Polestar 2 interior, dashboard & comfort
Great build quality, familiar architecture and impressive Google-powered infotainment all count in the Polestar 2's favour
Inside, the Polestar 2 feels cool and comfortable; the minimalist style of the exterior continues with clean lines, high-quality materials and a large, Android-powered central infotainment screen that’s used to control most primary functions and features slick Google-integrated services.
Standard equipment is generous, build quality is good and all versions come as standard with vegan-friendly trim, which can be switched out for leather at extra cost. Polestar follows Volvo's lead with a set of excellent seats, a smattering of attractive wood inlays and a general feel of simple, considered design that doesn't quite go to the ruthlessly minimalist levels that Tesla achieves in its cars.
Polestar 2 dashboard
Volvo owners will find the Polestar 2's dashboard familiar in its general architecture, particularly with its high-set dashboard, high-waisted doors and Volvo-derived steering wheel. The centre console is a departure, however, rising high up between the front-seat passengers to meet the large floating portrait touchscreen, a sculptural drive selector and a tactile rotary control for infotainment navigation. Three trim options are available, with a choice between black ash or reconstructed wood trims, and there are also three upholstery options.
Equipment, options & accessories
Polestar hasn't skimped on standard equipment for the 2, doing away with conventional trim levels in the process. All three variants – the Standard Range single-motor, Long Range single-motor and Long Range dual-motor – get the same standard equipment. That includes Polestar's Android-powered infotainment system displayed on an 11.5-inch central touchscreen, plus a 12.3-inch driver's display behind the steering wheel. Google Maps sat nav is standard, as is Android Auto as you'd expect – but Apple CarPlay doesn't feature yet.
All Polestar 2s also come with 19-inch wheels, LED lights front and rear, a rear-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, frameless mirrors and a vegan-friendly interior. Together with a full suite of safety and driver assistance systems, the Polestar 2's impressive level of standard equipment means it's more than a match for the Tesla Model 3 in terms of value for money, while also giving some more expensive rivals cause for concern.
A small selection of options packs is available. The Plus Pack adds a panoramic glass roof, 13-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, WeaveTech vegan upholstery, Black Ash deco panels, fully electric heated front seats with memory, heated rear seats, steering wheel and wiper blades, and a heat pump. The Pilot Pack includes additional safety and driver-assistance features such as Pixel LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree surround-view camera, all-round parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring and rear collision warning.
Finally, there’s the Performance Pack (£5,000) which is only available on the dual-motor version. This adds adjustable 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 calipers and valve caps. The dampers are adjustable in 22 different ways, allowing you to tailor the car's ride and handling to your taste in a much more fine-grained way than regular 'normal', 'comfort' and 'sport' presets, according to Polestar.
The rest of the options list is limited to paint finishes, leather upholstery and an electric tow bar. You can also add 20-inch alloy wheels to non-Performance Pack cars. A range of accessories is also offered, including child seats, roof racks and extra charging cables.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
A headline feature for Polestar – and one that's soon to arrive on all Volvo models, too – is its Android-powered infotainment system. The system comes with a full complement of Google services, including slick Google Maps sat nav, multi-language voice recognition, Google Assistant and access to the Google Play Store.
It's particularly good news if you're an Android phone user or an existing proponent of the Google ecosystem – but those with iPhones may not be so impressed. There's no denying the system works well, however: the 11.5-inch touchscreen looks good and is snappy and easy to use. Polestar says it's working on adding Apple CarPlay connectivity in the future, along with the addition of Apple apps to the Google Play Store – but the likelihood of the latter actually happening is pretty low.
In This Review
- 1VerdictWith the addition of two single-motor variants, Polestar's Tesla Model 3 rival is more affordable, but still strikes a great balance between practicality and desirability
- 2Range, battery & chargingLots of charging options and a competitive range keep the Polestar 2 on par with its rivals
- 3Running costs & insuranceGenerous standard servicing deal and zero road tax make up for what's likely to be an expensive insurance premium for the Polestar 2
- 4Performance, motor & driveIt's fast, grippy and safe, but the Polestar 2 doesn't offer the last word in driving pleasure
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfort - currently readingGreat build quality, familiar architecture and impressive Google-powered infotainment all count in the Polestar 2's favour
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityIt's spacious and comfortable enough for most families, but the Polestar 2's sloping roof does hinder practicality a little
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThere's no concrete data yet, but Volvo roots bode well for the Polestar 2 in these areas