Polestar 2 vs Tesla Model 3: safety and reliability
Both the Polestar and Tesla are packed with some of the latest high-tech safety and driver-assistance systems
Tesla owners are famously very happy with their cars on average, while most historical reliability issues have generally been ironed out. The brand was absent from the most recent Driver Power survey but this shouldn't be cause for concern.
Polestar is such a new brand that we haven't had a chance to assess the reliability of its cars, but taking parent company Volvo into account, you can be pretty confident that the Polestar 2 will meet expectations.
Safety kit is, as you'd expect, comprehensive on the Volvo-derived Polestar: standard systems include collision avoidance, autonomous emergency braking, semi-autonomous cruise control and cross-traffic alert, plus lane-keeping and blind-spot assistance.
Tesla offers a similarly high-tech package, including semi-autonomous cruise control and the option to add near-full-self-driving features for a shade under £7,000. The latter allows for automatic lane changes and the slightly eerie 'Summon' system that sees the car park itself and return with no-one on board.
In This Review
- 1IntroThe Tesla Model 3 is the best pure-electric executive car right now. Does the Polestar 2 have what it takes to knock it off its perch?
- 2Range & chargingNeither car can match its punchy claimed figures, but both boast useful real-world ranges and zippy charging
- 3Performance & handlingThe Polestar is sharper to drive despite its weight; Tesla takes a softer-edged approach and is quicker
- 4Interior & infotainmentMinimalist, infotainment-centric design is the order of the day for both cars; Polestar pips Tesla for quality
- 5Space & practicalityThe Polestar looks bigger, but is actually slightly less practical than the well packaged Tesla
- 6Safety & reliability - currently readingBoth the Polestar and Tesla are packed with some of the latest high-tech safety and driver-assistance systems
- 7Verdict & specificationsIt's a close fight, but the Model 3 just edges the Polestar as a package