June 30, 2022

The Polestar 2.Jeremy Sinek/The Globe and Mail

Polestar isn’t sharing what number of of its compact electrical automobiles it has bought since launch a yr in the past, aside from to say the numbers in North America are on observe, and globally they’re within the tens of hundreds.

Studying between the strains, most gross sales have in all probability been in Europe and China, with Polestar a three way partnership between Sweden’s Volvo and its Chinese language mother or father, Geely.

There are three causes to consider we’ll quickly see extra Polestars on Canadian roads. First is that the Polestar 2 launched final yr however solely with a loaded two-motor trim priced at $70,000. Now there’s a single-motor base mannequin beginning at $49,900 and the dual-motor begins at $56,900.

Second, coming subsequent yr is Polestar 3, a crossover that can compete the place a lot of the entry-luxury-market motion is nowadays. Third, the Polestar 3 can be constructed alongside Volvos in Ridgeville, S.C., which ought to mollify consumers preferring to purchase “home.”

As for the Polestar 2, it’s nonetheless popping out of China, and the corporate line is “We’ve not introduced any manufacturing adjustments for Polestar 2 as of this time.”

The Polestar 2 Lengthy Vary is taller and does not seem like the standard hatchback.Jeremy Sinek/The Globe and Mail

Geopolitics apart, let’s recap on the automobile itself. The two competes within the compact luxurious sedan section, although it’s truly a hatchback (nothing fallacious with that, and we will name it a five-door fastback in case you want). It’s about 15 cm shorter and 4 cm taller than the norm in that class. The brand new Lengthy Vary Single Motor (SM) base automobile has a 170-kW (231 hp) motor within the nostril driving the entrance wheels, versus the Twin Motor’s (DM) 150-kW motor at every finish.

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Most torque is halved, from 483 to 243 lb.-ft, however whereas the output variations are substantial, the SM has “faster” gearing, 120 kg much less mass to propel, and extra balanced weight distribution, to mitigate the lack of fun-to-driveness.

The lighter, slower mannequin additionally has a variety benefit, formally 435 km versus 400 km. The DM’s ranking is a rise on final yr’s, because of reprogrammed software program that can be over-the-air (OTA) up to date on 2021 fashions. Extra vary of as much as 10 per cent may be obtainable, Polestar says, in case you go for the $5,500 choice bundle that features a heat-pump HVAC system.

Battery capability stays at 78 kW (of which 75 kW is usable) although the “Lengthy Vary” a part of the automobile’s names implies a extra inexpensive smaller-battery various. A Normal Vary mannequin does exist, however Polestar says it’s not coming to Canada.

Past the $49,900 for the SM, the dual-motor begins at $56,900. By luxury-car requirements the choices menu is kind of easy. A $5,500 Plus Pack on both mannequin consists of the aforementioned warmth pump plus a glass panoramic sunroof, Harmon Kardon audio, wi-fi telephone charger, heated steering wheel and heated rear seats.

A Efficiency Pack ($6,000), obtainable solely on the DM, contains dealing with and braking upgrades, although an upsize to 20-inch wheels is obtainable on both mannequin for $1,200.

Just like the DM we examined final yr, the SM Polestar 2 combines practicality, consolation and security with a driving expertise that, if much less exhilarating, remains to be participating. Its vary is aggressive, and so is the worth.

Tech Specs

Polestar 2 Lengthy Vary Single Motor

Base value/as examined: $49,900/$49,900

Powertrain: 170-kilowatt motor/78 kilowatt-hour battery pack

Transmission/drive: one-speed automated/front-wheel-drive

Gas financial system (Le/100 kilometres): TBD

Alternate options: Audi This fall e-tron, BMW i4, Tesla Mannequin 3, Volkswagen ID.4, Volvo XC40 Recharge

Seems to be

Shorter in size than most rivals but additionally a tad taller, the Polestar 2 has a stubby, chunky look that belies its svelte 0.28 drag coefficient. It doesn’t seem like a “hatchback,” both, however successfully that’s what it’s.

Inside

Polestar 2 Lengthy Vary Single MotorJeremy Sinek/The Globe and Mail

Other than the massive portrait-oriented centre touch-screen, the cockpit appears comparatively standard at first look. Ahead visibility is nice, the “shift lever” is the place you’d count on, and the driving place sportily low-slung. As soon as put in, you’ll discover there’s no cease/begin button – the automobile powers up when it senses a physique within the driver’s seat – and treasured few buttons of every other form.

For higher or worse, secondary controls rely closely on the touch-screen. Nor are there any “digital” dials on the digital gauge cluster. The minimalist show might be configured to indicate the navigation map, however in any other case it options little greater than a digital speedometer, and bar graphs for vary and state of cost. Leather-based is an costly stand-alone choice in a décor that in any other case prioritizes sustainable, eco-friendly supplies. As for passengers, the rear cabin is actually not cramped, however there’s much less room than in most of its friends.

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Efficiency

The SM’s 7.4-second 0-100-km/h time considerably lags the DM’s 4.7 seconds. You are feeling it most at launch, the acceleration regular and linear the place the DM lunges off the road. The SM nonetheless feels fairly punchy when you’re rolling – for instance if you want a fast burst of velocity to move a slower automobile.

Whereas the SM automobile’s cornering limits don’t equal the Efficiency-Pack’d DM we examined final yr, its participating dealing with will nonetheless fulfill “expressive” drivers. The journey remains to be considerably uneven. As for vary, the check pattern (which didn’t have the warmth pump) confirmed 434 km at 100-per-cent state of cost once we picked it up. After 200 km of combined (and typically spirited) driving on a 20-degree day it confirmed 225 km of vary remaining at 54 per cent SoC.

Know-how

The Polestar’s Android infotainment system, co-developed with Google and able to over-the-air updates, is one among its largest highlights.Jeremy Sinek/The Globe and Mail

The expertise pièce de resistance is Polestar’s Android infotainment system, co-developed with Google and able to over-the-air updates. Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play are built-in, without having to plug in your telephone (sure, it additionally works with iPhones).

Most assisted-drive mod cons are normal however you’ll pay $4,500 for the Pilot Bundle that provides adaptive cruise and Degree 2 semi-autonomous drive functionality, plus varied lighting/visibility upgrades.

Cargo

Flat-and-flush folding seats beneath a lifting tailgate optimize versatility for storage.Jeremy Sinek/The Globe and Mail

A tow ranking is uncommon in any passenger automobile nowadays, not to mention an EV, however the Polestar 2 can tow as much as 900 kg of braked trailer. Flat-and-flush folding seats beneath a lifting tailgate optimize versatility, even when cargo quantity is unremarkable: 405 L (together with underfloor quantity), plus one other 35 L within the “frunk.”

The author was a visitor of the auto maker. Content material was not topic to approval.

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