Polestar 2 vs Tesla Model 3: verdict and specifications

It's a close fight, but the Model 3 just edges the Polestar as a package

Polestar 2 vs Tesla Model 3

There's a lot to like about each of these cars; both are on the cutting edge of electric-car technology and have desirability, performance and that minimalist cool factor on their side. Each is a remarkably versatile family-car proposition, with strong real-world range and lots of space; the Polestar is the sportier choice, the Tesla more relaxed in its demeanour. Deciding a winner comes down to the details, and when you do this the Model 3 presents the more complete package. However, the Polestar 2 is the most convincing rival yet for the smallest Tesla – and we look forward to seeing how it improves over the coming years.

1st: Tesla Model 3 – 5.0 stars

Fast, efficient and technologically advanced, the Tesla Model 3 represents everything that's good about the disruptive American brand. It just edges its Polestar rival in some important areas, not least range and overall comfort; the fact that it's a bit more spacious and practical is the deciding factor.

2nd: Polestar 2 – 4.0 stars

A fantastic effort from a young brand, the Polestar 2 is a deeply desirable car that runs the Tesla very close in most areas. We prefer its quality interior and sportier, more engaging driving experience, but it's a little slower than the Model 3 and can't go quite as far on a charge. Overall, though, it's impressive and well worth a test drive for those considering a Tesla. 

Specifications

CarTesla Model 3 PerformancePolestar 2 Performance Pack
List price£56,490£51,900
EngineTwo electric motorsTwo electric motors
TransmissionSingle-speed auto, four-wheel driveSingle-speed auto, four-wheel drive
Battery capacity (total / usable)75 / 72.5kWh78 / 72.5kWh
Power / torque483bhp / 660Nm402bhp / 660Nm
0-60mph3.2 seconds4.7 seconds
Top speed162mph127mph
100% charge cost at 14p/kWh£10.44£10.44
Charging capability3.7 / 7.4 / 11 / 50 / 175 / 250kW2.3 / 7.4 / 11 / 50 / 150kW
Charge times37h 15m / 11h 45m / 7h 45m / 73m / 29m / 15m37h 15m / 23h 15m / 11h 45m / 7h 45m / 64m / 27m
Official electric range329 miles292 miles
On-test electric range261 miles232 miles
Road tax / BiK rate £0 / 0%£0 / 0%
Length / width / height / wheelbase4,694 / 1,933 / 1,443 / 2,875mm4,607  / 1,950 / 1,478 / 2,735mm
Boot capacity (seats up)410 Iitres370 litres

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