Polestar 2 of Volvo: Test and Technical Data

Driving report Polestar 2

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Polestar 2: number 2 hunt number three

  • Site editor Sebastian Viehmann (Hamburg)

The Polestar 2 is one of the most expected premium electric cars. Site and Germany’s largest electric car portal site feel on the tooth. One advantage is preserved: the polestar does not beat it with the range.

Tesla’s high-flyer share price proves that electromobility is more than just a straw fire. So far, no one has been really dangerous to the global bestseller Tesla Model 3. Sure, there are Stromer who are better processed and more comfortable (z.B. Audi e-tron, Mercedes EQC) that have better performance and security reserves (Porsche Taycan) or affordable emobility (VW e-up, Hyundai Kona, Renault Zoe). But in the sum of its characteristics, the Tesla Model 3 actually always drives to first place. Is the Polestar 2 the long -awaited gamechanger?

Polestar, the Volvo from China

Polestar was once the tuning division of Volvo and was enclosed by the Volvo mother group Geely to the own brand. Their first work was the Polestar 1, a PS strong plug-in hybrid (see video test). Number two drives purely electrically, but only costs around a third. Including all subsidies and with a reduced VAT, the Polestar 2 starts at 48.540 euros (standard price: 57.900 euros). This moves in the area of the Tesla Model 3 and well below the Audi E-Tron or Mercedes EQC. And: The Polestar as a high-legged coupe sedan does not operate the narrative of the evil SUV, even if the China sweds are definitely followed up by such a model.

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But the car also got the many advance laurels right? Site and Germany’s largest electric car portal site have made a first test drive in and around Hamburg.

Body and interior

The Polestar 2 may not be a SUV, it is still a decent trummy. 4.6 meters long and 1.9 meters wide, with a lavish front (in which the designers did not want to do without a indicated radiator grille in contrast to Tesla) and a striking rear with continuous light strap ensure that the polestar does not overlook so quickly will. The space is good at the front and back, on the rear seats the huge panoramic glass roof provides great views.

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Behind the electrical tailgate, which can also be opened under the bumper thanks to the sensor, 405 liters of luggage space plus underbody compartment are waiting. This can be used for more sensitive luggage, because the charging cables (Schuko and Type 2) can be found under the front hood (Frunk). If you put on the rear seats, the storage space grows to 1095 liters. Sure, this is not exactly a Passat level and large electric SUVs like the Audi e-tron offer more space. But if the stroller no longer has to go, the Polestar 2 goes through as a family carriage suitable for vacation.

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Manufacturer The Polestar 2 has a continuous glass roof

At first glance, it is clear to the cockpit that the car is related to Volvo. Design, instruments and infotainment, switch and lever – you know everything from Sweden. Wood inserts are part of the Ikea feeling. Instead of an extra airy cockpit like in the Tesla Model 3 / Model Y, the polestar gives the little feel-good tanner. The processing of the car manufactured in China is flawless and shows how high the level of production in the Far East is now. However: the hard sculpture parts and details used such as visible plastic seams on the driving level lever show that we are not quite at Volvo or Audi level in the polestar. The massive center console makes something, especially because of the XXL monitor, gives away a lot of storage space. The large mobile phone compartment with two covered USB C charging sectors and the area inclined down is good for contactless (inductive) loading. Due to the inclination, you cannot get into the temptation to look at hand while driving.

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Manufacturer Polestar 2 cockpit

Operation and infotainment

But that would not be necessary, because the actual highlight of the cockpit is the Android user environment. Nothing works on board the Polestar 2 without Google-what annoys iPhone owners: CarPlay will only come on board from May 2021, and for the time being there is only a normal Bluetooth connection for iPhones. But the navigation on the 11.15-inch display with the free rotating and zoomable card is absolutely convincing. You hardly have to set anything, thanks to voice control: with "Hey, Google" And free text usually does not require any cumbersome typing and looking in any target menus. "Usually", Because not all language inputs were always understood right away during the first test drives.

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The complete infotainment system is also included in the standard scope of the car as the entire assistance systems. A 360 degree all-round camera with a high resolution, the distance control or cross traffic warning leave little desires open. But what is missing is a head-up display.

Drive, consumption and range

The Polestar 2 has two permanent magnet synchronous engines that perform 150 kW each and make the car an all-wheel-driven car with 300 kW / 408 hp and 660 Newton meters of torque. The maximum power distribution to the rear axle is 50 percent, the power sucks the four-door from a 78 kWh lithium-ion battery with 324 cells in 27 modules.

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Manufacturer The Polestar 2 is 4.6 meters long

With the mileage you are not allowed to do a Tesla in "Insane mode" Expect – the Volvo -savvy customer will not do that in case of doubt either. The acceleration from a standing start (4.7 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h) and the passage when overtaking remain impressive in any case. Thanks to the continuously continued power transmission from the threading lane, the car is confident on the highway to almost 210 km/h on the left lane, all of this with a subtle background noise.

