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Polestar 2 review - Engines, performance and drive

The Polestar 2 is quick, but it can't quite match the pace of the Tesla Model 3.

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Engines, performance and drive Rating

4.4 out of 5

  • Cabin quality
  • Good safety kit
  • On-board tech
  • Firm ride
  • Interior space a little compromised
  • Heavy

Despite being a relatively unknown manufacturer, Polestar has the backing of parent company Geely, and the advantage of being able to draw on the engineering experience and technology expertise of sister firm Volvo. The relationship has certainly paid off, because the Polestar 2 is a sweeter drive than its Tesla Model 3 rival - the steering is more communicative and the good level of grip conveys a more balanced feel when you’re pushing on.

However, the Ohlins dampers that come as part of the Performance pack do make for a firmer ride, but they are manually adjustable if owners feel the need to roll up their sleeves and fine-tune the settings. 

Either way, the Polestar 2 is a decent handling car and is fun to drive, despite its hefty 2.2 tonne kerbweight. The Performance pack also includes Brembo brakes and lightweight 20-inch forged alloy wheels to help the car’s dynamic ability.

The Polestar 2 has three levels of regenerative braking - off, low and high. Using the most powerful setting enables you to drive for periods without the need to touch the brake pedal itself. The system will even bring the car to a complete stop during low-speed town driving.

Engines, 0-60 acceleration and top speed

The Polestar 2’s 78kWh battery sends power to two individual electric motors - one located at each axle. The system provides the Polestar 2 with four-wheel drive, along with a total of 402bhp and 660Nm of torque.

The Polestar 2 can’t match the Tesla Model 3’s outright sprinting ability, but with a 0-60mph time of 4.7 seconds and a 127mph top speed, its performance is more than enough to put a smile on your face. You still feel that instant, addictive shove of electric torque at any speed.

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