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What is a Polestar?

You may be wondering, Polestar? What's that? Well Polestar is a sub-brand of Volvo, think of it as AMG to Mercedes. Polestar only currently make 2 vehicles, the Polestar 1, which is a plug in hybrid sports car and the fully electric Polestar 2, which is the car I will be talking about in this review, so lets get started.

The Design

I think the Polestar 2 looks really good, the front end is sharp and striking, Polestar call the headlight design 'Thor's Hammer Headlights', they are Pixel LED which automatically shade out specific areas to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers. The Polestar looks like its sitting quite high, this is because it is based on Volvo's XC40 SUV. The back looks good too, it's actually quite minimalistic. It has a full width wrap around LED light, which I think really suits the design. Now if you thought the Polestar 2 looks like a Volvo, that is because it was designed by Thomas Ingenlath, who was Head of design at Volvo, he is now the CEO of Polestar. You can get gold brake callipers which look great, these come with the optional Performance Pack.

Performance Pack

For an extra £5000 you can get the Performance Pack, this means you get adjustable Öhlins dampers, 20-inch forged aluminium wheels, four-piston Brembo front brake callipers which are coloured gold! Also coloured gold is the seat belts and dust caps. The ride is firmer when you get the Performance Pack, you can adjust the Öhlins dampers to change the quality, although this would require getting underneath the car and adjusting them yourself.

The Interior

Here is the interior of the Polestar 2, I think they have nailed the design, it's minimalist but it's not completely bare like a Tesla Model 3. There is an 11.15 inch Infotainment system which sits in the middle of the dashboard, and for the first time in a car it is powered by google, this is good because google knows how to do user interfaces, also this means that you get Google Maps, and Google assistant. Apple's CarPlay isn't currently available but Polestar say it will be available in mid 2021. The interior is 100% vegan, although if you want leather, that can be added for £4000.

Range, Price and Performance

The Polestar 2 starts at £46,900, and it's claimed WLTP range is 292 miles, that's actually a really good range for an electric car. It does 0-60 MPH in 4.7 seconds and has a top speed of 127 MPH.

My Verdict

Advantages: Good battery range and performance, the infotainment system is very easy to use, it also looks great inside and out.

Disadvantages: Quite expensive and doesn't have the same charging infrastructure as Tesla.

So my Verdict is that I think its a really good electric car which looks great, I also think that it's a suitable rival to a Tesla Model 3.

Thank you for reading my review of the Polestar 2, any feedback in the comments would be greatly appreciated.

All photos used are taken from the Polestar Press website.

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