Polestar 2 review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Good range, a comfortable cabin and a practical hatchback body style will attract customers to the Polestar 2.
The ability to travel a fair distance on a single charge is key to the appeal of a family electric car, and range anxiety shouldn’t be an issue with the Polestar 2. The long range/single motor model with a 78kWh battery should be good for up to 336 miles of driving, while topping up using a 150kW rapid charger should give you 80% battery power in just 27 minutes.
The problem is there aren’t a huge number of rapid chargers currently available in the UK, although coverage is set to expand quickly over the coming years. More realistically, a 50kW feed will provide you with an 80% charge in just over an hour.
Opting for the dual-motor 78kWh version sees a slight fall in overall range to 299 miles, while the entry standard range car (with a 64kWh battery) manages a claimed 275 miles from a single charge.
Once you’re at home, there’s the opportunity to use a 7kW wallbox charger, which will take an empty battery to full power in just under eight hours.
In terms of ride comfort, the Polestar 2 is certainly on the firm side, particularly if you spec the adjustable Ohlins dampers in their standard setting. Interior quality is high, though, and the seats are comfortable enough to ensure you arrive relaxed at the end of a long journey. However, the CMA platform, used in the Volvo XC40, brings a transmission tunnel that compromises comfort for anyone sitting in the middle seat, while visibility out of the rear screen is also pretty poor.
The Polestar 2 measures 4,600mm in length, is 1,950mm wide and stands 1,480mm tall. By comparison, the Tesla Model 3 is pretty much the same length, although not quite as wide and sits around 30mm lower.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
The driver and front passenger won’t want for space and there’s plenty of stowage for drinks and assorted items. Rear passengers also have good legroom, but while the glass roof panel does eat into headroom, even the tallest of occupants shouldn’t find it too intrusive.
Boot space for the Polestar 2 is a decent 405 litres, which extends to 1,095 litres with the rear seats folded. It has an advantage over the Tesla Model 3 saloon in that its hatchback boot opens up much wider than its US rival, making it easier to load luggage. There is also an extra 35 litres of stowage in the car’s nose or ‘frunk’, although it’s only really big enough to store the charging cables.
In this review
- 1Polestar 2 reviewThe stylish, all-electric Polestar 2 oozes quality and is a great alternative to a Tesla.
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Polestar 2 is quick, but it can't quite match the pace of the Tesla Model 3.
- 3Range, charging and running costsGood range and low electric running costs make the Polestar 2 a practical family choice.
- 4Interior, design and technologyPolestar has engineered plenty of quality, style and great tech into the 2.
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingGood range, a comfortable cabin and a practical hatchback body style will attract customers to the Polestar 2.
- 6Reliability and safetyPolestar includes a great level of safety kit for the 2, while reliability should prove to be equally sound.