Lots of light and little shade

Lots of light and little shade

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Of: Simon Mones

Polestar 2 has been on the market since 2020. The electric car impresses above all with its excellent equipment. But there are some points of criticism.

For a long time Polestar was to Volvo, what AMG is to Mercedes: the house planner and court. In 2017, the Polestar 1 was followed by the Swedes’ first car (which today belongs to China’s Geely Group), followed in 2020 by the Polestar 2, their first electric car. At the market launch, only the “Launch Edition” with a peak output of 300 kW (408 hp) and all-wheel drive was available. The mid-size sedan is now also available with front-wheel drive, either as a standard or long-range version, each with an output of 170 kW (231 hp). But how does the Swede do in the daily test?

In a comprehensive test, we tested the long-range version with one car (from 48,625 euros) and drove almost 1,000 km. And not only in city traffic, but also for long-distance trips. In both cases, the Polestar 2 – which can also be found as a convertible – knows how to please. Only the hard braking when you take your foot off the accelerator pedal was a bit annoying. With the return of this energy (recovery), however, the rate can be changed. Despite its weight of almost two tons, the Stromer is also impressive and increases its speed. It manages to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds.

Polestar 2 has been on the market since 2020. © Polestar

Polestar 2 in daily test: lots of light and little shade

Polestar 2 is officially limited to 160 km / h, but in the test it was possible to drive up to 165 km / h on the highway. Top speed is also reached quickly. However, this then has implications for use. At a speed of 120, however, the electric car from Sweden is expensive with consumption between 18 and 19.5 kWh. In the city, consumption was only slightly higher. However, the Polestar 2 does not reach the specified range of 540 km (according to the WLTP standard). However, 350 to 395 kilometers are quite realistic.

At the payment center, however, you need a little more patience. The Polestar 2 charges continuously at fast charging stations with a technically targeted maximum. From 35 percent, however, the loading speed continues to decrease, as is the case with the competition. From a charge rate of 80 percent, only 35 kW flows through the batteries placed on the floor. The Polestar 2 needed about 50 minutes to charge from 30 to 83 percent at a 50 kW charging station.

Polestar 2 charging at a charging station.
Polestar 2 can be charged up to 150 kW. © Polestar

Polestar 2 in daily test: Comprehensive support package in action

However, the Polestar 2 can still be driven comfortably at high speeds, also thanks to the Lane Keeping Assist installed as standard. Traffic sign recognition, sleep assist, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera and cruise control are also in the works.

However, if you want the Polestar 2 to keep the range of the car ahead, you have to invest 2,800 euros for the Pilot Lite package. Then the Stromer comes with a 360° all-round view, Pilot Assist and other useful driver assistance systems.

Polestar 2 in a daily test: traffic signs can be displayed larger

In this price range, adaptive cruise control would still be a required old job. Also not quite right is the size of the displayed traffic signs, which are very small. In addition, it often takes a long time for the exhibition to adapt to the current situation. The speed limit warning tone may also be louder. At the same time, the sound of the indicators sounds cheap and does not match the Polestar 2’s high-quality appearance.

However, Polestar 2 offers a wide range of support systems for its price, which can be used without any problems despite minor criticisms. Cruise control can be set at the push of a button and easily adjusted in 5 km/h increments. If you want something more accurate, you can hold the button for a long time and adjust it to the actual km / h.

Polestar 2 in daily test: Android on board

Driving the 11.2-inch center display is just as easy. Basically this is a tablet, because the operating system comes from Android Automotive. Therefore, voice control is available through Google Assistant and Google Maps are also pre-installed. The app also takes into account the state of the battery during navigation and recommends stopping charging. If you want, you can also display the map on the digital display (12.3 inches) behind the steering wheel, which makes it easier to focus on the road. In addition, Google Maps also shows the battery status at the destination, but this is more of a guide for average driving.

Most of the settings are also done through the center display. Among other things, the climate can be controlled here, the driving assistants can be turned on or off and the integrated Range Assist can be opened. So there are no real buttons in the cockpit of the Polestar 2. Anyone using an iPhone can also switch to Apple Car Play via “tablet” – but only if the smartphone is connected via a USB-C cable.

Polestar 2 interior.
The center display is easy to use, but somewhat reminiscent of a Tesla. © Polestar

Additional apps such as Spotify can also be installed through the Google Play Store. So if you prefer to listen to a good playlist instead of your favorite radio station – in excellent DAB+ quality – you can do that. Polestar also offers internet access via a built-in eSIM. However, this is free for 3 years only.

Polestar 2 in the daily test: the trunk offers plenty of storage space

In addition to the equipment, Polestar 2 also impresses with its space. With 405 to 1095 litres, the trunk offers enough space for the weekly shop including drinks boxes. Luggage also fits easily. The only thing annoying is the upper loading sill.

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In the back, even tall passengers have more than enough space, but it can be tight at the top in an electric vehicle, which is only 1.48 meters high. People up to 1.90 meters can sit comfortably in the front, but after that it becomes a problem because the seats can be lowered a little.

The bottom line is that the Polestar 2 is convincing in the test and is certainly an alternative to electric cars from the most expensive German manufacturer and the similarly priced Tesla Model 3. equipment, which is very good for its purchase price. One can also ignore one or the other point of criticism.