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Polestar 2 - Getting Closer to a Tesla

Last year the Tesla Model Y outsold Toyota's Corolla globally, becoming the biggest selling passenger car in the world. The biggest advantage that car has held over electric competition is that it is conceived, designed and built for electric power - and nothing else - from the ground up. No single component has a even a hint of petrol, diesel or hybrid genes.

That's why the Tesla driveline is still the standard. Well, after a week in the Polestar 2 AWD Long Range Dual Motor Performance Pack, I've concluded it's now one of Tesla's closest competitors, despite being built on an internal combustion engine chassis with a .high waist line and somewhat stodgy appearance.

Polestar started life as a tuning outfit that tweaked Volvos. Currently it's owned by Volvo (which is owned by Geely) and an investment company, but later this year Volvo will cede most of its 48.5% ownership to Geely, apparently due to continuing losses.

There is no doubt the brand is here to stay however, so prospective owners can look to a Polestar service dealer within reach into the foreseeable future. With an expanded model range in development Polestar will hopefully achieve the relative permanence of its celestial namesake.

But now to the car - The dual electric motors produce a combined 350 kW and 740 Nm of torque. Zero to 100 km/h takes just 4.5 seconds. The Performance Pack further enhances driving dynamics with Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes, and 20-inch forged alloy wheels, providing a firmer yet controlled ride. The vehicle’s all-wheel-drive system keeps the drive under control and delivers the agility and responsiveness expected in the full range of driving conditions.

Aside from the huge initial urge from the electric motor's thumping torque, it's in the overtaking range that Polestar sparkles. The power is there with a twitch of the right foot and there are now hesitations with gear changes either. It positively makes the case for EV safety in traffic on the open road.

Range and Efficiency

With a 82 kWh battery, the Polestar 2 offers a WLTP-rated range of approximately 468 km. While not class-leading, it is adequate for most daily commutes and moderate road trips. The regenerative braking system efficiently recoups energy, and charging is convenient, with the capability to reach 80% capacity in about 40 minutes using a 150 kW DC fast charger.


The Polestar 2’s design is a marriage of Scandinavian minimalism and modern elegance. Its sleek lines, distinctive LED lighting, and frameless mirrors contribute to its contemporary appeal. The Performance Pack adds subtle yet noticeable touches like gold brake callipers and seat belts, enhancing its sporty demeanour.

Interior and Comfort

Polestar 2 is a premium environment with high-quality materials and a minimalist aesthetic. The vegan-friendly upholstery, coupled with the use of sustainable materials, underscores Polestar’s commitment to eco-friendliness. The front seats are well-bolstered and comfortable, with ample adjustments available. Rear seat passengers enjoy adequate legroom and headroom at best, though taller individuals will find it slightly cramped over longer journeys. The panoramic glass roof enhances the sense of space and light.

Technology and Infotainment

The now expected central 11.15-inch touchscreen does the job with information and access to settings, including damper harshness and a launch feature. The infotainment system integrates with Google services like Maps and Assistant. Over-the-air updates ensure the software remains current and can introduce new features over time. The digital instrument cluster is clear and customizable, providing essential driving information at a glance. An optional Harman Kardon sound system delivers rich, immersive audio quality.


Safety is a headline in Polestar, with an array of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). Standard are adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and a 360-degree camera system.

Driving Experience

I was surprised by the agility of the car. It points instantly where you want it and hangs on tight in high speed corners. Around the suburbs it's a gem with few turns of the steering wheel and the instant throttle response that only electric cars can deliver.


Polestar 2 is a compelling alternative in the luxury EV segment, combining powerful performance, sophisticated design, and advanced technology. Its range may not lead the class, but is more than sufficient for most needs. The blend of sustainable materials and cutting-edge features makes it a standout in the growing field of electric vehicles.

Model: Polestar 2 Long-Range Dual Motor with Performance Pack

Power: 350kW

Torque: 740Nm

Performance: 0-100km/h 4.2 secs

Battery: 82kWh

Range: 468 kms

MRRP: $85,400

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