In-depth reviews

Polestar 2 reliability & safety rating

There's no concrete data yet, but Volvo roots bode well for the Polestar 2 in these areas

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating rating

4.0 out of 5

Euro NCAPAdult protectionChild protectionSafety assist
5 stars (2021)92%89%86%

As it's a recent release from a low-volume manufacturer, there's a lot still to be found out about the Polestar 2's reliability credentials. However, parent firm Volvo's decent reputation for dependability bodes well. Its famous focus on safety has been maintained, too, with a five-star overall rating and very strong individual scores in Euro NCAP crash-testing for the Polestar 2.

Polestar 2 reliability & problems

You needn’t worry about reliability. While the Polestar brand is still relatively unknown, its Volvo parent company performed well in the most recent Driver Power owner satisfaction survey – placing ninth in the rundown of the top 29 manufacturers. One of the few complaints Volvo owners listed was with regards to running costs, although that’s unlikely to be any cause for concern here.


Euro NCAP released its crash-test results for the Polestar 2 in March 2021 and it performed very well, with a five-star overall rating and scores of 92%, 89% and 86% respectively for adult protection, child protection and safety assistance.

On the active safety side of things, there's plenty to help keep impacts from happening in the first place: access to all of the latest Volvo systems is a good thing. All Polestar 2s get a collision mitigation system, which uses front and rear-facing radars to take 'preventative measures' when a crash is likely to occur; these include warning the driver by a pulsing through the brake pedal or visual and audio cues, followed by an application of the brakes if required. The system also incorporates steering assistance, seatbelt pre-tensioners and automatic pre-braking.

Other safety systems are available as part of the Pilot Pack, which includes 'Pilot Assist' lane-keeping assistance, Pixel LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree surround-view camera, all-round parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring and rear collision warnings.

Most Popular

Top 10 best seven-seater electric and hybrid cars 2021
Mercedes EQB
Best cars

Top 10 best seven-seater electric and hybrid cars 2021

If the regular crop of electrified SUVs and family cars don’t provide enough practicality for you, then take a closer look at the range of electric an…
5 Oct 2021
Top 10 best luxury electric cars 2021
Best cars

Top 10 best luxury electric cars 2021

From Audi to Tesla, here are our top picks of the most luxurious zero-emissions motoring options on the market right now
7 Oct 2021
Complete guide to the IONITY charging network
Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback charging
Your questions answered

Complete guide to the IONITY charging network

The manufacturer-backed IONITY rapid-charging network is expanding across the UK and Europe – here's all you need to know
13 Oct 2021