Polestar 1 in the test: Volvo’s hybrid growth brook with 600 hp is really – tests

The Polestar 1 is a Swedish hybrid sports car with around two tons of weight and 600 hp – and should also be economical. Site tested the Swedish breeding brewing.

The Volvo takeover by the Chinese Geely Group is bearing fruits with the electro-performance brand Polestar. Before the fully electric volume model Polestar 2, which is used with prices around 50.000 euros to the class leader Tesla Model 3 should dig up the water, there is an exclusive preview of the new brand with the Polestar 1. The high-performance coupe for a self-confident price of 155.000 euros relies on sports car proportions, modern materials and a plugin hybrid drive with a particularly large battery.More on the subject: Electrical range of plug-in hybrids: These 8 models drive Most of the time has subjected Polestar 1 to an extensive practical test. Everything about the drive, real driving performance, real consumption, practical range, loading times, space and comfort can be read here.

Drive: performance…

At first glance, the same technique works in Polestar 1 as in the T8 twin engine models from Volvo: a four-cylinder petrol engine with turbo and compressor charging and a good 300 hp, the rear wheels are exclusively powered. However, the electric motors in the polestar have it all: Each rear wheel has its own 85 kW engine. That is over 230 electro horsepower on the rear axle.

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In addition, there is also an electric machine with 50 kW between combustion engine and transmission that can drive the front axle. The electrical output is therefore added to 220 kW (300 hp). If you add the performance of the petrol engine, there is a system output of 609 hp and as a torque 1.000 Newton meters – at least according to the manufacturer.More on the subject: These are the most popular plug-in hybrids: now test drive!The super sports car performance in the technical data is noticeable when driving as a lavish drive impression, but not as spectacurists Power. A launch control, for example, saves Polestar, the acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds is therefore at the level of 200 hp of weaker sporty cars.

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Very specific: A BMW M2 Competition with 410 HP is just as quick at land street pace. The sprint capacity is also steamed by the large mass of the Chinese Sweden, which is 2.350 kg lies as much as Porsche’s fully electric sports car Taycan-although many carbon fiber composite materials are installed in the polestar.More on the subject: Tesla killer from Sweden? From now on, you can very much depend on this electrical volvo: In the "pure Pure" mode, the polestar 1 drives as electrically as possible, only when the kickdown does the burner lights up and intervenes in. Because the pure mode is to be the most efficient type of forward movement at the same time, the typical e-car punch is also missing from the stand.

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He does not reach a Tesla dynamic

The polestar then drives off as if pulled by the rubber band, as snapid. With a little delay, the electric drive builds up pressure and accelerates the coupe except for approx. 160 km/h, the dynamic, for example, of a Tesla Model 3 Long Range (with 190 kW performance), does not reach this.In power mode, the combustion engineer is there from the start and delivers sports car driving performance and four-cylinder tone with high speeds at the same time. When coordination of the sound, Polestar paid attention to a sporty touch, but the engine still feels acoustic as a foreign body in the luxury coupe.More on the subject: Plug-in-hybrid test 2020: These are the best plug-in hybrideda’s interaction of the engines works largely smoothly. In electrical mode you can set the recuperation (brake energy recovery) in different stages. At the highest level you can enjoy the electrical "one pedal driving"-means that you move the car alone with the accelerator pedal and the delay is so great that you practically never need the mechanical disc brakes. This is perfect for city traffic or relaxed driving on the country road.

… and consumption

A good compromise is the "hybrid" driving mode. The speed level of the burner remains low, the car is very quiet, and yet the power is available on pedal printing performance. In hybrid mode, the polestar also manages it, With a battery charge (34 kWh) and seven to eight liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers very wide motorway routes cover back.

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In power mode, the current consumption indicator shows frightening numbers again and again: If the drive loads the battery in parallel at 180 km / h, then 20 liters and more quickly appear in the display. As average consumption, we reached about eight liters in the test. On our 180-kilometer motorway consumption round, which we started at 130 km/h with an empty battery and cruise control, it was 9.4 liters per 100 kilometers.This makes it clear that efficiency is not the greatest strength of the double-charged Volvo burner. However, the polestar shares its fuel thirst with the most other plug-in hybrids: BMWS 3 Series with plug-in hybrid drive, for example, approved 8.1 liters under the same test conditions.

Electrical range and duration of loading

The purely electrical range, which polestar indicates 125 kilometers, depends very much on the usage profile in practice. On the motorway trip at 130 km/h, the burner started in the test after 86 kilometers. Although this is far below the factory, it is nevertheless by far the best value for plugin hybrids in the efahrer test database.

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The consumption is almost 35 kWh per 100 kilometers, i.e. significantly higher than the Porsche Taycan or the Tesla Model X. In commuting with average speeds around 50 km/h, however, the polestar reaches the factory specification: the test database shows 126 kilometers-the best value for plugin hybrid.More on the subject: Electrical range of plug-in hybrids: These 9 models drive the longest in the area around the plugins. The loading capacity of the Polestar 1: In the test, up to 52 kilowatts flowed through the CCS equal power connection. For comparison: The current plugin generation from Daimler also comes with a CCS charging connection, but has it with 20 kW charging capacity.

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The Polestar Coupe is the only car with plugin technology, where it is worth loading at the motorway service at a fuel stop with a coffee break. Half of the battery is filled in around 20 minutes, but then the charging capacity falls significantly, until the 100 percent mark goes by more than an hour.It is worth installing a type 2 wall box for charging in your own garage, because the supplied Schuko charger does not charge the battery overnight (charging duration up to 15 hours). At Wallboxes, the car loads full of 3.7 kW in nine hours.

Driving characteristics

The Polestar 1 is two centimeters flatter than the Porsche Taycan at a height of 1.35 meters, the seating position is similarly integrated into the car. However, the focus is significantly higher than in the Porsche because the combustion engine and the high -building battery behind the rear seats dominate the focus position. Nevertheless, there is hardly any side inclination in Polestar 1 – a property that is bought with a very tight coordination of the car.More on the subject: Extreme electrical cars: For electrical enthusiasts of the very special Artapropo’s coordination: The dynamic chassis does not focus on a menu selection in infotainment to set the chassis; Instead, there are adjustment screws on the four shock absorbers in the car that have to be twisted individually. The rear ones are difficult to access in the wheel arches. The test impression for adjustability: you can make a very hard car out of the hard car. Away from racetracks, the chassis is always best in the softest setting.

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The dynamic cornering behavior depends on the selected driving program and the battery charging level: in power mode and with a full battery, the rear pushes significantly to the outside when it is captured by the stability control.When the battery is empty, the electricoost is still sufficient to support the steering with gas use, then the polestar becomes noticeably a front-wheel drive with drive influences in the steering. Rekuperation and brakes also react noticeably to the battery level. The Taycan shows how this works optimally – just like with exemplary comfort, by the way.The polestar’s driving modes invite you to the gimmick and significantly change the character of the car:

  • Pure: In pure electric mode, the thick brummer glides gently and quietly, a maximum of 125 kilometers. This should even be done approximately after the first test drives. With this e-range alone, the car is literally ahead of German competitors for miles. The plug-in models from Daimler, Audi or VW usually make it limp after 50 to 60 kilometers. However, the hybrids from Volvo are no better on this point. It is irritating that in pure e-mode only the rear axle is really driven, because the two electric machines of the polestar are both on the rear axle. The car slips on wet road because when he bravely steps on the accelerator pedal so quickly that the ESP can only catch the rear with difficulty. 2.3 tons of weight cannot be hidden so easily.
  • Hybrid: Here the electronics automatically distribute the drive work between the petrol engine on the front and the electric motors on the rear axle. The car prefers to drive electrically here. Officially, the average consumption is 1.3 liters per 100 kilometers for the petrol engine and 25.5 kilowatt hours for the electric drive.
  • AWD: In all-wheel drive mode you move the car most sporty and safest. The response time of the system is impressively short, so that the 2.3 ton car remains impressively safe even in tight and fast curves.
  • power: Both drive systems are connected here for maximum strength development, 1000 Newton meters of torque and 609 hp system performance are available. The standing start does not go without any traction or brief intervention in traction control; The Polestar cannot offer the Carrera-Bahn effect of a Tesla Model 3 or Porsche Taycan with its madness accelerations. 4.2 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h are still an announcement.

While the polestar rushes gently and quietly in electric mode, there is something on the ears in sports mode. And not with sound design, but "in real": The four-cylinder engine sounds powerful and robust thanks to the enlarged intake truck and a modified exhaust system. One is reminiscent of the sound of a fifteen cylinder.More on the subject: Ionity multiplies charging current price – this is how you avoid cost trap on the highway, the car proves its qualities as a running -free glider. Incidentally, the Polestar from 2020 is the only way to buy a new car with Volvo genes that runs faster than 180 km/h. All Volvo models will be electronically limited to this pace in the future. Only the Polestar models, including the purely electrical ones, will be allowed to drive faster for the time being.

Space and Inner space

The carbon fiber reinforced body of the 4.6 meter long, two-meter-wide and only 1.3 meter high coupe cannot hide the fact that Polestar is a sister brand from Volvo. Apart from the Polestar logo on the hood, it could also be a coupe version of the S60 or maybe rather a kind of S90 Coupe.In the cockpit, well-contoured, comfortable nappa leather seats receive the passenger. The roof spans in an elegant arc over the heads of the occupants and consists entirely of a glass element. The rear seats are tight, but the passenger has plenty of footwell. The center console between the driver and passenger is like a wall. The reason is simple: among it is part of the 34 kilowatt hour of large hybrid batteries. So there is only a small shelf in the console.More on the subject: Tesla in everyday check: After two weeks, these 6 things were annoyed by a sports coupe large transport capacities. Polestar 1 is nevertheless a disappointment for people who hope for a travel vehicle for two: the trunk measures 125 liters-it is more likely to open it to admire the bright orange battery cable, which is under plexiglass To invite luggage.

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The fully electric successor of Polestar 1 is already in the starting blocks. Site has been sample before.The emergency seats, which can hardly be expected even for children, are also not good to use as storage space: the seats are unnecessarily separated by a bulge in the padding, so there are no level surface. In addition, it takes a long time to have the seat driven to the front so far that you can invite a suitcase – and the seat belt is in the way. So two sports bags remain the limit for luggage.

Operation and infotainment

The noble and tidy cockpit can hardly be distinguished from that of a Volvo V60 or XC90. All controls, the navigation system and the head-up display are known from the Swedish sister brand. All assistance systems from the distance control to the 360-degree camera are standard on board.More on the subject: Hackers took electric car apart: Now warn all drivers’ cockpit and the whole operating philosophy differs completely from the next model from Polestar, the pure electric car polestar 2. There is a consistent integration of Android Auto for the first time, and the interior is far from being as high quality as that of Polestar 1. The Stromer does not even cost half of the China Sweden first work.

Prices and options

Proud 155.000 euros demands Polestar for his first work. The Polestar 1 is at least fully equipped for this, there is nothing to be desired. There are no surcharges, you only have to choose from five paints (except for a subtle blue everything very covered) as well as different rims and interior colors. You can also decide whether the decorative strips should be chrome -plated or executed black. The complete charging technology is also standard on board.Even because of its price, the Polestar 1 will probably remain an exotic on German roads, while the purely electrical polestar 2 (from 59.000 euros) as a competitor for the Tesla Model 3 and the E-models from Audi could become a top seller. As a first work for the establishment of a new brand, the Hybrid Coupe Polestar 1 is always successful.More on the subject: Electric auto funding: Why China is now again billions in electric cars. Setting compared to other Chinese manufacturers also have a big advantage: you cannot buy the car from Volvo-there are special polestar showrooms in selected cities, you can order this Car only online- but all maintenance and inspection work is carried out by Volvo dealers. China manufacturers such as Borgward or the newcomer NIO ultimately have the problem that they lack exactly this dealer network as a basis of trust for buyers.

