Polestar 2 is a shockingly spacious car for a family of four And Quadruple friend.
Polestar actually started in 1996 and then became owned by “Flash/Polestar Racing”. In 2015, the company was acquired by Volvo, which in turn is owned by China’s Geely after the acquisition in 2010.
Independent of Volvo, Polestar has a design that doesn’t make us think primarily of a Swedish car manufacturer, but inside is more reminiscent of Volvo, and in a good way (everything inside is very solidly built), and with safety features offensive. More on this later.
The Polestar 2 has received good reviews in the Norwegian press, and although we are far from the first to test it, it is an important brand that we think is desirable given the offensive price in the now very large electric car market with many competitors in the same price range. , including from Kia.
We tested the single Long Range engine model with the Plus package which costs 429,000 kroner.
The premium package includes:
- heat pump
- Panoramic roof with Polestar projection symbol
- Harman Kardon Premium Sound
- WeaveTech i Slate/Charcoal Seats
- Fully electrically adjustable seats with 4-way lumbar support (driver’s seat with memory), mechanical seat extension and rear storage net
- Heated rear seats, steering wheel and windshield wiper nozzles
- interior lighting upgrade
- 15W wireless mobile phone charging
- Grocery bag holder
- Tinted window on the back door
Here are all the Polestar 2 prices:
- Long-range twin motor 429,000kr
- Single long-range engine: 389,000 kroner
- Standard single-engine range: 349 000 kr
- Performance package: 50,000 kr
- Plus package: 40,000 kroner
- Trial package: 30,000 kr
This is how you work
During testing we were always a little unsure whether we had activated forward or reverse gear, as the car is a bit slow to start rolling forward. This is enhanced by moving the “gear” up to the rear, not backward. It sounds a little silly, but it wasn’t familiar a few times before we got used to it. The fact that starting to roll gently made us unsafe when driving out of tight areas like parking garages: it requires a little more pedal pressure than required, and you don’t want to speed up much either, but luckily the starts are very smooth and a nice experience and actually less offensive for a long time From Kia Niro.
The turning radius of this front wheel drive is not impressive which is something we wish to improve on more cars. As is known, they are cramped in Oslo.
Trond me, not a fan of parking
With that in mind, it also makes sense to talk about driving experience. We tested it with the longest range and without all-wheel drive, and we learned that acceleration is more than enough even on this model. You will have no difficulty getting out of a difficult situation or holding back if necessary.
The car feels safe and stable on the road and when cornering and exiting roundabouts. We are happy with the low profile tires the test car was delivered with, both on dry and wet roads, and had no problems with braking in parking situations where you have to be more vigilant due to constant changes and drivers who don’t follow that well enough.
Polestar 2 is a single pedal car where you rarely need to apply the brakes. The reason is that you can activate the brake so that the battery is charged by releasing the accelerator pedal. This is easy to get used to, and annoying to lose.
When driving on the road, it is much more pleasant than if you are lying on a highway. On the slightly curvy roads of the country, it is a pleasure to drive, because you sit low and the large panoramic roof elevates the experience on a nice autumn day with the sun. Polestar sells itself as a sportswear brand, and while it doesn’t take that much in any extreme way, it’s fun for the price and you’re sitting in it a lot less than you’d think by looking at it from the outside.
The touch screen didn’t take us any time to figure this out, and what’s even better is that whatever you tap on reacts instantly without having to target interface objects.
BrandApple CarPlay: Not yet implemented, but Polestar says it will. Alternatively, you can sign in with Google and control the vehicle using speech recognition.
The visual expression matches the car well, so we have nothing to complain about. Here, like many other automakers, Polestar could have screwed it up as a new player in the market, but they did a good job and deserved fame. There is little more annoying than screens that don’t respond properly when driving and have to keep up with much more important things.
