Polestar is a new subsidiary of Volvo. In the past, Volvo vehicles have had high-performance versions designed by Polestar.
Now Polestar has its own line of vehicles with a different and more modern version. Rather than being a performance division, today it is an electric car manufacturer.
The Polestar 2 is the second vehicle to launch under the Polestar brand, a division of Volvo that prioritizes performance electric vehicles. The Polestar 2 shares most of its EV technology and fundamentals with the Volvo XC40 Recharge SUV.
The 2023 Polestar 2 offers single and dual electric motor configurations. The single-engine model has more potential range, while the dual-engine model changes range somewhat for faster acceleration.
style and options
The 2023 Polestar 2 is a small hatchback sedan that comes in a choice of long-range single-engine or long-range twin-engine versions.
Both have a 78 kilowatt-hour battery and a similar feature set, so opting for dual motors will primarily give you faster acceleration.
Polestar 2, 11.15-inch center touchscreen, lifetime wireless software updates, integrated Google Voice Assistant and Google Assistant, wireless Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, satellite radio, Polestar Connect connected services, system navigation, two front USB-C ports , eight-speaker sound system.
The long-range twin-engine model adds 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, performance tires, sport-tuned suspension with manually adjustable shock absorbers, Brembo four-piston brakes with ventilated and perforated front discs, adding gold accents outside and inside.
The heat pump included in the Plus Package operates over a wider temperature range to help prevent driving range losses seen in colder climates.
For 2023, Polestar adds a limited edition BST Edition 270, with only 270 units produced worldwide, boosting performance with hardware upgrades and a tougher exterior, making it the rarest Polestar model to date.
The more powerful of the two 2023 Polestar 2 models has the same standard equipment as the single-engine version. Here are the differences: dual electric motors with 408 horsepower, 487 lb-ft of torque with all-wheel drive, and an EPA-estimated 260-mile range.
In addition to the Plus Pack and Pilot Pack, the twin-engine Polestar 2 is available with a significant performance upgrade: the Performance Pack, a good software upgrade for 476 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque.
An optional trailer package increases the Polestar 2’s maximum towing capacity to 2,000 pounds.
The interior is elegant and simple. All the materials, even the plastic parts, have a higher quality look and feel than you’d find in a Tesla.
The Polestar 2 isn’t a big car, but it does provide a decent amount of space for front and rear passengers. The vehicle’s small size makes it relatively easy to get in and out of tight parking spaces.
It is available with new wheel designs, paint colors and interior materials, including a new premium leather upholstery upgrade that equips the Polestar 2 with ventilated front seats for the first time.
The Plus Package includes a more advanced air filter to keep unwanted particles out of the cabin.
Most of the controls come directly from sister company Volvo and take some getting used to. This includes window switches, steering wheel and turn signal levers. The front seats have enough cushioning and support to make long journeys comfortable.
Visibility is supported by relatively large side windows and mirrors. However, since the rear window is narrow, the surround view camera system is important.
The Polestar 2 has a hatch and a small front trunk. Second, at 1.3 cubic feet, it’s not useful for much more than one or two small items. The rear with a deep cargo area that looks larger than the official 14.2 cubic feet of capacity.
This Android-based touchscreen has many benefits, including over-the-air updates, automatic updating like your smartphone for the latest software and features, and Google Maps-based navigation.
Everything is simple and works more like a smartphone than many other systems. There isn’t much at the moment, but you do have the ability to add apps from the Google Play store.
Apple CarPlay comes standard for smartphone integration and mirroring of your phone’s apps to the touchscreen. Android Auto is not yet available, which seems odd considering it’s a Google-based system. Our test vehicle had four USB-C ports and a wireless charger.
Voice controls work well, which is another advantage of Android software. Besides entering an address or setting the climate, you can ask the weather or have the car tell you a joke. The Harman Kardon sound system is pretty good.
Polestar 2 brings many advanced safety systems that were included in the fully loaded version last year such as driver attention warning, forward collision avoidance, lane departure reduction, parking sensors.
It adds blind spot warning with power steering, rear cross traffic warning, automatic rear braking, rear collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping system, emergency braking system, surround view camera, adaptive headlights with Pixel LED technology, and LED cornering fog lights.
on the highway
I like the way the Long Range Dual Motor Polestar 2 Plus rides, it’s all one bullet. It rides fast and solid, making it a smoother car than some electric models I’ve tested. It is also quiet, with only slight wind and road noise visible at highway speeds.
The Polestar is a smooth car that delivers the easy, quiet acceleration we’ve come to expect from an EV. Emergency braking is no problem for short distances, and the Polestar 2 offers easy one-pedal driving. It is full of life at low speeds, allowing you to easily keep up with the traffic.
Lifting the accelerator will cause the strong regenerative braking to slow you down, so in most cases you don’t need to use the brake pedal.
The standard retrofit setup of the Polestar 2 is very powerful and allows for easy one-pedal driving around town with almost no need to touch the brake pedal. Even the low refresh setting will noticeably slow the vehicle down at take-off.
If you enjoy driving, turn the regen off completely as it allows the single engine to shut down as soon as you lift the throttle, leaving the car more free to drive in any environment that arises.
The Polestar is a smooth car that offers the effortless acceleration we expect from an electric vehicle. It also offers easy one-pedal driving thanks to plenty of available regenerative braking.
Similar to Tesla’s Model 3, the Polestar 2 offers single and dual electric motor configurations. The single-engine model has more potential range, while the dual-engine model changes range somewhat for faster acceleration.
An engine’s Polestar 2 carries Volvo’s DNA, and the brand knows that the electric vehicle space is growing every day. The changes for 2023 help keep the Polestar 2 among the best electric vehicles on the market.
You will definitely want to get the Long Range Plus Dual Engine model to get the most out of this vehicle.
Price: Starting at $53,300
Consumption: The EPA rates it from 225 miles to 260 miles of range
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