2022 Polestar 2 review

A comprehensive review of the Polestar 2

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2022 Polestar 2

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Critic reviews

WebsiteRatingQuotes
Wheels86%"The Polestar may not match either the Model 3 or Ioniq 5 for safety features, but neither does it make them completely unavailable. And it's cheaper than the Ioniq, so that somewhat softens that argument – a well-specced Standard range or Long range model still comes in under the price of the Ioniq."Read more
CarExpert82%"Having driven the single-motor Polestar 2 Long range, the dual-motor on test here (with Plus and Pilot Packs, without Performance Pack) is where my money would be going in the line-up. We'll have to put it head-to-head with the Model 3 for a final verdict, but the Polestar 2 should give Tesla some sleepless nights."Read more
Drive81%"I actually think the smart option in the Polestar 2 range is the entry-grade. Obviously, the more money you spend, the more performance you get, but there's a lot to like about the $59,990 before on-road costs [of the] Standard range Single motor variant. It certainly doesn't feel like it's lacking after driving the more expensive dual-motor variant."Read more
CarsGuide84%"Finally, a proper rival to shake Tesla's Model 3. The Polestar 2 is a triumph in its design, performance and particularly its price. I'll be surprised if it doesn't catch on with Australia's increasingly EV-curious populace."Read more

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A comprehensive review of the 2022 Polestar 2

Polestar 2 range pricing and specs

The Polestar 2 line-up is minimal, meaning you won't feel like you're overwhelmed by decisions. You're choosing the trim you want, your favourite paint colour and any options you'd like.

Prices start from $64,607.46.

Polestar 2 Standard range, Single motor

The Polestar 2 Standard range Single motor is the least expensive of the range.

Highlights include:

  • 170kW AC motor FWD, single-speed and 69kWh battery
  • Michelin Primacy 4
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • LED headlights and "Thor's Hammer" DRLs, auto-dimming
  • 11.15-inch centre display
  • Android Automotive infotainment system
  • Google built-in (Google Maps, Google Assistant, Google Play Store)
  • 4 x USB-C ports
  • 8-speaker 250W sound system
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • Lifetime Over-The-Air updates
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Keyless entry with hands-free tailgate
  • Semi-electric driver's seat with memory
  • 4-way power lumbar adjustment
  • Rearview camera
  • Front and parking assist
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Safety assists:
    • Collision avoidance mitigation (with braking and steering support, vehicle and pedestrian detection, day and night)
    • Run-off road mitigation
    • Forward collision warning
    • Oncoming lane mitigation
    • Lane keeping aid (with steering aid)
    • Road sign information

A decent specification, though some of the standard features on other models are optional on the Polestar 2.

Single motor, Long range and Dual motor, Long range

The Single motor Long range Polestar 2 has the same power and torque outputs as the Single motor Standard range. The Dual motor Long range model has a second motor and is AWD rather than FWD.

Those models cost from $69,857.46 and $75,107.45 drive-away respectively.

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Standard range Single motorLong range Single motorLong range Dual motor
Single motor, single-speed, standard range: $64,608Single motor, single-speed, long range: $69,857.46Dual motor, single-speed, long range: $75,107.45

The Polestar 2 is available in one no-cost paint colour, Void, which is a shade of black.

Other paint options include:

  • Snow (white)
  • Magnesium
  • Thunder
  • Moon
  • Midnight

These are all priced at $1,400.

The above prices are drive-away prices taken from Polestar Australia as of March 2022 – they may include offers.

Overview

The Polestar 2 is a unique-looking crossover-style electric vehicle. It looks modern, crisp and clean. The spec list is solid, though some of the features you'll find as standard fitments with rival cars make up optional packs for the Polestar 2. It has excellent build quality, a sorted ride, surprising performance and a polished Google-based infotainment system. Plus, Polestar isn't taking liberties with pricing, meaning that depending on where you live, it could qualify for some tempting subsidies.

If you're in the market for an EV, definitely try and test drive the Polestar 2. It sounds like one of the better options.

WebsiteProsConsNotable quote
Wheels
  • Remarkable cabin
  • Tremendous ride
  • Stunning chassis
  • Apple CarPlay coming later as Over-The-Air update
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert not standard fitment
  • Cost of packs
  • Key feels budget
"It looks great, is well priced and has a beautifully balanced chassis. It's not going to convince the haters – nothing can, let's face it – but along with the Ioniq, the Polestar 2 is proof that EV capability is going up while prices are edging slowly down.

