Take a efficiency heritage, a deal with sustainability, Swedish engineering on the core, and an interface that’s all about “Hey Google,” and also you’ll find yourself with a beeline to the Polestar 2. 

The Polestar 2 might be the closest comparability to the Tesla Mannequin Three but—though most likely to the delight of many, it’s a fastback with a hatchback. In and out, it appears to be like critical about efficiency. In measurement and packaging, in addition to within the sport-sedan undertones beneath every little thing it does, 

From the motive force’s seat it very a lot takes off on the feel and appear of the efficiency variations of Volvo fashions that had been beforehand bought with the Polestar badge. A monochromatic look with sparing black trim and brightwork helps emphasize the low roofline and crisp contouring, and the general impact is a chunkier stance than the Model 3—due partly to barely extra top general. Or, to attract from one other latest comparability, it’s just some inches shorter general than the Ford Mustang Mach-E, a car that appears and feels extra like a hatchback automobile than the SUV it’s bought as.

2021 Polestar 2

2021 Polestar 2

The Polestar 2 has a dual-motor system making 408 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque, and its quoted 4.5-second time to 60 mph is forward of comparable acceleration occasions for each the Ford Mustang Mach-E, and inside 1 / 4 of a second of the Mannequin Three Lengthy Vary’s time. A number of modes allow you to activate one-pedal driving (with a low setting that is likely to be to most tastes), flip creep on or off, and alter the steering increase. Total, it’s a driver’s automobile, with a agency experience and really responsive dealing with. 

With a 233-mile EPA-rated range, the Polestar 2 is way behind the Mannequin 3’s 353-mile vary, though it has about the identical battery capability (75 kwh usable, from 78 kwh general). Polestar claims that it’s accomplished higher in real-world vary exams. 

The Polestar 2 is made in China and from what we are able to inform from the couple of automobiles we’ve been in a position to drive and scrutinize thus far, have construct high quality that feels each bit as much as Volvo requirements. What isn’t to Volvo requirements—simply to a totally completely different set of priorities—are the trims and finishes, which embody vegan seats and different inside trim that’s understated however feels borrowed from a high-end outdoor-wear gallery. The two may additionally use extra consideration to noise abatement, as we may hear various highway noise at freeway speeds. 

2021 Polestar 2

2021 Polestar 2

Just like the Volvo XC40 Recharge electric SUV, the Polestar is constructed on Volvo’s CMA platform and, as a result of it’s sharing underpinnings in any other case meant for internal-combustion fashions, it’s not as roomy as different EVs its measurement. As an example, there’s simply not sufficient rear head room for taller adults within the P2, and a hump in the course of the ground in again makes it really feel such as you’re at the back of a efficiency coupe.

Additionally just like the Recharge, the Polestar 2 is among the debut automobiles for a brand new infotainment system developed on Google’s Android Automotive platform. Though we’ve simply had a top-level introduction to the system, its quickness and intuitive “Hey Google” natural-language responsiveness is promising. 

2021 Polestar 2

2021 Polestar 2

For the U.S., Polestar does plan to promote the way more inexpensive model of the two that it’s already made obtainable in Europe, though it gained’t say when. For now the bottom worth is $61,200, and the Launch Version fashions which can be being delivered—equal to those we’ve sampled—add as much as $67,400. You’ll be able to declare the $7,500 federal EV tax credit score, however there’s no method round it: That is an thrilling electrical automobile, for a luxury-car worth for a automobile that feels properly outfitted and properly put-together—simply not luxurious.