Conclusion: Unique Hybrid-Gran-Turismo from China

From a technical point of view, Polestar 1 is an interesting feasibility study. The large battery and the charging power uniquely high for plugin hybrid give the coupe a special position: no other plugin hybrid on the market is only approximate as electric mobile as the polestar 1.With its price, the car does not compare itself with other plugin hybrids, but with the Porsche Taycan, and in this comparison the polestar looks weak: the Porsche can do everything better in the Taycan Turbo variant. Only on the long distance does the petrol reach of the hybrid-but for the big tour, the trunk volume of 125 liters is far too little.The Polestar 1 also proof that Geely can also build great cars with Volvo know-how and components of established suppliers in China. The Polestar 2 should build on it and become a real Tesla competitor. At the same time, Polestar 1 is the technical basis for the further development of the plugin hybrid models from Volvo. Large quantities are not planned for Polestar 1 anyway.Ultimately, the Polestar 1 is a classic Gran Turismo despite its alternative drive concept. A powerful travel vehicle for style -conscious – the Maserati for the environmentally conscious premium buyer, so to speak. As a status symbol for extrovert people, it works perfectly: rarely when testing a car we were approached as often as with this as with this.

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12 thoughts on “Polestar 1 in the test: Volvo’s hybrid growth brook with 600 hp is really – tests”

  1. What bothers me
    are the performance values. Meanwhile, cars are (also cheaper) the performance values of … Have F1 racing cars and gives them into the hands of people who cannot handle it in most cases. What is the meaning behind it? In principle, to save energy completely contrary to the current trend. Wouldn’t do 150 hp? No matter whether electrically or conventionally. These performance values are complete nonsense. I only think of one reason for this and it is not very desirable for the buyer of such a car. For me even a reason not to call such vehicles my own.

  2. speed up
    Why don’t you get any information how long a sentence tires with such acceleration values, for example because the testers don’t care if after 5.000 kilometers The next tire set is due ? Doesn’t cost anything if you go full throttle as a tester.

  3. One can
    It turn and turn as you want. When it comes to long distances, then there is no herb for the latest diesel today. There is no electric car in the world in comparison. And stop me with acceleration values a la Tesla. That’s absolute humbuk. I drive around 80.000km/year, I am not interested in acceleration, but low consumption, high driving comfort and security. All of this cannot (yet) (yet) like a really good burner.

  4. One
    is quite sure, for the money I would also buy a Porsche GT3 instead of such a mill. Or a nice M3 from BMW.

  5. Nothing sheds. China!
    Correction: It is a Chinese car. It is built in Luquiao/China. Polestar is a brand name from the Chinese manufacturer Geely. The only Swedish is that Geely also bought Volvo in 2010, and Polestar is a joint subsidiary of Geely and the Geely company Volvo. So 100% chinaware. But apparently that is embarrassing to them.

  6. In China…
    …Excellent cars are now being built. German arrogance is no longer appropriate. As a German supplier, we supply Geelyvolvopolestar etc. So…Suppliers with their development from Germany serve the know-how of these cars….

  7. Conclusion
    Useless, meaningful, is not even suitable as a technology carrier. If he needs 7-8l plus 34 kWh at 100km. 34kWh corresponds to € 10.20 at 30CT/kWh. For € 10.20 I get 7-8l fuel depending on the price. So 14-16l at 100km!? And then a 400PS car for half the price? The idea for this car should never have been able to get it beyond the specification. And I say that as a technique -loving car rab.

  8. whom
    Should cars beyond 100.Address 000 €? Completely meaningful car. There is real sports cars for so much money, so nobody has to walk tons of batteries …

  9. Glare
    I praise myself my V60 – it runs with diesel and without an electric motor with 6.5 liters of diesel per 100 km (real consumption) instead of a vollectric hybrid with petrol drive at prices with a glares of 9.4 liter super -sprit swallowed. Where is the electrical area – the electricity costs additional.

  10. move to Trash
    For me a senseless car. If environmentally friendly then correctly, that means 5 seats for me where you can get in. The thing about the belt is total crap? The one where 155.Spends 000 euros for this only makes it out of the mood, for yourself or for a maximum of two. Nobody drives on vacation with children.

  11. April
    An April Fool’s joke in May. It is very strange that you are making advertising for such a car, but it is also encouraged. A small comparison from the real world might not be hurt. I drive a Golf 7 with 125 hp and currently have a consumption of 5.2 to 5.5 liters. Of course, I have to say that about 75 percent motorway is driven in the Ruhr area. In normal city traffic, the broke was around 6.5 liters and this petrol engine was not a bit.

  12. You are right, Mr. Gallwitz
    …Let yourself be from hair gaps like Mr. K. Nothing persuaded, some people are blinded. Can not do anything.


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