It's also got huge backing from Geely and Volvo and that Australian connection to the brand will surely yield a few conversions."

CarExpert
  • Refined, elegant drive
  • Head-turning muscle-car looks
  • Polished Google-based infotainment
  • Top-end model should have Pilot Package as standard
  • Cosy rear row needs more storage room
  • Model 3 has longer range
"Be careful with the options, and the Long range Dual motor represents good value – not just relative to electric cars, but relative to petrol- and diesel-powered premium alternatives. The security of all-wheel drive is appealing, and the amount of performance on offer is just about perfect in the real world."
Drive
  • Stellar build quality
  • User-friendly tech
  • Great powertrain options
  • Shadeless glass roof not great for Oz
  • Firm ride
  • Optional safety assists could be standard
"Right now, though, if you're looking for an EV and you're unsure which model to consider, the Polestar 2 should be on your list."
CarsGuide
  • Attractive pricing
  • Scandinavian design
  • Ride and dynamics
  • Optional safety tech
  • Some rivals more practical
  • Energy efficiency
"It's particularly impressive that the Polestar 2 provides this level of comfort and ability at the price."

Motor, battery and performance

The Polestar 2 is powered by a motor and batteries.

Polestar 2 electric motor

Polestar uses AC synchronous motors with permanent magnets supplied by Valeo-Siemens. Depending on the configuration of your Polestar 2, there'll either be 1 or 2 fitted.

Power is rated at 170kW when kitted out in the FWD, single motor configuration. Torque is rated at 330Nm.

When opting for the Dual motor Polestar 2, power output jumps to a very sporty 300kW and torque is doubled at 660Nm.

Polestar drops in a single-speed transmission, as do pretty much all electric vehicle makers.

Polestar 2 battery

Standard range Polestar 2s have a 69kWh (67 of which are usable), lithium-ion prismatic-cell battery rated at 400 volts. For the Long range and Long range Dual motor Polestar 2, the battery gets boosted to 78kWh (with 75kWh usable) and is made of pouch-type cells. Pouch style batteries present packaging benefits and higher energy density.

Car reviewers' impressions of the Polestar 2 engine and transmission line-up

How did motoring journalists find the Polestar 2's motor?

One got the sense it had almost limitless torque. They were driving a dual-motor model and they said it was more like a hot-hatch in its response. Reportedly, off the line, it's very quick to respond and it's possible to spin the tyres a little if you try. Once up to higher speeds, they also found the Polestar 2 still has enough zip to push you back into your seat when accelerating.

The same tester also commended Polestar's accelerator pedal. They said it had the perfect amount of travel, which meant you could easily control the car without things getting bouncy. Another reviewer backed this up, saying the acceleration was instantaneous.

Other testers who had the Standard range Polestar 2, with less power, still found it was forceful and lively.

In short, it's fast. One reviewer was quick to point out it's not as rapid as the Tesla Model 3, but you need to honestly ask yourself if you really need a car that'll keep up with some of the 90s hypercars to 100km/h.

It was reported that the Long range Polestar 2 has zero lag when depressing the throttle. This model is apparently perfectly capable of safe, speedy highway overtakes.

The regenerative braking system was received well. It's purportedly on par with Tesla's offering. It was also observed that when you turn off regen-braking, which reclaims otherwise wasted energy through deceleration for higher efficiency, the brakes still feel good. That's good, as that motoring expert stated many other EVs have very stiff feeling brakes in this mode.

It was noted that because of the regen-braking system, only those who take their Polestar 2 to the track will ever truly need the Brembo brakes that come in the Performance Pack.

Polestar 2 engine and transmission figures

Single motor, Standard range

Single motor, Long range

Dual motor, Long range

Motor typeValeo-Siemens AC synchronous, permanent magnet
DrivetrainFWDAWD
Battery size400V lithium-ion
Battery capacity69kWh (67kWh usable)78kWh (75kWh usable)
Max power170kW300kW
Max torque330Nm660Nm
Energy consumption197wH per km234wH per km
Electric-only range (WLTP)470km540km480km
Acceleration (0-100km/h)7.4 seconds4.7 seconds
Top speed (km/h)160km/h205km/h
SecurityAlarm with interior motion sensor
TransmissionSingle-speed automatic
Towing capacity (braked)1,500kg

Polestar 2 energy efficiency and ranges

How much energy does the Polestar 2 use? We use the government fuel and energy economy website, the Green Vehicle Guide for all our reviews.

