Polestar 2 2020: specs, price and on-sale date

Orders are now open for the Polestar 2 electric SUV; all customers to get Plugsurfing access

The Polestar 2 electric SUV from Volvo's zero-emissions spinoff brand has gone into production in China, with the first UK deliveries expected in July. The launch version will cost from £49,900, boasts a 310-mile range on a full charge and gets from 0-62mph in under five seconds. Total power output is 402bhp.

We've already driven a pre-production version of the four-door, coupe-styled SUV and you can read our full review here.

Price and on-sale date

Deposits of £1,000 are being taken now, although the Polestar 2 can only be bought online. The company says that a network of ‘Polestar Spaces’ will open soon, however, providing test-drive and viewing opportunities to customers. You won’t necessarily have to buy the Polestar 2 in order to get your hands on it, though: the company says that a subscription rate will be announced at a later stage.

Production at Polestar's Chinese factory commenced in March 2020, with right-hand-drive models coming to the UK later in the year. First deliveries of the launch edition car take place in July 2020, while starting prices are set to fall to around £35,000 after the first 12 months of sale.

Polestar 2 Performance Pack

In October 2019, the firm announced that the launch edition of the Polestar 2 would cost £49,900, while a Performance Pack will cost a further £5,000. Adding Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes and 20-inch forged wheels for better handling, the Performance Pack option also introduces a gold finish to the seat belts, brake callipers and valve caps.

The dampers will be adjustable in 22 different ways, allowing drivers to tailor the car's ride and handling to their taste in a much more fine-grained way than regular 'normal', 'comfort' and 'sport' presets, according to Polestar. The company adds that the pack's Brembo brakes have been "designed for optimum performance in all conditions, with quick response regardless of temperature and use". The braking system incorporates a low-drag system that prevents pads from dragging on the brake disc and reduces noise and resistance.

The launch edition will also arrive with Pilot and Plus packages as standard: the former includes a suite of active driver aids – such as adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping assistance – while the latter brings with it a panoramic roof, a heated steering wheel and a Harmon Kardon sound system. Three years of routine servicing and maintenance are included, too, and buyers have a choice of six exterior colours and three interior schemes.

Range, battery, charging, power and performance

The new four-door fastback will offer a range of around 310 miles courtesy of a 78kWh battery. The Tesla Model 3 rival features two electric motors, combining to deliver 402bhp, 660Nm of torque and four-wheel drive.

This translates into a 0-62mph time of less than five seconds. The Polestar 2 is built on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform and the company says road noise is down by 3.7dB compared with a traditional chassis.

In June 2020, Polestar announced that it had partnered with charging service provider Plugsurfing to give its customers access to a Europe-wide network of over 195,000 charging points. The service allows owners to use their car’s Plugsurfing RFID tag to access and pay for the use of chargers across Europe.

Polestar says this system removes the need for multiple apps and accounts with different charging service providers, thereby streamlining the ownership experience. It also removes the need for a foreign bank account or phone number when charging your car abroad, Polestar says. Polestar says customers will be advised how to best use the car’s built-in Google Maps sat nav to locate relevant chargers and make best use of their Plugsurfing account.

Interior & practicality

Inside, the Polestar 2 features an infotainment system “powered by Android”, which allows the firm to embed features such as Google Maps and Google Assistant. Functions can be controlled using the 11-inch touchscreen or via voice control, while phone-as-key technology senses when drivers are approaching the vehicle. In turn, this enables car sharing and pick-up and delivery services.

A digital instrument cluster can be found behind the steering wheel, which displays range and charging information via enlarged graphics so that drivers can easily see the car’s status from outside the vehicle. “We decided to bring something different to the segment,” said Polestar’s head of design, Maximilian Missoni. “Our avant-garde design has evolved from Polestar 1 into an edgier, bolder statement.

“We have also designed a standard vegan interior with progressive textiles that will appeal to the forward-thinking audience who will subscribe to Polestar 2.” LED headlights and frameless wing mirrors – which light up the panoramic glass roof with Polestar logo as drivers approach – are included as well.

Elsewhere, the Polestar 2 will fit 440 litres of luggage – 405 in the boot and a further 35 in the 'frunk' – the company has announced. “We know our customers value this flexibility and something especially relevant to tomorrow’s EV buyers – a distinct lack of compromise," explained Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath. "It adapts to your needs; it is truly flexible."

Additionally, the car has been rated for towing up to 1,500kg, bettering the Jaguar I-Pace but falling short of the Audi e-tron, Mercedes EQC and Tesla Model X. The towbar is an optional extra priced at £1,000 for UK customers. The car is also compatible with a roof-rack accessory that supports up to 75kg.

Safety

In April 2020, Polestar detailed the 2’s impressive safety credentials. It’s the first fully electric car that the Volvo Car Group has crash-tested and also introduces new airbag technology for front passengers along with what Polestar called its Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (AVAS). 

Sound engineers working on the car have designed the AVAS system – which plays a sound to alert pedestrians to the car’s presence at low speed – to sound unlike any other electric car, while avoiding what it calls the “symphonic spaceship” noise that some electric cars produce.

Polestar has paid particular attention to protecting the car’s battery in a crash: the battery is automatically disconnected in the event of an accident and is protected by a solid aluminium block to help prevent dangerous damage. 

Elsewhere, the Polestar 2 features an updated version of the Volvo Car Group’s Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), which includes sophisticated semi-autonomous features that can help with acceleration, braking and steering at speeds of up to 81mph.