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February 21, 2023

Polestar : Manufacturer Review

Polestar : Manufacturer Review

The ‘big three’ German luxury car makers of BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz dominated the era of combustion with some truly excellent cars. However, in the new age of electrification, they not only face competition from established rivals but also all-new competitors. Polestar has come out fighting, giving EV buyers a distinctly Swedish alternative to the mainstream.

Polestar 1

Polestar made a dramatic statement at its inception with the Polestar 1, a distinctive plug-in hybrid super coupe with minimalist styling. This car’s clean lines proved eye-catching while a lavish interior hosted a Zen-like atmosphere for occupants. The combination of its electric motors and combustion engine yielded a mighty 592bhp, but running on electricity alone the car could cover up to 93 miles.

As impressive as the Polestar 1 was, the bigger challenge for Polestar was to take the essence of its limited-run flagship and distill it into a more mainstream model.

Polestar 2

The Polestar 2 is an all-electric saloon that retains that crisp styling and purity of design but in the shape of a Tesla Model 3 rival. Its stance is almost sculptural, a shape that oozes sophistication.

Seating five, the Polestar 2 interior is trimmed with vegan-friendly surfaces or optional leather depending upon your preferences.

A durable space is forged from high-quality materials, and while it sticks true to the brand DNA of being free of clutter, a larger portrait touchscreen infotainment display dominates the landscape.

Compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, this large tablet-like screen features many of the apps you’ll be familiar with on your phone. It also absorbs much of the switchgear to deliver that distinctly Swedish simplicity.

The Polestar 2 is a pleasingly practical choice with plenty of legroom for those in the rear and good levels of storage for the miscellanea of family life. Unlike a traditional saloon, this car has a large hatchback opening for loading bulky items into the 405-litre boot.


Range of the Polestar 2

Originally launched in 2019, the Polestar 2 has recently received a mid-life update that significantly enhances the technology beneath the body.  Single-motor variants of the car are now rear-wheel drive to enable more dynamic driving, while improved batteries boost overall range. The Standard Range single motor car has a range of up to 321 miles, while the Long Range variant provides up to 394 miles. An all-wheel drive Long Range Dual Motor car, ideal for those living where weather conditions can be changeable, offers 367 miles. Both Long Range vehicles can charge from 10-80% in just 28 minutes via a rapid 205kW charge.

All Polestar 2 models are respectably brisk with entry-level cars achieving 0-60mph in 6.2 seconds. However, go for the Long Range Dual Motor with Performance Pack, you’ll have 469bhp at your disposal and the ability to achieve 0-60mph in four seconds flat. Additionally, larger brakes are fitted to tame the car’s pace you also get the ability to finely tune your suspension with adjustable Öhlins dampers.

Polestar 3

The new Polestar 3 is soon to hit the road in the form of a sleek SUV. It will come standard with dual electric motors and all-wheel drive to maximise traction. It has a predicted range of 379 miles while charging from 10-80% via a 250kW charged should only take 30 minutes.

Polestar might be a young company, but it has already made a big impact within the world of EVs.

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