Polestar 2 – Models & Options Explained
In this post we explore the differences between the different models and options available with the Polestar 2. If you’re looking for a comprehensive review then check out our blog article here.
Polestar 2: What’s it like?
The Polestar 2 is an all-electric seriously sleek 5-door family fastback. It is widely considered the first genuine competitor to Tesla’s Model 3 and has premium written all over it (not literally!).
Developed by Polestar, a Swedish, luxury electric car maker, jointly owned by Volvo and its Chinese parent, Geely.
This year the Polestar 2 won ‘Best all-rounder’ in the Top Gear Magazine Electric Awards, ‘Best of the best’ in the Red Dot Product Design Awards and ‘Product innovation of the year’ in the edie Sustainability Leaders Awards. It has also achieved a 5-star rating by the Euro NCAP safety assessment programme, making it one of the safest vehicles on the road.
How many models does the Polestar 2 come in?
The Polestar 2 is available in three model variants. Here are the key differences in terms of price, battery and range:
- The entry-level Standard Range Single Motor (SM) priced at £39.9k. This has a 64kWh battery capable of up to 273 miles of WLTP range.
- The Long Range Single Motor at £42.9k. For the extra £3k, you’ll see the battery upgraded to a 78kWh unit giving a whopping 335 miles when fully charged.
- Topping the spec is the £45.9k Long Range Dual Motor (DM). This also has a 78kWh battery and can do 298 miles of WLTP range.
If you’re wondering why the Long Range Dual Motor costs £6k more when it has less range than the Long Range Single, it’s because the Long Range (DM) has two electric motors (one on each axle). This results in a lightning quick acceleration of 0-60mph in just 4.5 seconds. So quick in fact that it will give recent Porsche 911s a good run for their money. But you lose some range as a result.
The Long Range and Standard Range SM versions don’t have quite the same level of oomph but still hit 0-60 in 7 seconds.
Equipment Features: what comes as standard?
On the outside you get 19-inch alloy wheels, signature LED headlights and frameless mirrors. Once inside you’ll see the front and rear seats upholstered in charcoal embossed textile with 3D etched deco, heated front seats, semi-electric driver and passenger seats, and some neat interior illumination.
All you need to start the engine is your body weight. Just sit down in the driver’s seat, press the brake pedal, select ‘D’ on the transmission and you’re off!
Other cool tech includes a high-performance audio system with 8 speakers, keyless entry, a separate digital dashboard, a rear-view camera, front and rear parking sensors and plenty of safety kit.
Everything else is adjusted via an 11.2 inch central touchscreen running Android Automotive software. This has a Google infotainment system built-in (the first ever car to have it) and means drivers have access to Google Maps, Google Play Store and Google Assistant.
In terms of space, there are 5 seats with plenty of legroom, but the car’s sporty roofline does limit headroom a touch. The boot holds 405 litres extending to 1,095 litres when the rear seats are down. Plus, there are 35 litres in the nose boot (Tesla call it a ‘frunk’) for your charging cables. To open the boot, you simply kick your foot out beside the left-hand rear tyre where a sensor lies (assuming you have a key in your pocket), which is handy if your hands are full of shopping.
The basic colour of the Polestar 2 is ‘Void’ (black) (but there are 5 other optional paint jobs costing £900 extra).
What are the optional Polestar 2 Packs?
Polestar gives drivers the opportunity to personalise their EV with 3 optional packages –Pilot, Plus and Performance (or a combination).
This bundle is designed to expand on the Polestar 2’s safety features and costs £3k extra.
Features include a 360° camera with bird’s eye view, automatically dimmed exterior mirrors, Driver Assistance with Adaptive Cruise Control, Pilot Assist and Emergency Stop Assist, Driver Awareness with Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with steering assist, Cross Traffic Alert, intelligent intensity Pixel LED headlights and side parking sensors.
The Plus pack focuses on elevating the Polestar 2’s comfort levels and costs £4k more.
For this you get a full-length panoramic glass roof including a projected Polestar symbol, tinted rear windows, 13 premium Harman Kardon audio speakers, interior high level illumination, heated rear seat/steering wheel/wiper blades, WeaveTech upholstery with black ash deco panels, wireless phone charging and a new energy-saving heat pump.
The pricey £5k Performance pack is only available with the Long Range Dual Motor and includes: specialised handling upgrades, Brembo front brakes, 20 inch alloy wheels, Öhlins Dual Flow shock absorbers, and some flashy cosmetics – gold coloured brakes, gold tyre valves and gold seat belts.
Polestar offers plenty of customisation options then, but to keep things simple, at elmo we offer the Single Motor Standard or Long Range models with either the standard option, Pilot or Plus.
So, which pack is best for you?
The Polestar 2 is a special, special car. Robert Llewellyn from Fullycharged called it ‘exquisite’ about 30 times in his video review. And it comes with all sorts of market-leading features as standard.
If you’re looking to maximise driving safety, then you might consider the Pilot option addition.
If you’re craving comfort and luxury, then check out at the Plus option.
What’s good about Pilot?
- Adaptive Pixel headlights automatically adjust to your surroundings ensuring maximum visibility
- Driver awareness feature warns you about cars lurking in blind spots
- Adaptive Cruise Control is great for long drives as it adjusts your speed to the pace of traffic
- Back window is restricted so the 360° camera is useful for parking in tight spaces
What’s good about Plus?
- Panoramic glass roof lets in loads of light, creates a feeling of airy spaciousness, and reduces noise levels
- Mood lights add to the atmosphere (like dimming the lights at home)
- WeaveTech upholstery is 100% vegan material
- Heated pump improves the car’s range by up to 10% in cold climates