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Polestar 2: 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

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Boot space, seating & practicality rating

4.0 out of 5

LengthWidthHeightBoot volume (seats up/down)
4,606mm1,859mm1,479mm405/1,095 litres

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 in the front, but the upright seats, sloping roofline, chunky transmission tunnel and (fitted our car) panoramic sunroof all limit how comfortable taller adults will be able to get in the back. Thankfully, there's luggage space both in the back and under the bonnet, with the Polestar’s ‘frunk’ is perfect for storing the charging cables.

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, despite the driver-focused feel. 

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Those in the rear could find things a little cramped due to the sloping angle of the roof line, however. This also means the door aperture is smaller than some might like, especially if there are child seats to fit. Similarly, as mentioned above, the car's optional 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 cup holders under the centre armrest. There's a flip-down armrest in the rear for extra comfort; all four main seats are comfortable enough minus the caveats we’ve already discussed, but centre-seat occupants are hampered by a transmission tunnel – a hangover from the Volvo XC40 – that encroaches on leg space.

Boot 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.

Towing

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.

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Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site Carbuyer.co.uk, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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