Polestar 2 review: boot space, seating & practicality
It's spacious and comfortable enough for most families, but the Polestar 2's sloping roof does hinder practicality a little
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Generally speaking, the Polestar 2 is on par with its Tesla Model 3 rival when it comes to size and interior space: the Polestar is slightly shorter and wider overall, but certainly weighs a good chunk more. There's a decent amount of room front and rear and, as with many electric cars, there's luggage space both in the back and under the bonnet. The Polestar is run close by its Tesla rival in a few areas, but on balance there's much to like about the 2's packaging and versatility.
Polestar 2 interior space, storage & comfort
There's a good amount of space inside the Polestar 2. Front-seat passengers get plenty of head, leg and elbow room, but those in the rear could find things a little cramped due to the sloping angle of the roof line. This also means the door aperture is smaller than some might like, especially if there are child seats to fit. Similarly, the car's panoramic roof robs a little space.
Interior storage is adequate – there's a cubby ahead of the drive selector on the high-set centre console, as well as two large door bins and further space, plus two cupholders, under the centre armrest. There's a flip-down armrest in the rear for extra comfort; all four main seats are very comfortable, but centre-seat occupants are hampered by a transmission tunnel – a hangover from the Volvo XC40 – that encroaches on leg space.
There are two boots in the Polestar 2: one in the traditional location and another under the bonnet. This 'frunk' is small and slightly less usable than that found in a Tesla Model 3, but has enough space for some charging cables.
The main boot measures 405 litres – 20 litres down on its Tesla rival – but has the benefit of a full hatchback opening rather than the Tesla's 'letterbox' saloon aperture. That should make loading larger items far easier. Volume is limited by the steep rake of the rear window, as is the view out the back. A total of 1,095 litres can be freed up by dropping the rear seats.
While some electric cars aren't rated for towing, every version of the Polestar 2 can haul a 1,500kg trailer with the optional tow bar fitted. That's enough weight to be able to pull a medium-sized caravan or a sailing dinghy, but it's worth noting that towing with the Polestar 2 is likely to reduce its range quite significantly.
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 competitive range figures keep the Polestar 2 on par with its rivals
- 3Running costs & insuranceGenerous standard servicing deal and zero road tax until 2025 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 & infotainmentGreat build quality, familiar architecture and impressive Google-powered infotainment all count in the Polestar 2's favour here
- 6Boot space, seating & practicality - currently readingIt'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