The all-new Polestar 2 is an electric performance fastback that blends cutting edge technology with stunning Scandinavian design. With a range of over 500 km, it’s designed for the long haul and can charge up to 80% in just 45 minutes.
The Polestar 2 is also the first car to feature Google’s new Android Automotive operating system, so you can enjoy all your favourite apps on the go. Read on for full specs pricing and reviews.
2023 Polestar 2 review
The Polestar 2 is an electric vehicle that combines the styling of a sedan, the practicality of a hatchback, and the raised seating height of a crossover. As part of Volvo’s EV subsidiary, Polestar, this model comes only with a large battery pack and an electric motor powering the front wheels—or two electric motors if you opt for the more powerful all-wheel-drive setup.
Either way, it’s a pleasant car to drive, and its minimalist interior is spacious and appealing. The single-motor version offers up to 270 miles of range according to the EPA, while the dual-motor version is rated to deliver 260 miles of range.
What’s New for 2023 Polestar 2
Dual-motor examples of the Polestar 2 gain an additional 11 miles of estimated driving range for 2023. Polestar has also expanded the colour palette with two newly available exterior hues and a new interior colour scheme, and the 2’s 19- and 20-inch wheel options feature new designs.
A racier BST Edition 270 model will be offered in very limited numbers—270 in total, to be exact, only 47 of which are earmarked for our shores. The BST Edition 270’s dual electric motors are tuned to produce an extra 15 lb-ft of torque, and its suspension has been lowered and features adjustable Online dampers. Unique 21-inch wheels are wrapped with specially-designed Pirelli P Zero performance tires.
We would choose the more powerful dual-motor model for its snappier acceleration performance, even though the single-motor car offers better range. You can also equip the AWD car with a Performance package that includes larger wheels and tires and manually adjustable dampers.
EV Motor, Power, and Performance
Unlike the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive variants of the Polestar 2, versions equipped only with the 231-hp single motor are front-wheel drive. This variant delivered an unexceptional 6.8-second 60-mph time in our testing. The more powerful dual-motor, all-wheel-drive setup, which features an electric motor on both axles and generates a total system output of 408 horsepower, zipped to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds.
Our dual-motor test vehicle was equipped with the Performance package, which includes 20-inch wheels and summer tires, stiffer suspension components as well as adjustable Online dampers, and upgraded Brymbo front brakes. This combination contributed to the 2’s 0.90 g of cornering grip and 157-foot stopping distance from 70 mph in our tests. Polestar also provides three levels of regenerative braking, with the strongest capable of bringing the car to a complete stop without you touching the brake. While the aforementioned kit caters to the enthusiast crowd, we’re convinced the 2 rides better on the base suspension.
Range and Battery Life
Like the Volvo XC40 crossover, the 2 rides on the Swedish brand’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), though the electrified version of the platform accommodates a 75.0-kWh lithium-ion battery pack under the floor. The electrical system supports fast-charging up to 150 kilowatts, and Polestar claims this method will recharge a dead battery to 80 percent in 40 minutes.
The single-motor model has an estimated range of 270 miles, and the dual-motor is rated at 260 miles of range on a single charge.
Fuel Economy and Real-World CPGE
The 2023 Polestar 2 with the single motor is rated at a combined 107 CPGE, and it has an estimated range of 270 miles. The dual-motor version is rated at a combined 89 CPGE, and it has an estimated range of 260 miles. On our 75-mph real-world highway route, our example travelled 190 miles on a full load, which aligns with the Audi e-tron luxury SUV, but trails the Tesla Model 3 Long Range sedan, which managed 230 miles. For more information about the Polestar 2’s efficiency and range, visit the EPA’s website.
Polestar 2 Interior and Comfort
The 2’s interior brings together wood, fabric, and plastic in a simple yet artful way. It looks modern, with clean lines, a spartan colour palette, and minimal switchgear. The 2 borrows a couple of things from its Volvo brethren, like the steering-wheel buttons and knurled start knob, but the overall design reads less busy here.
In keeping with the electrified powertrain, Polestar swaths the interior in eco-friendly vegan fabric (though, you can get leather if you really want it). The power-operated lift gate opens to a not-so-cavernous cargo hold, boasting 14 cubic feet of space.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Inside, the driver faces a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster as well as a centrally located portrait-oriented touchscreen. The latter measures 11.2 inches and handles most functions, running Google’s Android Automotive OS infotainment system.
It’s not all that different from other modern interfaces: Picture a box subdivided into four squares, each devoted to a different category of apps, be it navigation, phone, or audio.By grouping similar apps into a specific corner of the screen, Polestar believes users will have an easier time finding what they need, thus minimizing distraction. But what’s really great about this whole thing is that it makes Google Maps the integrated nav system and provides useful EV-specific information to the driver, such as where the nearby charging stations are and how long you’ll have to sit there once you arrive.
Other things worth noting: You’ll find two USB ports in the front and two in the rear, satellite radio comes standard, and Harman/Kardon provides the sound.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The Polestar 2 comes loaded with several driver-assistance and safety features, which should provide added peace of mind. For more information about the Polestar 2’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard adaptive cruise control
- Standard blind-spot monitoring
The Polestar 2 is an all-electric five-door lift back manufactured by the Volvo Cars subsidiary Polestar. It was unveiled on 27 February 2019 at the Geneva Motor Show, and production began in mid-2019. The car has a range of 350 km (220 mi) on the WLTP cycle and can be fast charged up to 150 kW (200 hp) giving it an 80% charge in 40 minutes.
The Polestar 2 is based on the Volvo SPA platform, shared with other Volvo models such as the XC60 SUV V60 wagon and S60 sedan.
It is powered by two electric motors, one at the front and one at the rear, with a combined power output of 408 horsepower (306 kilowatts) and 487 pound-feet (660 newton metres) of torque. The battery pack is 78 kilowatt-hours and sits under the floor.