- Have you been too bored with e-cars and Tesla’s too many smartphones on wheels? Here comes the electric car for petrolheads
Have you been too bored with e-cars and Tesla’s too many smartphones on wheels? Here comes the electric car for petrolheads
People who like to switch gear themselves and listen to the intake noise often lack enthusiasm for electric cars. Understandable. Electric cars accelerate almost instantly, but driving is not necessarily fun. They are often too artificial, too playful and too sterile.
Polestar managed to solve these problems! The Polestar 2 not only impresses with its acceleration and its output of 408 hp. On top of that, it offers driving fun and that without engaging in the technical gimmicks of a Tesla to lose, or as much as a Porsche Taycan to taste. Impressive!
The Polestar 2 doesn’t have many buttons. Most of it is set via the display, including the air conditioning. The strength of the recuperation is also regulated here. Polestar relies entirely on the famous one-pedal driving. In the standard setting (maximum recuperation, crawler gear off) you can actually manage without a brake pedal as a rule.
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Polestar 2 (2020) in the test: electric car for design-savvy individualists
There is a lot on the Polestar 2 that is reminiscent of Volvo, from the Thor’s Hammer light signature to the typical Volvo steering wheel and the design of the air vents. The affinity to modern digital technology is also clearly noticeable. The display system uses Android as the operating system. You can address it with "Ok, Google" and it replies. If you want, it also tells jokes. And the navigation is based on Google Maps.
The car belongs to the middle class; Despite the fossil fuels, the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class and the Tesla Model 3 are named as competitors. The electric drive of the Polestar 2 is essentially the same as that of the Volvo XC40 Pure Electric. With two times 150 kW, so a total of 408 hp, it offers plenty of power and with 470 kilometers (WLTP) also a decent range.
The most important data at a glance:
Motor: Two permanent magnet synchronous motors (Valeo-Siemens)
Power: 2x 150 kW = 300 kW (408 PS)
Torque: 2x 330 Nm = 660 Nm
Weight: 2,123 kg (51% front; 49% rear)
Top speed: 205 km / h
Acceleration (0-100 km / h): 4.7 sec.
Consumption (100 km): 19.3 kWh
Range: 470 – 560 km (combined – city)
Test car price: 64,900 euros
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