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2022 Polestar 2
Select a Different Model (2 Available): Long Range Dual Motor Hatchback
Driving Range $ 249 miles
Fuel Economy 94 / 84 mpg
Horsepower 402
Torque 487
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2022 Polestar 2 MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Unique style
  • Intuitive Android-based infotainment
  • Eco-friendly interior

Cons

  • Stiff, crashy ride
  • Recognizably Volvo
  • Terminal understeer

This is the Polestar 2, a battery-powered four-door fastback built by Volvo's performance electric sibling brand. As you may have gathered, the name indicates this is Polestar's second product, following the now-discontinued Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid. Unlike that six-figure stunner, the Polestar 2 competes with more affordable luxury electrics including the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y, Volvo C40 Recharge, and Audi Q4 E-Tron.

What's New

  • Three new option packages: Plus, Pilot, and Performance
  • New, more affordable single-motor variant
  • Available heat pump for superior range in colder climates
  • Slightly increased range (+16 miles) for dual-motor variants
  • Nappa leather upholstery now available as a standalone option
  • Larger 20-inch wheels now available as a standalone option

What We Think

Creating a new electric automaker is no small feat, but Polestar delivers an impressive early effort with the Polestar 2. While the styling is visibly Volvo-adjacent for now, we've praised the striking, ultra-modern design of the 2, especially compared to the relatively understated sheetmetal of the Tesla Model 3.

The interior design is noteworthy, too. Polestar provides a minimalist cabin not unlike its Tesla competitors, but there are intriguing design cues including the Polestar logo in the glass roof and the available Polestar gold seatbelts. Environmentalists will also appreciate the available fully vegan interior. We're impressed by the intuitive Android infotainment software, even if we could use more energy-monitoring metrics.

The 2 is a quick little thing, but not all of our driving impressions have been positive. Driving an example on the optional Öhlins dampers, the car seems to have trouble managing its weight over rough roads and the ride feels crashy and uncomfortable as a result. The 2 drives more like a stiff SUV than a compact sport sedan. Perhaps the new single-motor model on standard suspension will better suit our needs. 

Performance and Range

Every example of the Polestar 2 is fed by a 78-kWh battery, but there's a new powertrain option for this year. While last year's car was only available with a dual-motor AWD setup, Polestar is offering a more accessible long range, single motor variant with FWD for 2022. The new offering delivers a stout 231 hp—27 more than each powerplant in the dual-motor cars—and should deliver an estimated 260 miles of range.

Those after AWD and more power can opt for the long range, dual-motor Polestar 2. With each motor cranking out 204 hp, total system output sums to 408 hp and 487 lb-ft of torque. In our First Test, it scooted to 60 mph in a spritely 4.1 seconds. Polestar has improved the range for this year's model; the dual-motor variant achieves a claimed 259 miles of range, up 13 miles over the 2021 car.

Safety Ratings and Features

Automatic emergency braking is standard on every Polestar 2, but those hoping for more driver assist features should tick the proverbial box for the Pilot package. The optional package adds adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist with lane centering, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert with automatic rear braking, plus upgraded LED headlights, a 360-degree camera system, and parking sensors front and rear.

Although the Polestar 2 hasn't been evaluated by the IIHS or the NHTSA, it earns a five-star overall safety rating in Euro NCAP safety testing. 

Cargo Space and Interior Room

Polestar provides a fair amount of room inside its electric fastback. Combined cargo space between the front and rear trunks edges out that of the popular Tesla Model 3, but the Tesla offers an advantage in rear legroom.

Cargo space (front and rear trunk combined):

  • 2022 Polestar 2: 15.5 cubic feet
  • 2022 Tesla Model 3: 15.0 cubic feet

Legroom (first/second rows):

  • 2022 Polestar 2: 42.2/33.9 inches
  • 2022 Tesla Model 3: 42.7/35.2 inches

Technology

Regardless of how many motors you choose or what packages you opt for, every Polestar 2 features a portrait-oriented 11.2-inch touchscreen infotainment display. Polestar utilizes an Android operating system for its infotainment setup, and Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and GPS navigation are all standard. Drivers benefit from a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster display. Oh, and device charging won't be a problem with two USB-C ports in each row of seating. 

Is There a Fast Version?

Polestar offers a Performance package on the Polestar 2 with upgraded wheels, tires, and suspension, but we know the automaker can do more. At the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Polestar showed off an experimental Polestar 2 dubbed "the Beast. " With 476 hp (68 more than the standard car) plus brakes, wheels, and tires borrowed from the now-defunct Polestar 1, this prototype goes beyond what you can currently order from the factory. Polestar's Beast was also lowered by 1.2 inches, featured widened front and rear tracks, and its suspension was stiffened by 40-80 percent.

Recommended Trim

We would opt for a long range, dual-motor Polestar 2 with the Plus pack and Pilot pack, but skip the extra performance goodies. Enthusiasts turning down a performance package? Crazy, we know, but the $5,000 package only adds a manually adjustable suspension no one will use and larger wheels that hurt ride quality. Meanwhile, a modern electric without a proper semi-autonomous driving system (included in the Pilot pack) doesn't seem complete, and the heat pump included in the Plus pack will be crucial for those living in colder climates.

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2022 POLESTAR 2 SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Motors, Dual Electric
Transmission Name
Transmission, 1 Speed Automatic
Trim
Long Range Dual Motor Hatchback
Class
Luxury Passenger Car
Horsepower
402
Standard MPG
94/84
Body Style
Hatchback
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Electricity
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
Show Full Specs
Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
144
Powertrain Warranty Miles
50,000
Full Warranty Miles
50,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
48
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
N/R
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
24
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated