Polestar 2
Polestar 2
Polestar 2

2021 Polestar 2

Pros: Quick acceleration; crisp, sporty handling; cargo versatility of hatchback-sedan body style

Cons: Only pricey top-line models available at launch; stiff ride with Performance Package; Polestar brand isn’t fully established yet

CG Says: The Polestar 2 is the second vehicle to be introduced from Polestar, the luxury electrified-vehicle division of Volvo Cars. The Polestar name originated as Volvo’s in-house tuning division (similar to Mercedes-Benz’s AMG or BMW’s M), and has now become a stand-alone brand as well. The first Polestar product was the limited-production Polestar 1, a plug-in-hybrid premium sports coupe that debuted for the 2020 model year. The “2” is a premium compact pure-electric 4-door hatchback sedan that is powered by dual electric motors paired with a 78-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and standard all-wheel drive. Total system output is 408 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, and the EPA-estimated driving range on a full charge is 233 miles. The touchscreen interface uses Google-developed Android Automotive software to control infotainment features as well as climate control and other vehicle functions. For now, only fully-equipped Launch Edition models are offered, which come standard with the Plus Package (which adds features such as a panoramic sunroof, adaptive headlights, and heated front and rear seats) and the Pilot Package (which adds a full complement of active safety features). The optional Performance Package adds sport suspension, Brembo brakes, and 20-inch forged alloy wheels. It’s a bit too soon to predict how the Polestar brand will play out in the new-car marketplace, but the Polestar 2 is a distinctive alternative to EV rivals such as the Audi E-Tron, Jaguar I-Pace, and Tesla Model 3.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Polestar
Nation of Manufacture China
Base Prices Base: $61,200

Base Engine
electric motors
Std. Transmission
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (MPGe)
EPA Hwy Range (MPGe)

Polestar 2
2021 Polestar 2
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
Side Crash - NA
Rollover - NA

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