Polestar 2 running costs
Generous standard servicing deal and zero road tax make up for what's likely to be an expensive insurance premium for the Polestar 2
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2020/21 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|50 (estimated)||3yrs / 60,000 miles||Variable||£0|
While some details have still to be confirmed with regards to the Polestar 2's running costs, it appears to sit on a par with other high-end electric cars. Fuel costs are naturally a thing of the past, with just electricity bills to worry about: similarly, for the 2020/21 tax year, you won't have to worry about company-car tax or VED (road tax).
Insurance has the potential to be punchy, as with so many premium offerings in this class, but you should save money on servicing and mechanical repairs given the 2's relative lack of moving parts. Polestar helpfully rolls three years' servicing into the deal, along with three years' roadside assistance and three years' free access to connected infotainment services.
Polestar 2 insurance group
The Polestar 2 sits in insurance group 42, thanks mainly to its lower-volume production and abundance of fancy technology. As a yardstick, its Tesla Model 3 rival occupies groups 48 and 50, depending on specification.
Polestar cars are covered by a three-year/60,000-mile warranty as standard, while its battery is covered for eight years or 100,000 miles. In comparison, the Tesla Model 3 comes with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty, with its battery covered for eight years or 150,000 miles.
The Polestar 2 comes with three years' servicing (up to 31,250 miles) included in the asking price: intervals aren't specified, rather Polestar will contact you when your car needs maintenance. Servicing dates are figured out according to the car's running time and distance covered. Alternatively, you can book your Polestar in for a service if a message pops up on the car's screen.
Being a pure-electric car, the Polestar 2 could save company-car drivers thousands of pounds in Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax. For the 2020/21 tax year, electric-car drivers pay zero BiK, rising to just 1% in 2021/22 and 2% in 2022/23. In addition, there's no annual road tax (VED) to pay; if you thought a plug-in hybrid looked attractive from this perspective, try a Polestar 2 for size.
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 costs - currently readingGenerous 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 & performanceIt'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