The Polestar 2 is the real deal for EV enthusiasts who crave for a car with an affordable price tag, Swedish fashion sense, and stunning design. With its common sense and practical approach, it’s giving Tesla a run for its money. So, hold onto your hats and get ready to be wowed by the Polestar 2!
Polestar, once Volvo’s racing skunkworks, has transformed into an independent electric offshoot co-owned by Volvo and Geely, building electric cars in China for global sale. And now, with the Polestar 2, the brand is aiming straight for the top by taking on the biggest player in the EV scene, Tesla Model 3.
But it’s not just a game of endurance, as Polestar wants to do things differently. The Polestar 2’s CEO, Thomas Ingenlath, hints that the brand’s unique selling points will be build quality and the completeness of the car and ownership experience, rather than just 0-100 km/h. times. They want to create desirable and rapid electric cars, but with Scandi common sense and Swedish fashion sense.
This EV is a real looker and is loaded with presence. It’s crisp and fresh with clean-cut lines and doesn’t feature any fake vents or dummy-aero nonsense. It’s designed to look like the car of the future and not contrived, yet still different enough from a Volvo S60. With its superb build quality, the Polestar 2 is not just another gimmick-laden EV designed to wow you at first but fall apart later.
The car comes in three versions: the entry-level ‘Standard Range Single Motor’ with a 70kWh battery capable of up to 300 km of range, the ‘Long Range Single Motor’ with a 80kWh battery and a claimed 550 km of range, and the top-spec ‘Long Range Dual Motor’ edition, which features electric motors on the front and rear axle and up to 484 km of range. The latter develops just over 400bhp split 50/50 front-rear and can be upgraded further with Polestar’s Performance Pack for an additional €5,700.
The Polestar 2 uses its height not only to offer a commanding view of the road but also to carve out space for the water-cooled battery pack beneath the cabin. The ride is a little firm, but it’s well-finished, practical, and drives pleasingly. And with the brand starting to show its potential and momentum, it’s definitely one to watch out for. Tesla, are you listening?