Haven’t you heard of Polestar? you are not alone. Three different times during my test in Los Angeles – all while waiting for this fast-charging electric dynamo – a passerby asked, “What is that?”
You cannot blame them. Not only is the Polestar badge a kid when it comes to the current market, my black tester was indistinguishable from the vehicles next to it in the spot where I picked it up around midnight. I had to click my power switch to see which group of headlights are flashing to find it.
So, assuming you might not recognize the badge either, here’s an overview of this awesome ride with the funny name.
Firstly, it is a 4-door sedan with fastback characteristics. But it weighs 4,397 pounds, which is what some SUVs weigh. However, it feels feather-light.
The Polestar 2 starts at $49,900, and with all options and delivery charges, it tops out at $58,400. You’ll get front-wheel drive with a single-engine version with a range of about 270 miles, depending on your footing, of course. Go for the dual-motor – my test machine – and your range drops, but you’ll also get all-wheel drive and plenty of punch.
As with most electric cars, you take off like a silent shot, making it more fun both in town and on the highway, making you jump from a dead stop to 60 mph in just 4 seconds. The Twin Engine also offers an optional Performance Package that offers 20-inch wheels with performance tires, adjustable dampers and upgraded Brembo brakes.
The handling is nice and sharp as well, and those brakes—sometimes a weak point in the electrics—are strong and fast. Moreover, there are three levels of regenerative braking – one of which can stop the car without the driver touching the brakes. Made that buzz around Mulholland driving gasoline, eh, my pleasure, sorry.
Select the Plus package and you will increase the luxury factor as well as receive a mechanical heat pump that will increase your range by 10%, it is said. The over-the-air upgrade will increase the Polestar 2 twin-engine’s power and torque from 408 to 476 and 487 to 502 respectively.
You’re rolling on a “compact modular architecture,” aka CMA, like its sister company’s XC40. Your battery is a 75.0 kWh lithium-ion battery pack located underground, capable of fast charging up to 150 kWh. Polestar says you can recharge an empty battery to 80 percent in 40 minutes, really good news. It took about 90 minutes to go from 17% to 85%, which is nothing. Finding a pump near where I was staying was quite another magella, to which I will dedicate an article in the future. But we know this about electric cars. Unless you have a charger in your house to plug in every night, you’re at the mercy of whatever is around you when you need your juice.
The two-motor version achieves about 89 mph, and in theory you’ll get 249 miles on a full charge.
The more I drove the Polestar 2, the more I liked its interior, which is unlike any other manufacturer. The lines are clean. Transformation is a funny little episode that you don’t even need to look at to find it. The flavor is very mild but muted and not pronounced. You have vegan fabric on the seats, although leather is available if you want one.
Storage-wise, it’s small in the trunk at 14 cubic feet, but open the “trunk” at the snout for extra room—one cubic foot.
I loved the 12.3-inch iPad-ish range of Polestar 2 with its huge fonts and perfectly clear icons. Do you hear, Lexus? It took absolutely no time to sync my phone and the sound from the Harman/Kardon system was great, crunchy, and loud.
Incidentally, the Polestar 2 was the first car in the world to feature an infotainment system powered by Google’s Android Automotive OS, with Google built in. Thanks to the integration of Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Play Store, you will get the best in voice recognition and navigation systems. However, I found the screen in front of the steering wheel fairly straight.
Bonus feature – The Air Quality System included in the Polestar 2 Plus package detects pollutants and pollen and adjusts the passenger cabin filter to help keep them out. The car also makes “flashing” sounds to alert pedestrians to their presence.
Safety features include standard blind-spot monitoring, standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and standard adaptive cruise control.
Warranty and maintenance coverage
The limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles, electrical components are covered for eight years or 100,000 miles, and surprisingly no free scheduled maintenance is offered.
Again, this test got better and better with time and by the end I loved the Polestar 2’s body and ride. Check out your options of course, but if you want something really unique that offers everything anyone would love in electric cars, this is a really good choice.
From the company: “From 2022, Polestar plans to launch one new electric vehicle per year, starting with the Polestar 3 – the first all-electric SUV expected to debut in October 2022. The Polestar 4 is expected to follow in 2023, The smallest electric performance coupe SUV.”