Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Motor: long-term test review

First report: the all-electric Polestar 2 makes a strong impression as it joins our fleet

  • 4.5 out of 5

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    Polestar’s second model has seamlessly slotted into its role as a family car and comfortable commuter. A BMW i4 might be sharper, but the 2 is already feeling like a very complete package.

    • Mileage: 10,192
    • Efficiency: 3.8 miles/kWh
    • The pandemic may have forced many car manufacturers to do business very differently, but for others, that was always part of the plan. And that’s why I didn’t collect my new Polestar 2 fleet car, but had it delivered, on the back of a truck, directly to my front door. The idea of not having to travel to one of Polestar’s three outlets was appealing, not least because the closest, in London, is two hours away on a good day.

      And so, right on time, ‘my’ Void black Polestar 2 Long range Dual motor was reversed onto my drive by one of the firm’s reps, Andre, who was very happy to talk me through the car’s many, many features.

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      It was all enormously reassuring, but in no time I’d figured out the highly intuitive Google Automotive-based infotainment, located the handle to open the froot (necessary for cable storage) and, following a foot-waggling demonstration from Andre, learned how to operate the hands-free boot.

      Sometimes it takes a while to bond with a new car; not so here. I’ll admit to being pretty smitten from the word go. I love the elegant styling, which is mostly discreet, with the exception of the rear lighting graphic, which sweeps just like KITT from Knight Rider – something I’ll not get bored of in a hurry – and the gold Brembo brake calipers, which come as part of the £5,000 Performance Pack. The Polestar badging is always colour-coded, so the firm is taking a low-key approach to branding, even if the stickers on the doors look a little bit ‘development vehicle’ to my eyes.

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      I love the interior, too. The dash and its trim feel at least as desirable as a BMW or Mercedes, and certainly more traditionally premium than a Tesla. If there is a criticism, it’s the slightly awkward contrast between the comfy beige leather seats (a pricey £4,000 option) and the gold seatbelts, which also form part of the Performance Pack.

      The Polestar’s infotainment is brilliant, though. The 11.15-inch touchscreen is fast and responsive, and very easy to use. The main screen allows you to quickly access nav, audio, phone and predicted-range apps, even if a physical ‘home’ button would make things slightly easier still.

      It’s all centred on a brilliant integration of Google Maps, which displays how much charge the car will have at your destination, as well as the charge you’ll have when you arrive back home. This level of information is precisely what’s required to accelerate EV adoption: make it easy, and sales will follow.

      The charging tech itself is good, if not standout. It’ll accept up to 150kW, enough to allow a top-up from 10 to 80 per cent in 32 minutes. A 0-100 per cent charge takes 12 hours from a 7.2kW home wallbox. With a battery capacity of 78kWh (75kWh useable), Polestar claims a range of  298 miles, although in the cold weather I’ve been achieving around 240 miles, with an economy figure of 3.8mi/kWh.

      The 2 has sledgehammer pace. A full-house Model 3 might be quicker than the Polestar’s 4.7-second 0-62mph time, but it’s more than enough. The steering is accurate, and in its sportiest setting, has pleasing heft, too. That theme continues with the suspension and brakes – both upgraded as part of the Performance Pack. The Öhlins suspension can be manually, but not electronically, adjusted. It’s in its mid setting currently, and could probably do with a bit more compliance for my tastes.

      The Brembo brakes are large enough to require 20-inch alloys. They offer fearsome bite, but need a strong, decisive press of the pedal to get the best from them. Not that they’re used much in anger, because the most aggressive brake regeneration makes one-pedal driving possible most of the time.

      Model:Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Motor
      On fleet since:February 2022
      Price new:£45,900
      Motor/battery:2x e-motor, 78kWh battery
      Options:Performance Pack (£5,000), Barley nappa leather (£4,000)
      Insurance*:Group: 42 Quote: £466
      Any problems?None so far

      *Insurance quote from AA (0800 107 0680) for a 42-year-old in Banbury, Oxon, with three points.

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