170kW motor

With a single 170kW motor, the Polestar 2 uses 197Wh per kilometre. For comparison, the Tesla Model 3 Standard range uses 132Wh per kilometre.

Range for this motor is 470 kilometres in the Standard range and 540 kilometres on the Long range Polestar 2.

Driving 14,000kms per year, 66% of the time around town, equates to a theoretical annual energy spend of $827.

300kW dual motor

The 300kW Polestar 2 uses 234Wh/km. Under the same above driving conditions, the Green Vehicle Guide estimates you'd spend $982 annually on electricity.

The official range of this model is 480 kilometres.

Something you should know about energy consumption figures

Energy consumption figures are derived from a harmonised testing procedure. This Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) is designed to emulate real-world driving conditions, but it is the same for all models. You can compare them on an even baseline.

However, on public roads you may not achieve the same energy efficiency, because the conditions are so varied. Anything from the number of passengers you're carrying to the local terrain affects the achievable range.

How economical was the Polestar 2? And what was the range like?

One of the testers driving a Single motor Long range Polestar 2 achieved 400km of range rather than the claimed 540km. However, they did concede that they drove it quite aggressively, that their test car may not have ever gone through a single full battery cycle and they only drove the car for less than a day. So a longer-term test would be more realistic. They acknowledged more testing was required. Another tester also logged near 400 kilometre range from the same variant.

One of the other motoring experts driving a Standard range Polestar 2 suggested it managed to travel 300 kilometres.

If you're going to buy an electric car, you'll definitely want to keep a record of how far you travel each day. Do this for a few weeks if you can, even a month. Then add up the total kilometres before dividing the sum by the number of days you've logged. That'll give you a figure you typically travel daily. The longer you record your kilometrage, the better.

Handling

How does the Polestar 2 handle?

One of the journos said the Polestar 2 drove like a normal car, which is quite a feat of engineering considering the weight of the batteries. It's certainly not a light car. This surprised the motoring writer.

One of the testers found the suspension was pliant and not overly firm. The optional Öhlins dampers, according to 1 tester, made the car precisely balanced between firmness for rapid handling and comfort for the passengers. The Polestar 2 supposedly doesn't have the same floaty sensation when it's riding over undulations present in some EV rivals. One cool feature that probably won't be used by many buyers is that these dampers are manually-adjustable, with 22 steps. 22 is super soft, 1 is extra stiff. It seems like it may be a little homage to Polestar's origins as a motorsport team, but in reality, very few Polestar 2 owners are likely to adjust their suspension. It's not hugely difficult to do if you have even the most basic bit of mechanical know-how, but it does seem more of a novelty than a necessity. It appears that most of the testers found the suspension to be very good, managing round town driving and twisty roads.

Quite a few of the motoring experts likened the Polestar 2 to a hot-hatch, 1 even saying it surpassed that level of performance on the road. Again, that's high praise considering the size of the care. They said the steering wasn't the most communicative, but they didn't hate the sensation it delivered, adding that it provided sufficient feedback to the driver.

One of the testers believed that the regen-braking was highly intuitive. Others described it as smooth and refined, on par with the Tesla Model 3.

A reviewer perhaps summed things up best when they said because the Dual motor model had AWD and thanks to the Polestar's handling characteristics, it was an easy car to drive quickly.

Interior and equipment

What did car reviewers think of the Polestar 2 interior?

With something that's part of the Volvo family, expectations going in are high.

And it seems that reviewers found the Polestar 2 interior was great quality. One of the motoring experts said it was blissfully quiet, so much so that they found everyday trips relaxing. Apparently, around town, there's no wind noise to speak of.

One of the common complaints was that the Polestar has a transmission hump in the back, which electric cars don't typically have. That's because the Polestar shares a Volvo platform with vehicles such as the XC40 SUV. This led 1 tester to call it a 4-seater, with the fifth middle seat best suited to occasional use. This was the only negative point for that particular reviewer, with them describing the rest of the cabin as otherwise brilliant.

