Polestar 2 electric motor, drive & performance
It's fast, grippy and safe, but the Polestar 2 doesn't offer the last word in driving pleasure
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First impressions on the move are good: the Polestar 2 strikes a nice balance between control and comfort, even with the 22-way Performance Pack dampers fitted. Our test car had these set somewhere in the middle of their range and it felt firm but pliant on most surfaces.
It’s agile, too – stability is great, there's loads of grip and body control is excellent. Come out the other side of a corner and there’s more than enough performance on tap – noiseless, linear forward shove is ready and waiting at any speed, while sitting at a cruise is a relaxed experience thanks to the hushed, well-isolated interior.
The firm ride means the car jiggles along some rougher roads but it's not terminal; opt for some smaller wheels and this may well be reduced. There's lots of grip on offer and the car feels like it uses its considerable weight to its advantage in this regard.
Overall, the Polestar 2 doesn't feel as poised or punchy as a Tesla Model 3, but the performance on offer is still addictive: press hard on the accelerator at any speed and there's instant access to more power than you could ever need. Slightly dead steering lets the side down, however
Polestar 2 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration
The Polestar 2 has 300kW on tap, which equates to 402bhp, plus 660Nm of torque. This means there's huge acceleration available; 0-60mph takes 4.7 seconds, while overtaking feels effortless. It's not quite as fast as a Tesla Model 3, but feels brisk, effortless and safe all the same. Top speed is 127mph.
Those looking to match this performance with improved handling can opt for the Performance Pack, which adds yellow-calipered Brembo brakes, adjustable Ohlins suspension and 20-inch forged alloy wheels, plus natty gold-coloured seatbelts inside.
In This Review
- 1VerdictAs the most direct Tesla Model 3 rival yet, the Polestar 2 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 costsGenerous standard servicing deal and zero road tax make up for what's likely to be an expensive insurance premium for the Polestar 2
- 4Electric motor, drive & performance - currently readingIt's fast, grippy and safe, but the Polestar 2 doesn't offer the last word in driving pleasure
- 5Interior & comfortGreat build quality, familiar architecture and impressive Google-powered infotainment all count in the Polestar 2's favour
- 6Practicality & boot spaceIt's spacious and comfortable enough for most families, but the Polestar 2's sloping roof does hinder practicality a little
- 7Reliability & safetyThere's no concrete data yet, but Volvo roots bode well for the Polestar 2 in these areas