer

Entertainment

  • 2 USB-C connectors front
  • 2 USB-C connectors rear
  • DAB Digital radio
  • High performance audio system with 250W + 8 speakers
  • Infotainment powered by Android including Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google Play Store
  • Polestar Connect

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive brake lights with high level LED brake lights
  • Approach lighting
  • Automatic dimming interior mirror
  • Automatic headlight levelling system
  • Automatic LED Headlights + Active high beam incorporating daytime running lights
  • Body coloured front grille surround
  • Electric and heated frameless colour coordinated autofolding side mirrors
  • Front and rear power windows
  • Front tread plates
  • Heated emblem in grille
  • LED running lights
  • Rain sensor with automatic windscreen wiper activation

Interior Features

  • 11KW onboard charger
  • 12V power socket in luggage area
  • 2 zone electronic climate control
  • Air quality control system
  • Armrest with cupholder and storage
  • Bag hooks
  • Charcoal headlining
  • Front footwell illumination
  • Front reading lights and theatre lighting
  • Front seats cushion extensions
  • Front storage compartment
  • Glovebox bag hook
  • Heated front seats
  • Height and reach adjustable steering column with speed sensitive steering
  • Hexagonal shaped gear shifter with illuminated polestar symbol
  • High voltage coolant/heater
  • Humidity sensor
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors + ticket holder
  • Interior illumination
  • ISOFIX attachment front passenger seat
  • ISOFIX attachment on rear outer seats
  • One pedal drive with autohold
  • Power seat with mechanical back rest, height adjustable front seats with multi-directional lumbar support
  • Rear clothes hook
  • Rear reading and courtesy lights
  • Rear seat 40/60 split
  • Textile floor mats
  • WeaveTech steering wheel

Safety

  • Alcolock preparation
  • Collision avoidance and mitigation by braking and steering
  • Connected safety with slippery road alert and hazard light alert
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver and front passenger airbags
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Electric parking brake
  • Electrical child lock for rear doors and rear windows
  • Electronic stability control
  • First aid kit
  • Front and outer rear seatbelt reminder and pretensioners
  • Hill start assist
  • Indirect tyre pressure monitoring system (ITPMS)
  • Inner side airbags
  • Passenger airbag cut-off switch
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Polestar digital key
  • Power parking brake with auto hold function
  • Road sign information display
  • Run off road mitigation and protection
  • SIPS side airbags
  • Stability and Traction Control with Spin control, Engine Drag Control and Corner Traction Control
  • Vehicle deceleration control with Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist
  • WHIPS whiplash protection system - front

Security

  • Alarm
  • Key fob and key tag
  • Key integrated remote control central locking
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Keyless entry with handsfree boot lid opening
  • Lockable wheel bolts

Technical

  • Dynamic chassis
  • Home charging cable, 7m

Wheels

  • Tyre sealant kit and compressor

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    78
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    50
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-80
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    120
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    150
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    0-80
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    40
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
    Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    8
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb
    510
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb
    317

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    Not Available
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    Not Available

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    Not Available
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Not Available
  • CC
    1
  • Compression Ratio
    Not Available
  • Cylinder Layout
    Not Available
  • Cylinders
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    Not Available
  • Engine Code
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    Not Available
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    Not Available
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Not Available
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    Not Available

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
  • Badge Power
    231
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    78KWh Single Motor
  • Coin Series
    Not Available
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    7.4
  • Engine Power - BHP
    231
  • Engine Power - KW
    170
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    243
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    33.7
  • Engine Torque - NM
    330
  • Top Speed
    100

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    245/45 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    245/45 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    5 V SPOKE DIAMOND CUT
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1479
  • Length
    4606
  • Wheelbase
    2735
  • Width
    1859
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1985

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    Not Available
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2490
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1095
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    405
  • Max. Loading Weight
    546
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1000
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1944
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.5
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Customer Reviews

   
Julie Judge

Julie Judge

"Excellent Service I would definitely recommend. Scott and Holly have been outstanding. Thank you so much I love my new car!!."

"a week ago"

Sean Annells

Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

"3 months ago"

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"Excellent friendly, advice when helping me to choose a new electric vehicle. Customer service has been great thank you :)"

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"The whole team at SFM have been great from start to finish! Aby talked me through lots of options before I finally made a choice and ordered. Holly has kept me updated through out and been on hand to answer any questions I have had. Scott also spent time with me and rid me of my range anxiety going across to a full EV. I would highly recommend getting in touch with SFM for any of your car needs."

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