Another grumble was the sunroof eats into headroom a touch. You'll want to check to see if that's an issue for you. Also 1 of the testers commented that the rear window was a little too small, but not enough to seriously impede your view. On the topic of the rear windows, a reviewer said things were a bit dingy. Confusingly, another source contradicted this view, saying it was very bright in the back.

Another more Australia-specific problem is the optional glass roof's lack of a shade. However, they added that this was a beautiful feature even if it does make the cabin toasty.

It seems one of the standout features of the Polestar 2 for the reviewers was the infotainment screen. It's based on Android Automotive, making the Polestar the first car to use it. The screen measures a whopping 11.15 inches, though Teslas have bigger displays (15 inches on the Model 3). Polestar has gathered a lot of praise even from die-hard Apple enthusiasts. Apple CarPlay is coming, just later, through an Over-The-Air update. One reviewer did say that even though it has good iOS integration through Bluetooth, they wanted proper, native Apple CarPlay.

Apparently, Polestar's use of recycled plastics and textured surfaces is pleasing to the eye and touch.

The Polestar 2 has 2 cupholders up front and 2 in the rear.

Space-wise, there's a good amount in the back, although the Model 3 according to 1 tester has more space. Rear passengers get air vents which are always good to see, plus 2 USB-C chargers. Apparently, the second-row seat bases aren't contoured as much as the front seats, meaning the headroom for the taller people among us takes a hit. There are also bottle holders in the doors.

It was suggested that the Nappa leather was one of the best quality testers have found in a car worth less than a couple of hundred grand.

The boot is also okay. It's a reasonable size, but not excessive. Reviewers said it had a practical flat floor. Plus, because it's an electric car, you get a front boot where the engine would normally be. Evidently, it's a decent size and makes the perfect place to store your charging cables and other random oddments. As with most new cars, you don't get a spare wheel. Instead, you'll find a tyre repair kit.

In summary, the Polestar 2 has a high-end and premium interior that's well made throughout.

Polestar 2 safety, security and driver assists

Standard range motorLong range Single motorLong range Dual motor
ANCAP rating5
8 airbags:
  • Driver
  • Front passenger
  • Front seats side chest protection
  • Front seats head protection
  • Second-row head protection
  • Centre
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
Roll stability system
Secondary multi-collision brake
Head restraints on all seats
Active bonnet
Oncoming Lane Mitigation
Adaptive Cruise ControlPilot Lite pack
Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB):
  • Car-to-car
  • Vulnerable Road User
  • Junction assist
Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) - BackoverOptional
Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)Pilot Lite pack
Cross-Traffic Alert (CTA), with brake supportPilot Lite pack
Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
Run-off Road Mitigation
Lane Keep Assist (LKA)
Polestar Connect - auto emergency calling
Electronic Data Recorder (EDR)
Emergency Brake Assist
Emergency Stop Signal
Fatigue reminder and detection
360° surround viewPilot Lite pack
Auto-dimming side mirrorsPilot Lite pack
ISOFix child seat anchors2
Pre-crash system
Reversing camera
Auto speed assistance (intelligent speed limiter)
Manual speed limiter
Speed sign recognition and warning
Front and rear parking assist
Power child safety lock
Rain-sensing wipers
"Thor's Hammer" LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
LED headlamps
Adaptive rear LED lights
Tilt-down mirrors for reversing
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Indirect Tyre Pressure Monitoring
Alarm with interior motion sensor
Tyre repair kit
First aid kit
Warning triangle

