Polestar 2 2020: specs, price and on-sale date
The Polestar 2 electric SUV from Volvo's new 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, boast a 310-mile driving range on a full charge and get 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.
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.
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 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, 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.
Charging details have yet to be confirmed, although Polestar says it’s “setting up strategic collaborations to give Polestar 2 owners easy and hassle-free access to the world’s largest public charging networks.”
“Polestar 2 is our first fully electric car and first volume model,” said Ingenlath when the car was launched in 2019. “Everything about it has been designed and engineered with passion and dedication. As an electric performance brand, and through the forthcoming launch of a portfolio of fully electric cars, Polestar is determined to address the world’s air quality challenges. Polestar delivers electric performance cars that are great to own and drive.”
Ingenlath also confirmed that "having a mid-range battery on offer below the long range is a very sensible thing to do. We will concentrate on the one model to ramp up production, but within time we will expand the offering."
Polestar says the 27-module battery is built into the floor of the new car, and that it “contributes to the rigidity of the chassis as well as improves the car’s noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels”. Ingenlath was unwilling to confirm where Polestar will source its batteries but he did state that the company "has certainly secured our battery supply".
The company is confident that it won't suffer supply problems – which have increased lead times for other manufacturers – despite ambitions to be producing "tens of thousands of cars" per year in the near future.
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.
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 expected to take place in July 2020, while starting prices are set to fall to around £35,000 after the first 12 months of sale.