Polestar has a history...
Originally a performance tuning company focused on racing Volvo vehicles, Polestar Racing (acquired officially by Volvo in 2015), now Polestar, has a history of performance and a dedication to the passion of automotive excellence. While the company says it has no heritage, we disagree entirely. They have a unique story that has lead to the creation of one of the fastest and more powerful vehicles we've ever tested: the Polestar 2.
The first all-electric offering from the company is no slouch, especially the AWD model we had the pleasure of spending time with for an entire month. As you might expect, spending that much time with a car allows for impressions one might not get after only a few hours. And we developed plenty of thoughts on the model, some good, and naturally, some not so good.
Initial impressions of the Polestar 2 were all glowing. One of the first things you notice is the aggressive exterior styling, especially the front grill area. We found the lighting assembly and fenders hold your attention on the front end. The side profile of the vehicle is a little more mundane and nondescript. The rear of the Polestar 2, however, has a LED light bar that extends from one side of the car all the way to the other that we found to be unique and attractive. This also makes the Polestar very easily identifiable at nighttime.
Moving to the interior our impressions are more mixed. The materials that comprise the dashboard, door trim, and seats were all premium in nature. Soft where you want, firm where necessary. The interior design is pleasing and easy on the eyes. A center display allows for many vehicle settings to be changed including steering feel, regenerative braking strength, and charging limits.
However, we found that the Polestar 2 sacrificed interior width in exchange for side crash-worthiness. We wished for an extra 4 inches of space in between the driver and passenger that would allow for an additional cup holder. As it is, the second cup holder can only be accessed by lifting the arm rest forcing you to lose a place to rest your elbow if you wanted a second place to store a drink.
The Polestar 2 doesn't exactly charge very quickly either. On a 150 kW DC fast charger, we were able to charge from 0-90% in about an hour... but according to the car's estimates, that last 10% would have taken an additional hour. If the Polestar 2 were $5k-$10k less expensive we might be more willing to look past these shortcomings, but the dual motor AWD model has a MSRP of $51,900, which is asking a bit too much considering the alternatives in the marketplace. As tested, our vehicle would cost $58,750.
Oh... but the performance!
Overall, we did find the Polestar 2 AWD to be an excellent competitor to the Tesla Model 3 for people who really don't want a Tesla Model 3. It's premium without being too extra. Refined, sporty, and powerful.