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Cattle man Relaxation current: The Polestar 2 relies on comfort and subtle power

As gratifying as it is inconsistent, it is that in Polestar you have to dispense with the compulsory discount at Volvo at 180 km/H. The energy consumption is increasing strongly beyond the 120 km/h, but the China Sweden may want to bait fans of German high-speed brands in particular. If you need even more speed, you have to reach for the Tesla again or to the Porsche Taycan, both of which can drive much faster than 200 km/h.

Efficiency can obviously be better

Incidentally, the energy consumption of the Polestar 2 is its biggest shortcoming, and this is already the case with the official average of 19.3 kWh per 100 km. In practice, the current consumption indicator in the test car with the large 20 inch rims mostly showed values between 20 and 30 kWh, which also explains the somewhat disappointing range. At 80 percent battery charge, the car showed 350 kilometers at the start of the trip, which after the motorway ride shrank with a cozy 130 to 150 km/h faster than expected. So far, Tesla has just been ahead here. The 470 kilometer range after WLTP cycle could be difficult to achieve in the Polestar; For a final judgment we are still waiting for a more detailed practical test.

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Chassis and driving behavior

There are no complaints about driving behavior. Although the Polestar 2 is very heavy – 2123 kilograms it drags around with him even when empty – there is neither a noticeable rolling tendency in curves nor the sometimes used wooden driving behavior. The steering can be set in three stages. You don’t notice anything from a large spread to sports mode, but the car directs relatively directly. If you want to protect the large -scale disc brakes in city traffic, you will set up recuperation on the display "High" one, then there is almost that "One Pedal Driving"-Feeling of the Nissan Leaf.

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Cattle man With the Polestar 2, the Geely Volvo group wants to be in the Audi and Co premium segment. poaching

The chassis is really successful, which only passes on to the passengers in short bumps. However: As with Polestar 1, you have to manually adjust the shock absorbers if they do not fit in the degree of hardness. No one understands why a car in this price range does not have an adaptive damper system, as you can already get it in the VW Golf.

Price and equipment

During Polestar 1 a whopping 155.000 euros costs, the new Stromer aims directly into the heart of the German premium segment. The price list of the test car shows with full equipment 58.902 euros, whereby only 20 inch wheels and barley leders are pending for 4387 euros (as standard, the car has seats that are located as standard "Veganes Weavetech" to name). The standard price (57.900 euros) through the new purchase bonus and the reduced VAT to 48.Reduced 540 euros. The polestar is a bargain compared to expensive electric SUV of German provenance. Apart from the missing head-up dispaly, the equipment is completely called: multi-zone automatic climate automatic, heated front and rear seats, navigation and infotainment system with "Over the air"-Update for the entire lifespan of the vehicle, pixel LED headlights, electrical trunk flap and much more.

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As standard, two charging cables are included in the Polestar 2. And so the car taps new energy:

  • AC with Schukostecker emergency charging cable or type 2 cable (wall box) with up to 11 kW (three-phase)
  • DC with CCS plug with a maximum of 150 kW (loading time approx. 40 minutes to 80%)


It is not enough for the Tesla killer with the polestar if you create the electrical range as a benchmark. However, the current built in China should hurt the German premium competition, because it will be delivered from October, while the Germans according to Audi E-Tron and Co. It is only possible to add new models next year and BMW is completely blank with innovations (apart from IX3). Other plus points include the good space, the excellent mileage and the extensive equipment.

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Polestar Polestar Precept

Processing and material appearance are not quite at Volvo level, but very good; The polestar is anything but a cheap car from China. He is a Tesla without the extra kick, but even without the suffering that Tesla customers sometimes have in detail with their brand with service disaster or many mistakes. At the polestar, there were obviously people who have been designing cars for a long time. Design and operation are also a bit more conventional, with the exception of the well-integrated Android environment.Above all, the Polestar should address a different, somewhat more conservative clientele than Tesla. Sales are done online, maintenance and service (if necessary in addition to the online updates) take place via the Volvo dealer network. At BMW, Audi and Daimler you will have the new electric brand very carefully in mind. Especially since the model range should grow quickly. An SUV and a luxury sedan are already in the pipeline.

Manufacturer: Polestar
Type: Electric car
Engine: Two AC Permanentmagnet synchronous engines
Perfomance: 300 kW
(408 PS)
Top speed: 205 km/h
further data…
Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h: 4.7 seconds
Transmission: Tin-hand gearbox
Drive: all wheel drive
Battery type: Lithium ions
Range electrical: 470 km
Consumption: 19.3 kWh/100 km according to NEFZ
Loading option to household socket: Yes
Load options and types of plugs: Schuko; Type 2 (one or three-phase, a maximum of 11 kW); DC (CCS), a maximum of 150 kW
Charging time: DC shop CA. 40 minutes to 80%; AC shop CA. 6-8 hours
Length: 4606 mm
Broad: 1985 mm
Height: 1479 mm
Empty weight: 2123 kg
Seats: 5
Purchase price: 57.900 euros
Battery included in the price: Yes

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1 thought on “Polestar 2 of Volvo: Test and Technical Data”

  1. True words !
    Tesla is overrated, that’s true. But not because of polestar. That will still regulate, I’m sure…..


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