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2024 Polestar 2 Review, Pricing, and Specs

Overview

It wears the sophisticated duds of a luxury sedan, like the Volvo S60, but the all-electric Polestar 2 hatchback is built for a hospitable world. Volvo’s EV subsidiary, Polestar, gives the 2 a healthy balance of range and horsepower for its lowest trim level. The base rear-drive Polestar 2 has 299 ponies with a claimed 300-mile range. Two all-wheel drive Polestar 2 hatchbacks are available, one with 421 horsepower and the enthusiast-minded Performance Pack model with 450 horsepower. Both have a manufacturer-claimed 270-mile range. The Polestar 2’s prices start well above the base Tesla Model 3’s, but at least it has more range than Elon’s baby. Another thing the Polestar has over the Tesla is a more traditional cabin, complete with a normal instrument cluster and software backed by Google’s Android. While the Polestar 2 has steadily gained better features, range and horsepower each model year, it still needs to get stronger to be competitive against other booming electric cars like the BMW i4 and Hyundai Ioniq 6.

What’s new for 2024?

Polestar sweetens its all-electric 2 for 2024 with more range thanks to a bigger battery and updated hardware. The previously single-motor front-wheel drive Polestar 2 is now rear-wheel drive and gets a claimed 30 additional miles of range for a total of 300. Dual-motor Polestar 2 models now get 270 miles of claimed range, which is an increase of 10 miles from last year. Horsepower is at all levels thanks to upgraded motors. The single-motor Polestar 2 now has 299 horsepower (up from 231) and the twin-motor version is up to 421 horsepower (up from 408). We like it. Polestar has also readjusted the torque ratio, giving the rear motor priority for output. 20-inch forged wheels that come with the Performance Pack have been updated, and Polestar now offers Michelin all-season tires as an option for its 19-inch wheels. The larger battery now supports maximum DC fast charging speeds of up to 205 kW.

Prices and which one to buy

$55,000 (estimated)

Long distance AWD

$58,000 (estimated)

Long distance with performance package

$64,000 (estimated)

The rear-drive single-car Polestar 2 has plenty of range to dispense with night charging, and its 299 horsepower makes it quick on its feet. While the Performance Pack feeds the enthusiast flame, it comes at the expense of the overall range, so rather than rushing to the next refresh, we’d argue that a lower price and better range is worth the gap in maximum Polestar 2 performance .

EV motor, power and performance

The Polestar 2 chain of command starts with a single motor that delivers 299 horsepower and 361 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels. The motors are doubled for all-wheel drive models, with a combined output of 421 horsepower and 546 pound-feet of torque. An available Performance Package exists for thrill seekers, with 455 peak horsepower for maximum acceleration. We haven’t yet tested a 2024 Polestar 2 with these updated motors, but expect more aggressive performance than last year’s base, single-motor model, which launched to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds. The Performance model is also equipped with 20-inch wheels and summer tires, stiffer suspension components as well as adjustable Öhlins dampers, and upgraded Brembo front brakes. Polestar also offers three levels of regenerative braking, with the strongest able to bring the car to a complete stop without you touching the brakes. While the aforementioned Performance Pack caters to the enthusiast crowd, we’re convinced the 2 rides better on the base suspension.

Range, charging and battery life

Like the gas-powered Volvo XC40 crossoverthe 2 rides on the Swedish brand’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), although the electrified version of the platform accommodates a 75 kWh lithium-ion battery for all-wheel drive models, and a larger battery for rear-wheel drive singles. The electric system supports fast charging up to 205 kilowatts with the large battery, but Polestar claims the 75 kWh battery can be recharged from dead to 80 percent in 40 minutes. The single-motor model has an estimated range of 300 miles, and the dual-motor version is rated at a range of 270 miles on a single charge.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe

The 2024 Polestar 2 has not yet been rated by the EPA, but last year’s car, albeit with less horsepower, had 190 miles of range on our 75-mph real highway routewhich was in line with the Audi e-tron luxury SUV but behind the Tesla Model 3 Long Range sedan, who drove 230 miles. For more information on the Polestar 2’s efficiency and range, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, comfort and cargo

The 2’s interior brings together wood, fabric and plastic in a simple yet artful way. It looks modern, with clean lines, a spartan color palette and minimal switchgear. The 2 borrows a few things from its Volvo siblings, like the steering wheel buttons and knurled starter button, but the overall design reads less busy here. In keeping with the electrified powertrain, Polestar covers the interior in eco-friendly vegan materials (although, you can get leather if you really want it). The power liftgate opens to a not-so-cavernous cargo hold that boasts 14 cubic feet of space. Need more? There is another cubic foot of storage in the trunk.

