Initially launched in 2020 in certain markets where the brand was already present, the Polestar 2 sedan is Polestar’s first 100% electric and volume vehicle. Among its main competitors is Tesla’s Model 3.
Based on Volvo’s CMA platform, the same used in the XC 40, the Polestar 2 is a 4.6 meter long five-door model, which relies on a modern and elegant “design” and on advanced technologies. It has a capacity of five occupants and the luggage volume varies between 405 and 1,095 liters.
In our country, the model is offered in two versions with a single electric motor, 170 kW (231 hp) of power and front-wheel drive (Standard Range and Long Range, with a range of up to 474 and 542 km, respectively), and a third variant with two electric motors, 300 kW (408 hp) of power and total traction (Long Range Dual Motor with autonomy up to 482 km).
The entry-level Standard Range version, which is priced at 49,900 euros excluding state tax assistance, uses a 69 kWh lithium-ion battery, while the other two – 53,400 and 56,900 euros – are equipped with a 78 kWh battery.
eqEquipped with an 11 kW on-board charger, the Polestar 2 can be charged at home via public substation, can accept up to 155 kW of direct current for the versions range and up to 130 kW for the standard range model.
Charging times depend on the type of charging structure used, but when using DC, charging to 80% capacity takes 35 minutes.
All versions of the Polestar 2 have recently been improved in terms of battery capacity and range compared to the initial model launched in 2020. They have also benefited from slight interior and exterior aesthetic touches and some updates to the equipment.
Depending on the versions, the brand offers three optional finishing packs – Pilot Lite, Plus and Perfomance – which add a significant set of equipment and driver assistance systems to those already available as standard.
The Performance package, for example, only available for the Long Range twin engine, boosts power and torque to 350 kW (476 hp) and 680 Nm.
Experience behind the wheel
During the presentation of the Polestar 2, this week in Lisbon, we had the opportunity to drive the most powerful version of the model. On a course of about 100 km, with 100% battery available at the exit, we come back with 77% and 310 km of autonomy. The recorded consumption was 28.8 kWh/100 km, slightly higher than that announced – 19.4 – 20.2 kWh/100 km.
On the road, the Polestar 2 offers exemplary behavior in terms of comfort and safety, and the materials and finishes are of high quality. Strong point for the speed of starting and recovery, as well as the excellent soundproofing of the passenger compartment. The braking energy recovery system, with different modes, makes it possible to drive practically without having to press the brake pedal.
Navigation services are available “online” via Google and come standard with the vehicle. They are efficient and accessible via the “Hello Google” voice command. The answer in Portuguese, contrary to what is usual, is perfect.
The Long Range Dual Motor achieves 0 to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 205 km/h.
30 markets in 2023
Based in Gothenburg, Sweden, and with three factories in China and the United States, Polestar is currently present in 19 markets worldwide. Portugal, Spain and Ireland are the latest countries to receive Polestar. By 2023, it plans to operate in at least 30 global markets.
Polestar vehicles can only be purchased online. The purchasing process results in a direct sale to the consumer, without the need for a stand. However, the company has the ambition to create its own network of spaces intended for the experience and testing of vehicles. These spaces will also support the online purchase and delivery process.
The first Polestar units to reach Portuguese customers are scheduled for October.
The brand estimates to sell 65,000 Polestar units in Europe by the end of the current year. In 2021, it recorded 29,000 units sold.
After-sales services are provided by the Volvo network.