Polestar 2 interior and comfort features

Standard range motorLong range Single motorLong range Dual motor
11.15-inch centre display
12.3-inch digital driver display
Three-year's internet data (with built-in e-SIM)
Dual-zone climate control
Multi-filter CleanZone with pre-ventilation
Parking climate with schedulable pre-conditioning
Keyless entry
Hands-free, foot-operated tailgate with extra-wide foot sensor
8-speaker, 250W sound system
13-speaker, 600W Harman Kardon sound systemPlus pack
DAB+ digital radio
Bluetooth phone connectivity
Android Automotive-based infotainment system
Voice control (Google Assistant)
Google integration (Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google Play Store)
Apple CarPlayExpected in a 2022 Over-The-Air update
4 type-C USB connectors (2 in front, 2 in rear)
Heated front seats
Heated rear seatsPlus pack
Heated steering wheelPlus pack
Manual front seat cushion extensionsPlus pack
Semi-electric driver's seat (power seat and seat cushion, manual back-rest)
Semi-electric passenger's seat (power seat and seat cushion, manual back-rest)
Full power-adjustable seats, front (with driver's seat memory)Plus pack
Inductive 15W phone chargerPlus pack
Front seat 4-way power lumbar support
4 cupholders
Embossed vegan textile upholstery
3D etched trim pieces
EasyPark parking payment integration
Built-in web browser
A Better Routeplanner
Lifetime Over-The-Air (OTA) updates
Polestar app (Beta) with vehicle functionality
Polestar digital key
60:40 folding rear seats
Front storage compartment (35-41 litres capacity)
12V boot power outlet
Hexagonal shaped gear selector with illuminated Polestar logo
Textile floor matting
Charcoal headlining
Heat pumpPlus pack
WeaveTech (Charcoal or Slate) vegan upholsteryPlus pack
Ventilated Nappa leather Barley) with reconstructed wood decorationOptional

Polestar 2 exterior highlights

Standard range motorLong range Single motorLong range Dual motor
Michelin Primacy 4 tyres
Diamond cut 19-inch five-spoke alloy wheels
Diamond-cut, 20-inch "Y" four-spoke alloy wheelsPerformance pack
20-inch, diamond cut, four "V" alloys with Continental PremiumContact 6 tyresOptional
Continental SportContact tyresPerformance pack
LED headlamps with Active High Beam
Fixed panoramic sunroofPlus pack
Tinted rear windowPlus pack
Heated windscreen fluid washer nozzlesPlus pack
Metallic paint$1,400

Polestar 2 option packs

Many buyers are going to be interested in the option packs on Polestar.

Pilot Lite Pack

This pack is a result of the pandemic semiconductor shortage, which has forced Polestar to have to remove Pixel LED headlamps and the active bending light feature. As a result, the pack has been reduced in price to $3,400.

Other features include:

  • Driver awareness:
    • Blind spot information system (BLIS), with steering assist
    • Cross-traffic alert (CTA) with braking support
    • Rear collision warning and mitigation
  • Driver assistance:
    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Pilot assist with acceleration, braking and steering support (up to 130km/h)
    • Emergency stop assist
  • 360° surround view camera
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirrors
  • LED front fog lights
  • Side park assist

Plus Pack

The Plus Pack brings a heap of extra interior comfort for $6,000. Those include the following:

  • Heat pump – an energy recovery pump
  • Panoramic sunroof with projected Polestar logomark
  • 600W 13-speaker Harman Kardon sound system
  • Heated windscreen washer nozzle
  • Heated rear seats and steering wheel
  • WeaveTech (vegan) interior upholstery (in charcoal or slate) with black ash trim inlays
  • High-level interior illumination
  • Fully electric driver's seat (with memory functions)
  • Fully electric passenger's seat
  • Front seats manual cushion extension
  • 15W inductive phone charger
  • Lid-in-lid rear cargo floor (with bag holder)
  • Tinted rear window
  • Grocery bag holder

Performance Pack

This $8,000 pack, for the Long range Dual motor Polestar 2 only, adds some extra touches for those that want to push their Polestar 2 a little harder.

  • Diamond cut, 4 Y-spoke 20-inch forged alloy wheels (with gold valve caps)
  • Continental SportContact 6 tyres
  • Brembo Gold 4-piston aluminium front callipers
  • Drilled and ventilated brake discs on front
  • Öhlins dual-flow valve (DFV) manually-adjustable dampers

Verdict

Should you buy the Polestar 2? If you're looking for a high-grade crossover or sedan that happens to be electric, then sure. You definitely need to test drive it at least. It has heaps of tech, a decent range and often qualifies for state-level subsidies thanks to its reasonable pricing. Plus, you benefit from the build quality you'd expect from a company related to Volvo.

At the moment, your other option is a Tesla. There's not as much choice in the electric segment.

This review combined the findings of 4 expert motoring journalists to help you save time and get a more accurate overview of the Polestar 2. Now we've saved you some time, why not take a minute to compare car loans and car insurance? By shopping around, you may save hundreds of dollars.

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