The car has two display modes above the steering wheel:
The fact that the map is shown above the steering wheel is also very practical. Both of these home screens are very similar to the Tesla Model S, but much smaller. This is good, though. We may want options to set up the interface as you wish, but we also understand that the information here should be easy to understand and as little distraction as possible. Google Maps could have had smoother animations when driving in and out of tunnels, with day and night modes changing automatically, but that’s the Android way. If you’ve used an Android tablet, this experience is actually better, but it’s not as fluid as iPadOS.
Seven updates delivered, late July 2021. Here’s what we think is a good refresh rate and something we hope Polestar will continue to do:
Active cruise control and sensors
Surrounding cameras provide a good overview when driving in and out of the parking lot, and are automatically activated. The car is a bit Volvo in the sense that the rear sounds and warnings are very prominent – safety is important and has always been an important focus for Volvo in recent history.
We tested going back to the charging station and then testing that the emergency brake was activated even though we weren’t close to breaking down or driving fast, so be aware of that. There are also foot tracking sensors, which is very important because the rear window is very small and gives very little overview of what’s going on, especially if you have a dog in luggage that constantly sticks its head in.
And be aware that side mirrors can fly off very easily, especially in damp tunnels, and the fact that heating them Not It happens automatically, but must be activated manually, it’s annoying if not downright dangerous. Here, Polestar has a task to do by doing that task automatically for us.
Cars, especially electric cars, are almost sleep-deprived to drive properly, especially if you drive with adaptive cruise control, which is recommended to conserve battery.
The car has a constant and relatively low “drone” sound. We may have driven more expensive cars with better noise isolation, but the Polestar 2 is on par with cars in its price range in our opinion, and it’s not bad, just not the best.
The car does not have the characteristics of self-driving, but adheres to “adaptive cruise control”, that is, it follows the car in front of it. Like all other cars with this function, you can choose how far ahead or behind the car should be, and that’s it.
For the price, you’re not expected to get Teslas jobs like they drive you to the place you’ve indicated on the map, or that they pick you up in the parking lot, parking lot, and things like that. Did we miss Autopilot? Not so much, but it’s also about the expectations you get when you sit down.
Talk about sitting down and resting
You’re sitting lower than in the “normal car,” and so it takes an extra pair of pants to get out. The car has many modifications to the steering wheel and as do the seats. Plus, because not all cars are good at this. Perhaps the slightly sporty feel is why there are nearly endless adjustment options available with the steering wheel.
The seats are made of durable hemp that handles water: it just bounces.
If you’re short, you’ll appreciate that the seat can be “raised” so much that you’ll in no way have problems orienting yourself, but note that there’s a little you can see from the back window:
There’s surprisingly good room in the front and rear – more than you’d think when you see the car from the outside. I am 183 years old and can stretch almost to the front of the passenger. As a driver, the length isn’t an issue, but we wish it was a little deeper under the pedals so the knee wasn’t too raised, especially on my left leg, but that’s my body now.
It’s just sporty enough at a good price, and while it doesn’t have self-driving features, it’s sometimes the most enjoyable feature of an active and safe driving experience the car offers. You sit low, but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a sports car; There’s more than enough room here for two kids and a larger dog, and the touchscreen won’t bother you to do what you should be doing as you like, but nothing more. The speakers are stubborn, and the ambient effect doesn’t make much of a difference.
If you stick with cruise control, you’ll be further weakened by the battery that functions as a car in this price range, but nothing more. Like many cars of the same type, driving long distances on the highway can quickly become boring just because everything is so easy, and because it’s so well located on the road that you hardly even notice you’re driving anymore. Electric cars are like trains in that they float forward, so be sure to grab a coffee when you need to charge up anyway.
I can’t give a score in good conscience as I have very little baseline regarding electric car testing (more will be tested. Mercedes EQS will be very exciting), but I can give you a plus and minus list:
- Surprisingly spacious
- Comfortable and simple in everything
- The touch screen works just as you wish
- A large and beautiful panoramic roof that does not bother even with direct sunlight
- There are no self-driving features
- Weak speaker system
- Apple CarPlay is missing
- Automatically lacks side mirror heating
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