2022 Polestar 2 Single Motor review: A great value - Roadshow

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The electrical Polestar 2 gets a caller single-motor variant for 2022. Just similar the dual-motor 2, this 1 looks large and is packed with tech. While it mightiness not person the aforesaid show punch, the ace up the Polestar 2's sleeve is fantabulous value.

The single-motor Polestar 2 has the aforesaid 78-kilowatt-hour artillery battalion arsenic its dual-motor counterpart, sending 231 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque to the four-door's beforehand wheels. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates a 270-mile scope for the single-motor 2, which astir matches the 272-mile scope of the rear-wheel-drive Tesla Model 3. When it comes clip to charge, the Polestar 2 tin judge DC accelerated charging astatine speeds up to 150 kilowatts, meaning an 80% complaint is imaginable successful astir 40 minutes. On my Level 2 location charger, I went from 38% to 90% successful astir 4 hours.

There's nary commencement fastener wrong the Polestar 2: You enactment your ft connected the brake, prime Reverse oregon Drive and go. When you're done, get retired and locomotion away. This mightiness beryllium a small unnerving, but it's a communal acquisition with caller EVs. It besides means you can't permission the car moving if you measurement retired to drawback something, which saves electricity.

The Polestar 2 doesn't person immoderate driving modes, but you tin dial successful definite aspects of the acquisition successful a paper connected the 11-inch halfway screen. Steering weight, brake regeneration unit and level of idle creep tin each beryllium adjusted. For me, I privation the heaviest steering, maximum regen and creep off. This means I tin efficaciously thrust with 1 pedal, letting the brake regeneration bring maine to a implicit stop. It's a amusive mode to thrust and I emotion seeing miles being added backmost to my estimated scope portion driving downhill.

Even with the basal single-motor setup, the Polestar 2 is enjoyable to drive. Polestar estimates a 0-to-60-mph clip of 7 seconds, though with each that instant electrical torque, it decidedly feels quicker. Still, this is nary country carver, particularly with my basal car's 19-inch wheels and all-season tires. If you privation to person much fun, decidedly outpouring for the $5,000 Performance Pack, which adds Öhlins shocks, Brembo beforehand brakes, 20-inch wheels, summertime tires and -- woohoo -- golden spot belts.

Other options see the Pilot and Plus packages priced astatine $3,200 and $4,000, respectively. Pilot gets you driver-assistance technologies similar adaptive cruise power with lane-keeping and blind-spot monitoring. The Plus battalion adds a solid roof, wireless charging pad and Harman Kardon stereo system.

It seems weird that Polestar -- a spinoff of Volvo -- doesn't see these driver-assistance features arsenic modular equipment. Even a lowly Toyota Corolla has modular adaptive cruise control. My Polestar 2 tester doesn't person blind-spot monitoring oregon rear cross-traffic alert, either. Considering Volvo's stellar estimation for its modular information kit, you'd deliberation Polestar would transportation the aforesaid values.

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2022 Polestar 2

Some radical emotion the vegan interior. This writer does not.

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Speaking of Volvo, you tin decidedly spot a batch of Polestar's genitor institution successful the 2's design. The car's level is shared with the Volvo XC40 crossover, and the "Thor's Hammer" LED moving lights transportation implicit to this EV. The plan is comparatively plain, but during a week of testing, a batch of radical asked maine astir the Polestar. It rides precocious but it's not a crossover, and it's somewhat chunky, but the extortion is sleek. It's cool.

Inside, the Polestar 2 has the WeaveTech vegan interior, which automatically comes with the Plus pack. A batch of Roadshow editors emotion this get-up and excavation the minimalist aesthetic, but to maine it looks and feels similar I'm sitting wrong a neoprene scuba suit. Or possibly I'm wearing a double-knit polyester location dress. To each their own, but I'd alternatively person regular cloth, thanks.

The 2's compartment has its stock of foibles careless of upholstery. There's 1 cupful holder retired successful the unfastened but the different is hidden successful the tiny halfway console. There isn't a batch of abstraction to store smaller items, either. Thankfully, the spot heaters spell similar gangbusters and the Plus battalion brings heated rear seats, too. There's adjacent a bully pass-through from the backmost seat to the trunk, and hey, the liftback plan makes the Polestar functional and versatile.

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2022 Polestar 2

The plan is elemental and handsome.

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Cabin tech is handled by Polestar's Android Automotive operating system, which fundamentally brings the Googleverse into the car. It can't enactment Apple CarPlay conscionable yet -- that's coming soon -- but this strategy comes with each the Google apps I love. Google Assistant is here, arsenic is Google Maps, and you tin drawback caller apps from the Google Play Store. Use your mean "OK, Google" bid and everything works instantly via dependable control.

Having Google Maps moving the in-car navigation is awesome. It tin estimation the scope I'll person astatine the extremity of a travel and suggest charging stations on the way. The 12.3-inch integer gauge clump brings the representation close successful beforehand of me, too, and the show is bully and crisp, making it casual to work connected the go. However, things similar clime controls are each hidden wrong the cardinal touchscreen, truthful those who unrecorded and dice by carnal knobs and buttons, beryllium warned.

The 2022 Polestar 2 Single Motor starts astatine $47,200 including a $1,300 destination charge. Ideally, I'd adhd the Pilot battalion to get each the aforementioned driver-assistance features and telephone it a day, bringing my cleanable as-tested terms to $50,400. That's a precise debased terms for a luxury electrical car. Small gripes aside, it's hard to reason against that benignant of worth successful a car this good.

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Performance 8Features 7.5Design 8.5Media 8.5

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