Polestar Polestar 2

Editors' Review

Most new EVs either look too normal to stand out or too strange to entice regular consumers, but the Polestar 2 perfectly lands in that middle ground. To my eyes, this is one of the first truly cool EVs -- at least in terms of more affordable cars. And when it comes to new segments and emerging tech, sometimes being cool is the most important thing.

A real crowd pleaser

I live in Los Angeles, where hybrids and EVs are common -- basically every other car you see is a Tesla.  But the Polestar really grabs peoples' attention. Chalk some of that up to it being new and some of it to its lack of badging -- either way, most people just don't know the hell it is. They just know it's something new and cool, and want to learn more about it.

It's hard to categorize the Polestar 2. At first glance it looks like a traditional sedan, but it's got a fastback rear end with a hatch instead of a trunk. The Polestar has a higher ride height than most sedans (it's an inch taller than a BMW 3 Series but more than 4 inches shorter in length) and SUV-like body cladding, making it a bit of a pseudo-crossover. However you classify it, the Polestar 2 is an extremely handsome car, with minimal body surfacing and great proportions.

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The Good ~ Fantastic stying inside and out ~ Super quick and fun to drive ~ Great Google infotainment system

The Bad ~ Less range than Tesla ~ Only comes in one expensive configuration ~ Limited servicing network

The Bottom Line The Polestar 2 is a great-driving EV that's cooler and easier to live with than a Tesla.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8.5
  • Features 8.5
  • Design 9
  • Media 9

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