The electric era that the automotive industry is currently living in has not only led to the development of many models but has also given birth to several brands that were born in the midst of it.
Polestar is an excellent example because the company focuses on automobiles using this kind of energy.
In addition to this, it will do so in a significant manner, using the Polestar 2 as its benchmark automobile at present.
At a glance, one can see that it borrows ideas from the Volvo 40.2 Concept Car, which was introduced in 2016, and should be noted.
And the reason for this is that Geely, the Chinese automaker, considers the Swedish house its sister company.
You can probably guess that if there is a competitor to which it can be related in terms of the power struggle for its market segment, this would be called Tesla.
After putting everything in its proper place and establishing its context, it is time to get down to business and thoroughly discuss the Polestar 2.
To accomplish this, we will focus our attention on the five aspects typically addressed in product evaluations.
These aspects are the product’s exterior design, mechanical structure, internal equipment, price, and a comparison with a competitor in the market whose name will be revealed at the end of the review. Here we go.
The Polestar 2 is a battery-powered sedan that competes in the D segment of the electric vehicle market.
Although it has been manufactured since 2020 and has been available for purchase since then, it did not make its way to Spain until the middle of 2022.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions that have been in place since it began probably have something to do with this phenomenon.
To our great relief, the state of affairs around the world has appeared to have improved to the point where it is now possible for it to land on the Old Continent.
The fact of the matter is that its layout attracts the attention of everyone who sees it thanks to the characteristics that “crossover” it and which we discussed at the outset.
This concept is made abundantly clear by the vehicle’s front grille, headlights, and rear area.
After mentioning that its body is integrated into Volvo’s modular and compact platform, known as CMA, the next step is to discuss the features that evoke memories of the crossovers that are so common.
The front of the vehicle has a grid of small squares for the grille, the headlights are in the shape of “Thor’s hammer,” and the taillights are in the form of a light strip that spans the width of the vehicle.
And it has a pair of curves distributed on the two sides, one of which looks like a C on the left. At the same time, the other appears to be upside down.
In addition, its illumination is provided by 288 LEDs, each of which can be independently activated or deactivated to adjust the brightness level.
Taking all of this into consideration, it has dimensions of 4.61 meters in length, 1.8 meters in width, and 1.48 meters in height; additionally, it has a wheelbase that measures 2.73 meters and is authorized to carry up to approximately five passengers inside the passenger compartment.
Further, due to the absence of a transmission tunnel, the journey for all three passengers seated in the second row is characterized by a high level of comfort.
In this regard, two hearts are located behind them, the front seat has a capacity of 435 liters, and the rear hub has either 35 (versions with two engines) or 41 liters (versions with one machine).
Up to four different versions of the powertrain are available for the Polestar 2. They are differentiated based on whether they carry on board 1 or 2 and the capacity of their batteries.
The first level is called the Standard Range, and it has a battery capacity of 69 kWh, out of which 67 are usable. It also has a motor with a power output of 170 kW and works in tandem with the battery (224 hp power).
It can accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 7.4 seconds and has a top speed of 160 kilometers per hour. It has a homologated range of 474 kilometers in the WLTP cycle.
Next is the Long Range model, which is identical to the standard model in that it is equipped with the same engine and enjoys the same torque capacity, acceleration, and top speed.
However, the Long Range model is paired with a battery with a higher capacity overall—precisely 78 kWh—which allows it to claim a homologated range of up to 515 kilometers.
Above is the Dual Motor, the first here that equips two electric motors that propel it up to 408 horsepower.
This translates into a maximum torque of 660 Newton meters, a top speed of 205 kilometers per hour, and acceleration from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 4.7 seconds, which is significantly higher than the other models.
Brembo brakes, 20-inch wheels fitted with performance tires, and Ohlins suspensions are just some of the distinguishing features included in the top-tier Performance version, which shares its configuration with the one described in detail.
In addition, the Performance version has a maximum power output of 476 horsepower and features several other distinctive components.
That is correct; the vehicle’s homologated autonomy is capped at approximately 482 kilometers.
The maximum amount that can be recharged in direct current is approximately 116 kW (batteries with less capacity) or 155 kW (with the most capable battery).
The maximum amount that can be restored in alternating current is approximately 11 kW.
There is no shadow of a doubt that the technological aspect of this automobile is one of its strengths.
It is the first model in which Volvo is involved that has this, and in its case, includes Android Automotive as standard equipment.
A touch screen leads the set in the center, 11 inches in size. The screen works with an Android operating system.
Another innovative idea is to leave behind the conventional methods of opening the car door and replace them with the use of any smartphone as a key.
In addition, it comes equipped with a pair of USB Type-C sockets for the front seats, another pair of USB Type-C sockets for the rear seats, wireless updates that can be downloaded over the air (OTA), and an e-SIM card that provides unlimited Internet connectivity.
Another of this product’s many great endorsements and virtues is the quality of the materials it is constructed of, which accurately replicates the atmosphere that can be enjoyed inside a Volvo.
To accomplish this, and as explained at the time by the head of the Department of Design at Polestar, Maximilian Missoni, we have provided this vehicle with components that are respectful of the principles of veganism, avoiding the use of other materials originating from animals when making the upholstery and specific details of the cabin.
The driver assistance features are not in any way skimped on, as evidenced by the fact that they consist of adaptive cruise control with a blind spot sensor, emergency braking, cross-traffic alert, rain sensor, adaptive LED lights, and a parking camera, among a great deal of other potential features.
The Polestar 2 can be purchased on the market for a starting price of approximately 46,900 dollars, which considers everything it makes available to the user.
On the other hand, its models with the most bells and whistles cost more than 50,000 dollars, and that’s being generous.
When we have finished introducing Polestar and its reference model, it will be time to broaden our view of the company and compare its performance to its primary competitor in the market, which is the competitor that almost everyone pairs it with.
The Tesla Model 3 is the subject of this conversation.
Since 2018, the Tesla Model 3 has been available to consumers for significantly longer than our protagonist in these lines has been doing so.
There are some differences in aesthetics, such as the absence of the grille in the case of the American vehicle.
Additionally, there are some differences in concept, so it embodies a more dynamic vision.
If we go inside the cabin, there are also discernible differences: the frugality that Tesla employs to make it stand in stark contrast to the excellent care Polestar takes (thanks to Volvo’s influence) in the finishes and technology.
As an illustration, the headlights are Pixel LED matrix headlights. Although it is true that, for instance, the screen of the Model 3 infotainment system is more significant, there are several other notable differences (15 inches).
In terms of performance and driving, the model produced by Elon Musk’s company can brag about a greater homologated autonomy with batteries of the same capacities and standard tires: 560 kilometers, compared to 515 for the most capable version of Volvo’s creation in this regard, the Long Range.
In any case, the range of the Tesla decreases when it is equipped with larger wheels (19 or 20 inches).
In this point in favor that is scored, the presented charger infrastructure can also be considered a possible inclusion. On the other hand, the Polestar 2 comes in one more configuration than its competitors.
Considering the prices at which both products are sold, it is possible to conclude that the Polestar is more approachable to the general public.
This is because its access version of the range and those carrying the less capable batteries are priced at lower figures than the 52,970 dollars from which the Tesla Model 3 is sold.
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