2021 Polestar 2: Review
What's New for 2021?
Polestar is introducing a new front-drive configuration for 2021 and lowering the pricing across the board. According to the EPA, the new single-motor, the front-drive model has a range of 265 miles, while the dual-motor model has a range of 233 to 249 miles. Individual options are also available, the opportunity to select specific packages rather than having them all bundled together. Those who opt for the loaded Plus option will gain access to a slew of luxury features, as well as a newly installed mechanical heat pump, which Polestar claims can increase the hatch's estimated range by up to 10%. Continue reading to line up the amazing functions of the model:
Pricing and Expected Price
Polestar has slashed the price of the Polestar 2 by anywhere from $14,000 to $15,000, depending on the model. The dual-motor version gets the best deal and despite its shorter range. It comes with forged 20-inch wheels and high-performance tires, as well as improved brakes and adjustable dampers. The only catch is that they must be adjusted manually.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The 231-hp single motor has been placed on the front axle, unlike the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive variants of the Polestar 2. The hatchback hit 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and went from 50 to 70 mph in 2.2 ticks. The Performance option has included 20-inch wheels and summer tyres, firmer suspension components with adjustable Ohlins dampers, and enhanced Brembo front brakes. The 2's 0.90 g of cornering grip and 157-foot stopping distance from 70 mph were due to this combination. Polestar also has three levels of regenerative braking, the most powerful of which may bring the car to a complete stop without you having to touch the brakes.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
The Polestar 2 is built on the same Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) as the Volvo XC40 crossover, albeit the electrified version of the platform has a 78.0-kWh lithium-ion battery pack under the floor. Polestar claims that this technology will recharge a dead battery to 80% in 40 minutes using the electrical system, which permits fast-charging up to 150 kilowatts. The single-motor variant has a range of 265 miles, while the dual-motor model has a range of 249 miles on a single charge.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The interior of the 2 is simple yet lovely, with wood, fabric, and plastic as the primary materials. Clean lines, a sparse color palette, and minimum switchgear give it a modern appearance. The 2 has some design aspects with its Volvo brothers, such as the steering-wheel buttons and the knurled start knob, but it has a cleaner overall appearance. Polestar wraps the inside in eco-friendly vegan cloth to match the electrified drivetrain.
Infotainment and Connectivity
A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a centrally situated iPad-like portrait-oriented touchscreen greet the driver on the inside. The latter, which measures 11.2 inches and runs Google's Android Automotive OS infotainment system, is in charge of operations. It's not dissimilar to other modern user interfaces. The best aspect is that it incorporates Google Maps into the navigation system and provides the driver with useful EV-specific information like the location of nearby charging stations and how long you'll have to wait once you arrive.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The Polestar 2 has a slew of driver assistance and safety features that should give you extra peace of mind. Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites for more information on the Polestar 2's crash-test results. The following are important safety features:
- Pedestrian recognition and standard autonomous emergency braking
- Standard adaptive cruise control
- Standard blind-spot monitoring
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Polestar's limited warranty is in line with industry standards and is comparable to Tesla's. In addition, the company offers competitive coverage for the electrical components of the 2. Polestar, unlike its parent company Volvo, does not provide the same three-year complimentary maintenance package.
- A four-year or 50,000-mile limited warranty is including.
- The warranty on electrical components is for eight years or 100,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance
Ratings of the Model
The government has not yet issued ratings for the 2021 Polestar 2, but the Launch Edition's dual motors combined for 92 MPGe and an EPA-rated range of 233 miles last year. Our sample covered 190 miles on a full charge on our 75-mph real-world highway route.
The Polestar 2 is many things in 2021, including a four-door hatchback with sedan proportions and crossover ride height, but above all, it's an electric vehicle. Although the 2's strange form isn't attractive, its hatchback body and reduced price make it more practical and accessible. Naturally, the inside is luxuriously decorated and equipped with a user-friendly infotainment system.
The automobile with the single motor is front-wheel drive and has a 265-mile estimated driving range. The dual-motor 2 has a shorter range, but it compensates with all-wheel drive and significantly greater power for faster acceleration.
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