The Polestar 2 arrived last year as the first fully electric vehicle from Volvo’s electrified vehicle brand, following on the powerful – and expensive -- hybrid Polestar 1 coupe. The more affordable Polestar 2 is a compact four-door crossover aimed at mass-market EV
drivers, albeit those seeking an upscale experience.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
This year, Polestar adds a less-powerful single-motor setup as the 2’s entry-level configuration, and it has removed some standard features from the dual-motor version to bring its starting price down by $13,000.
The Polestar 2’s new starting point is the Long Range Single Motor configuration, with the Long Range Dual Motor remaining as the upgrade.
The Polestar 2 comes with an eight-speaker stereo, digital key, rain-sensing wipers, hands-free tailgate, front and rear park assist, LED headlights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, two-zone A/C, 19-inch wheels, and heated/semi-power-adjustable front seats with lumbar. Also included is a basic set of active driver safety assists.
To both Single Motor and Dual Motor models, you can add a Pilot package of pixel LED headlights and LED fog lights, 360-degree cameras, pilot assist, adaptive cruise control, emergency stop assist, blind spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert with automatic braking, rear collision warning/mitigation, and park assist.
A Plus package brings a panoramic roof, upgraded stereo, fully electric seats, heated rear seats and steering wheel, heat pump, wireless phone charging, and a cargo area bag holder).
Finally, a Performance pack adds 20-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, adjustable shocks, dynamic chassis, gold seat belts, and more power.
The Polestar 2’s energy consumption estimates are 2.1/2.3 Le/100 km (city/highway) and 435 km driving range with the Single Motor powertrain, and 2.5/2.8 Le/100 km (city/highway) and 401 km of range for Dual Motor models.
The Tesla Model Y is among the Polestar 2’s most direct competitors, but you can also cross-shop it with the BMW i4, and Volvo’s C40 Recharge.