Skip advert
Advertisement

“Polestar thinks rear car windscreens are a thing of the past”

Editor-in-chief Steve Fowler is not sure he’s ready for a car with no window at the back

Opinion - Polestar 4

I’m a big admirer of what Polestar has done in a short space of time to take on Tesla. I like the style, the sustainability story, its sales Spaces and – like Tesla – it even has a charismatic boss talking the talk. In fact, were it not for the horribly lumpy ride, I’d probably be the owner of a Polestar 2 right now.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The new Polestar 3 SUV, pricey though it is, could fit into my life nicely (if it rides okay), or I could save a few quid and go for the Polestar 4.

There are a few notable things about the 4 that struck me when I was invited to see the new car in Sweden. Firstly, it’s on another all-new platform, which means Polestars 2, 3, 4 and 5 will all use a different architecture to each other – that’s pretty unusual these days.

Secondly, it’s another stunning design – inside and out – with some clever thinking, especially around the materials used in the cabin. I like it very much.

Then there’s the back. As you can see from the picture above (and following on from Polestar’s Precept Concept) there’s no rear screen. The firm thinks they’re a thing of the past, and losing the glass has space and design benefits.

I’m torn – I love bold thinking and Polestar may well be right that there’s a new generation of buyers who will trust in technology above all else. But I’m not sure I’m ready for a car in which I can’t take a quick look over my shoulder to check what’s behind me.

HD cameras feeding screens do the job, we’re told. But if, like me, your vision isn’t all it used to be and you need glasses, using a screen might pose some problems.

I’m long-sighted, so don’t need glasses for driving, but I need them to see things on screens close-up. My colleague Sean Carson, on the other hand, is short-sighted, so wears glasses for driving but slips them down his nose to be able to see a screen. Neither of us are fans of digital rear-view displays – we prefer mirrors. So has Polestar made a mistake? Time – and buyers – will tell.

Do you agree with Steve? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section...

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

Polestar 2 to be replaced by Polestar 7 in new Apple iPhone-style naming plan
Polestar 1 close up of the grill and badge
News

Polestar 2 to be replaced by Polestar 7 in new Apple iPhone-style naming plan

The next-generation Polestar 2 will be called Polestar 7 in a move to a new chronological naming strategy
16 May 2024
Best new cars coming in 2024
Best new cars coming in 2024 - header image
Best cars & vans

Best new cars coming in 2024

There are some big new models from the likes of BMW, Citroen, Dacia, Ford, MINI, Skoda and more on the way in 2024
12 Mar 2024
Geely and NIO agreement could see battery swapping tech on Volvo, Polestar and Lotus cars
Volvo EX30 - front action
News

Geely and NIO agreement could see battery swapping tech on Volvo, Polestar and Lotus cars

The Chinese giant behind Volvo, Polestar and Lotus will join forces with NIO on battery tech
30 Nov 2023
​Polestar 0 and the quest for the carbon neutral car
Polestar 0 Project decal
News

​Polestar 0 and the quest for the carbon neutral car

Polestar wants to build a truly carbon neutral car by 2030 and although it’s a huge challenge, the Polestar 0 project means business
13 Nov 2023

Most Popular

New 2024 Nissan Qashqai prices and specs announced as family SUV war heats up
Nissan Qashqai reveal - full front
News

New 2024 Nissan Qashqai prices and specs announced as family SUV war heats up

The start price for the Nissan Qashqai has increased by £3,000 due to the loss of the old entry-level Visia trim
24 May 2024
Car Deal of the Day: new VW Tiguan in well-equipped Match trim for under £300 a month
Volkswagen Tiguan - front cornering
News

Car Deal of the Day: new VW Tiguan in well-equipped Match trim for under £300 a month

Volkswagen’s practical and refined mid-size SUV is our Deal of the Day for 24 May
24 May 2024
Suzuki Swift vs MG3 2024 twin test: bargain small car battle
MG3 and Suzuki Swift - front cornering
Car group tests

Suzuki Swift vs MG3 2024 twin test: bargain small car battle

The Ford Fiesta’s demise has left a yawning chasm in the supermini class. Can the new MG3 and Suzuki Swift fill it?
25 May 2024