The Polestar 2 is a highly impressive electric family car with solid range – so naturally, EVERY video review has fixated on comparing it to a certain other ubiquitous EV, made by a bloke called Elon. We challenged Jack to do an entire review without mentioning T***a. Here’s how it went.
Spoilers: in our humble opinion, it’s one of the best EVs out there. Starting with the exterior, you’ve got a difficult-to-categorise SUV-crossover design that sports stylish touches, but doesn’t look like it’s about to teleport us to Mars. Polestar is Volvo’s electric sub-brand, so in many ways it resembles a Volvo – but that’s a good thing. Volvos are cool now.
But more than that, it’s complemented with details such as the gold brake calipers, distinctive headlight design, and futuristic light bar at the back – yes, we know every EV has a light bar now, but that’s because they look awesome – plus there’s that lovely crease. (Um… look at the car again and you’ll see what we mean.)
The standout feature on the Polestar 2 is its cabin, which is clean, minimalistic, super-spacious and really comfortable, creating the feeling that you’re in a luxury vehicle without any weird spaceship vibes. As a bonus, it’s 100% vegan. There’s amazing sound quality, and, in a stroke of genius that other EVs will no doubt soon be copying, rather than trying to design their own clunky OS, the infotainment system runs on Android.
One odd feature is that underneath its huge bonnet there’s a weirdly tiny “frunk” in the middle, leaving you wondering what else is happening down there. But it’s compensated for by a massive boot – so massive there’s even another boot underneath the boot. Like the little mouth inside the Alien alien, but much more helpful. There’s also a sweeping panoramic sunroof, a great reversing camera, and frameless wing mirrors (which doesn’t sound like much until you try going back to life without them).
On the road, Jack tries taking it from 0-60 mph in under 5 seconds – that’s fast in any car, and positively alarming in a machine of this size. It handles surprisingly well; Polestar used to be Volvo’s racing division, and it shows. There’s also fancy suspension which you can get underneath the chassis and adjust yourself if you want to. Which… nobody will, ever, but hey. With full-time four wheel drive, there’s an even power split, providing plenty of grip. It’s also very easy to get going – with no key and no start button, instead, the seat simply senses your unique buttocks and is ready for action.
Overall, as you’ve already guessed, we love it. The Polestar 2 is a great blend of the familiar and the futuristic. And not to go back on our promise of not mentioning the T-word, but seriously – there’s room for more than one electric car on the market, and no reason to be pitting all of them against each other when they’re all bringing about a positive change. The more differing high-quality options there are, all the better for the electric revolution.