Infotainment and connectivity

Inside, the driver faces a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster as well as a centrally located iPad-like portrait-oriented touchscreen. The latter measures 11.2 inches and handles most functions, with Google’s Android car operating system infotainment system. It’s not that different from other modern interfaces: imagine a box divided into four boxes, each dedicated to a different category of applications, be it navigation, telephone or audio. By grouping similar apps in a specific corner of the screen, Polestar believes users will have an easier time finding what they need, thereby minimizing distractions. But what’s really great about this whole thing is that it makes Google Maps the integrated navigation system and provides useful EV-specific information to the driver, like where the nearby charging stations are and how long you’ll have to sit there once you arrive. Other things worth noting: You’ll get two USB ports in the front and two in the back, satellite radio comes standard, and Harman/Kardon provides the audio.

Safety and Driver Assistance Features

The Polestar 2 comes loaded with several driver assistance and safety features, which should provide additional peace of mind. For more information on the Polestar 2’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Standard adaptive cruise control
  • Standard blind spot monitoring

Warranty and Maintenance Cover

Polestar’s limited warranty adheres to the industry standard, on par with that of Tesla. The company also offers competitive coverage for the 2’s electrical components. Surprisingly, Polestar does not offer the same three-year complimentary maintenance program as Volvo, its parent company.

  • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Electrical components are covered for eight years or 100,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

Specifications

Specifications

2022 Polestar 2 Single car

VEHICLE TYPE
front engine, front wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $47,200/$52,400
Options: Plus Package (sunroof with projected Polestar symbol, heat pump, heated rear seats, Harman/Kardon premium sound system, heated steering wheel, power seats, wireless phone charging), $4000; Thunder gray paint, $1200

POWER TRAIN
Motor: permanent-magnet synchronous AC, 228 hp, 243 lb-ft
Battery pack: liquid-cooled lithium ion, 75.0 kWh
On-board charger: 11.0 kW
Transmission: direct drive

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 13.6-in ventilated disc/13.4-in ventilated disc
Tires: Michelin Primacy 4
245/45R-19 102V POL

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 107.7 inches
Length: 181.3 inches
Width: 73.2 inches
Height: 58.2 inches
Passenger volume: 96 feet3
Cargo volume: 16 feet3
Curb weight: 4460 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 6.8 sec
1/4-mile: 15.3 sec @ 93 mph
100 mph: 18.6 sec

Results above show 1 foot deployment of 0.3 sec. away.
Acceleration, 5–60 mph: 6.9 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.5 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.8 sec
Top speed (gov ltd): 101 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 161 ft
Road holding capacity, 300-foot skid road: 0.88 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 75 MPGe
75 mph highway driving: 89 MPGe
Highway range: 220 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 107/113/100 MPGe
Range: 270 miles

2023 Polestar 2 performance
Vehicle type: front and mid-engine, four-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $58,800/$67,650

POWER TRAIN
Front motor: permanent-magnet synchronous AC
Rear motor: permanent-magnet synchronous AC
Combined power: 469 hp
Combined torque: 502 lb-ft
Battery pack: liquid-cooled lithium ion, 75.0 kWh
On-board charger: 11.0 kW
Peak DC fast charging rate: 155 kW
Transmissions: direct-drive

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 14.8-inch ventilated cross-drilled disc/13.4-inch ventilated cross-drilled disc
Tires: Continental SportContact 6
245/40R-20 99V POL

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 107.7 inches
Length: 181.3 inches
Width: 73.2 inches
Height: 58.0 inches
Passenger volume: 91 feet3
Cargo volume: 16 feet3
Curb weight: 4714 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 3.9 sec
100 mph: 8.9 sec
1/4-mile: 12.2 sec @ 116 mph

Results above show 1 foot deployment of 0.3 sec. away.
Roll start, 5–60 mph: 4.0 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 1.5 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 1.9 sec
Top speed (gov ltd): 128 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 160 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 317 ft
Road holding capacity, 300-foot skid road: 0.92 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY AND CHARGE
Observed: 75 MPGe
75 mph highway range: 210 miles
Average DC fast charge rate, 10–90%: 72 kW
DC fast charge time, 10–90%: 57 min

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 100/105/96 MPGe
Range: 260 miles

C/D TEST EXPLAINED

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