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Polestar 2 Long Range Single Motor Review

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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

The electric vehicle market is abuzz with new models, and one that stands out is the Polestar 2, writes Tim Barnes-Clay.

With its distinctive saloon-like appearance and a hatchback boot opening, the Polestar 2 sets itself apart in the electric vehicle (EV) crowd. This car is not just another EV but a compelling choice if you seek practical and high-performance ‘green’ transport. Its maximum power of 499PS and impressive WLTP driving range of 379 to 406 miles make it a strong contender against the Tesla Model 3.

If you have yet to hear of Polestar, the marque is Volvo’s electric sub-brand, and the Polestar 2 was the first car to really separate it from the Swedish automaker. The vehicle incorporates the latest battery and efficiency updates, making it one of the longest-range executive-cum-family EVs you can buy or lease.

Compared with some of its SUV-crossover foes, the Polestar 2 has a significant advantage when it comes to range. Even the Volvo XC40 Recharge, which shares the Polestar’s structural foundations, has a shorter reach until 2025 updates are ushered in. Other rivals, such as the Peugeot E-3008, are worth considering if you need even more practicality, but unlike the Polestar 2, it isn’t perceived as a premium car.

As mentioned, the Polestar 2’s practicality is a standout feature, especially compared with Tesla’s Model 3. Unlike the Model 3’s smaller boot lid, its hatchback design makes it a more functional car to live with if you regularly transport bulky items, such as a pushchair. Its unique driving position, a balance between an SUV’s raised ride height and a traditional saloon’s lower stance, further enhances its appeal, making it a versatile option for everyday use.

Polestar has also incorporated Google’s Android operating system into the 2, making it easy to use. The vehicle gets over-the-air updates, too, so it can install the latest apps and software without hassle.

The Polestar 2 has undergone significant changes to enhance its performance recently. The electric motor has been moved from the front wheels to the rear wheels on the entry-level model, a transformation that adds a new level of excitement to the Polestar’s driving experience. This change might even intrigue a typical BMW fanatic. The 2’s brakes also have impressive stopping power, further boosting its performance credentials.

In conclusion, the latest Polestar 2 drives great and has impressive range and efficiency. It also boasts an excellent infotainment interface, is functional and practical, and looks sexy inside and out. The Polestar 2 is a worthy challenger to the Tesla Model 3 and worth considering if you’re in the market for a posh electric car your kids will love and your Tesla-driving neighbours might be envious of.

Fast Facts – Polestar 2 Long Range Single Motor, as tested:

  • Max speed: 127 mph
  • 0-60 mph: 5.9 secs
  • Electric Range: 379 – 406 miles (WLTP)
  • Battery/Motor: 82 kWh/Single Motor
  • Max. power (PS): 299
  • CO2: 0 g/km
  • Price from: £48,950 On the Road.

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