Polestar 2 range, battery & charging
Lots of charging options and competitive range figures keep the Polestar 2 on par with its rivals
|Model||Range||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|Standard Range Single||295 miles||10hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||33mins (10-80%, 130kW)|
|Long Range Single||336 miles||12hrs (0-100%, 7.4kW)||32mins (10-80%, 150kW)|
|Long Range Twin||298 miles||12hrs (0-100%, 7.4kW)||32mins (10-80%, 150kW)|
The addition of two single-motor variants of the Polestar 2 during 2021 gave buyers the choice of either a more affordable version of the Swedish coupe-SUV, or an even longer-range version that may tempt those who'd otherwise go for the Tesla Model 3.
Polestar 2 range
The entry-level, single-motor Standard Range has a range of 295 miles thanks to its 69kWh battery. That's nearly identical to what the Standard Range Plus version of the Tesla Model 3 can hit, and this version matches that car on price, too.
However, the single-motor Long Range version, which comes with a 78kWh battery, can cover 336 miles on a charge. That's less than the Tesla Model 3 Long Range, which can hit a claimed 360 miles. The dual-motor variant of the Polestar 2 uses the same 78kWh battery as the single-motor Long Range version, but its greater performance demands you sacrifice some range; it comes up just short of the 300-mile mark.
As with all electric vehicles, getting as close as possible to the car's claimed range requires careful throttle application and smooth driving. Making regular full use of the Polestar's impressive power and torque will drain the range significantly. Polestar provides an online calculator to help owners figure out how often they'll need to charge their car. A slider for weekly distance is translated into total monthly charges, total savings versus petrol or diesel and projected CO2 emissions reductions. It'll also help you find charging points.
Charging at home from a standard 7.4kW wallbox will take a full 12 hours for the larger of the two batteries, or just under 11 hours for the entry-level version. If your property has three-phase electricity, the Polestar 2 can take advantage of faster 11kW home charging, reducing those times to just over seven and around eight hours respectively for the smaller and larger batteries.
The Standard Range version can charge at up to 130kW from a fast enough rapid-charging point, while the Long Range ups this to 150kW. Their differing battery sizes means they take roughly the same amount of time (just over half an hour) to top up from 10 to 80% capacity from a public charger, although obviously you'll be adding a little more range for every minute spent charging the larger-battery car.
All Polestar 2 models come as standard with a Type 2 charging cable, along with a three-pin home-charging cable. There's no official home wallbox as you'll find with some other manufacturers, but Polestar suggests Pod Point as its preferred supplier on its website.
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 & charging - currently readingLots 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 make up for what's likely to be an expensive insurance premium for the Polestar 2
- 4Performance, motor & driveIt's fast, grippy and safe – and you can make it even quicker with a software update – but the Polestar 2 doesn't offer the last word in driving pleasure
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortGreat build quality, familiar architecture and impressive Google-powered infotainment all count in the Polestar 2's favour here
- 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