Polestar Polestar 2

The Polestar 2 is available as a rear wheel drive with a single motor or as an all-wheel drive model with dual motors. The Polestar 2 powertrain produces 408 horsepower in the dual-motor model or 231 horsepower with a single motor with a range of up to 270 miles. Polestar claims the 2 model can accelerate from 0-60 mph in under 4.5 seconds.

Notable features on the Polestar 2 include LED front fog lights with a cornering function that improves visibility in murky weather. At speeds below 19 miles per hour, the left or right light illuminates the area close to the car when cornering or using the indicators. This provides a better view of the road when it's dark, making it easier to judge curves and intersections. A panoramic roof, 20-inch alloy wheels, and a towing capacity of up to 2000 lbs. are all part of what makes the Polestar 2 unique.

Standard features include heated mirrors, seating for 5, heated front seats, driver seat memory settings, automatic dual-zone climate control, an HD Satellite radio, an 8-speaker sound system, an 11.15-inch touchscreen, voice activated navigation system, 4 USB ports, Bluetooth, and a 12.3-inch instrument gauge cluster.

Safety features are plentiful with Blind Spot Information System with steer assist, Cross Traffic Alert with brake support, Rear Collision Warning and Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, Pilot Assist, and 360 degree Cameras.

Editors' First Take

Batteries are a lot like us: They don't work as well when they're cold. Years ago, early EVs would lose upward of half their range on frigid days, dialing up the already chronic range anxiety. Today, battery chemistry and active thermal management have made huge strides, but there's still a preconception out there that EVs are a chore to own in the winter. This is why my favorite test for an EV is to go on a winter road trip, and that's exactly what I was just lucky enough to do in the white Polestar 2 Dual Motor pictured here. 

What does Polestar call this beautiful, pearlescent color? Snow. Perfect.

I've been lucky to drive the Polestar 2 on a number of occasions, getting my first taste during a very different sort of weather situation: a hurricane. But the wind and rain of 2020's Isaias couldn't dampen my enthusiasm for Polestar's first all-electric sedan, a car that's become a real favorite among the Roadshow crew. Nor could plunging temperatures. 

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