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Polestar 2 in the everyday test: lots of light and little shadow

2022-08-13T05:09:40.029Z

Polestar 2 in the everyday test: lots of light and little shadow Created: 08/13/2022, 07:00 By: Simon Mones The Polestar 2 has been on the market since 2020. The electric car impresses above all with its good equipment. But there are also points of criticism. For a long time Polestar was for Volvo what AMG is for Mercedes: the house and court tuner. In 2017, the Polestar 1 was followed by the



Polestar 2 in the everyday test: lots of light and little shadow

Created: 08/13/2022, 07:00

By: Simon Mones

The Polestar 2 has been on the market since 2020.

The electric car impresses above all with its good equipment.

But there are also points of criticism.

For a long time Polestar was for Volvo what AMG is for Mercedes: the house and court tuner.

In 2017, the Polestar 1 was followed by the Swedes' first own car (which today belongs to the Chinese Geely Group), followed in 2020 by the Polestar 2, their first own electric car.

At the market launch, only the "Launch Edition" with 300 kW (408 hp) peak output and all-wheel drive was available.

The mid-size sedan is now also available with front-wheel drive, either as a standard or long-range version, each with an output of 170 kW (231 hp).

But how does the Swede fare in the everyday test?

In a detailed test, we tried the long-range version with a single motor (from 48,625 euros) and drove almost 1,000 kilometers.

And not just in city traffic, but also on long-distance journeys.

In both cases, the Polestar 2 – which could soon also be available as a convertible – knows how to please.

Only the hard braking when you take your foot off the accelerator pedal was a bit annoying.

With this energy return (recuperation), however, the intensity can be adjusted.

Despite its weight of almost two tons, the Stromer also impresses with its acceleration.

It manages the sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds.

The Polestar 2 has been on the market since 2020.

© Polestar

Polestar 2 in the everyday test: lots of light and little shadow

The Polestar 2 is officially limited to 160 km/h, but in the test it was possible to drive up to 165 km/h on the highway.

The top speed is also reached quickly.

However, this then has an effect on consumption.

At a speed of 120, however, the electric car from Sweden is frugal with a consumption of between 18 and 19.5 kWh.

In the city, consumption was only slightly higher.

However, the Polestar 2 does not achieve the specified range of 540 km (according to the WLTP standard).

However, 350 to 395 kilometers are quite realistic.

At the charging station, however, you need a little more patience.

The Polestar 2 always charges at the fast charging stations with the technically intended maximum.

From 35 percent, however, the loading speed continues to decrease, as with the competition.

From a charge level of 80 percent, only 35 kW flow into the batteries installed in the floor.

The Polestar 2 needed around 50 minutes to charge from 30 to 83 percent at a 50 kW charging station.

The Polestar 2 can be charged with up to 150 kW.

© Polestar

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Polestar 2 in the everyday test: Extensive assistance package ex works

Nevertheless, the Polestar 2 can still be driven comfortably at high speeds, also thanks to the Lane Keeping Assist installed as standard.

Traffic sign recognition, a drowsiness assistant, front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and cruise control are also on board ex works.

However, if you want the Polestar 2 to keep the distance to the vehicle in front, you have to invest 2,800 euros for the Pilot Lite package.

Then the Stromer also comes with a 360° all-round view, Pilot Assist and other useful driver assistance systems.

Polestar 2 in the everyday test: traffic signs could be displayed larger

In this price range, the adaptive cruise control would still have been desirable ex works.

Also not quite optimal is the size of the displayed traffic signs, which are a bit too small.

In addition, it often takes a long time for the display to adapt to the current situation.

The speed limit warning tone could also be a bit louder.

The sound of the indicators sounds a bit cheap and doesn't match the high-quality appearance of the Polestar 2.

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Nevertheless, the Polestar 2 offers a wide range of assistance systems for its price, which can be used without any problems despite slight criticism.

The cruise control can be set at the push of a button and easily adjusted in 5 km/h increments.

If you want something a little more precise, you can hold the button longer and adjust it to the exact km/h.

Polestar 2 in the everyday test: Android on board

Operating the 11.2-inch display in the middle is just as simple.

This is basically a tablet, because the operating system comes from Android Automotive.

As a result, voice control is via the Google Assistant and Google Maps is also pre-installed.

The app also takes the battery status into account when navigating and suggests charging stops.

If you want, you can also display the map on the digital display (12.3 inches) behind the steering wheel, which makes it much easier to concentrate on the road.

In addition, Google Maps also shows the battery status at the destination, but this is more of a guideline for moderate driving.

Most of the settings are also made via the center display.

Among other things, the air conditioning can be regulated here, driving assistants can be switched on or off and the integrated Range Assist can be opened.

There are therefore hardly any real buttons in the cockpit of the Polestar 2.

Anyone using an iPhone can also switch to Apple Car Play via the "tablet" - but only if the smartphone is connected via a USB-C cable.

The display in the middle is easy to use, but is somewhat reminiscent of Tesla.

© Polestar

Additional apps such as Spotify can also be installed via the Google Play Store.

So if you prefer to listen to a good playlist instead of your favorite radio station - in the best DAB+ quality - you can do that.

Polestar also provides internet access via a built-in eSIM.

However, this is only free for 3 years.

Polestar 2 in the everyday test: trunk offers plenty of storage space

In addition to the equipment, the Polestar 2 also impresses with its space.

With 405 to 1095 liters, the trunk offers enough space for the weekly shop including crates of drinks.

The luggage also fits in easily.

The only annoying thing is the relatively high loading sill.

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In the rear, even tall passengers have more than enough space, but it can be tight at the top in the electric car, which is only 1.48 meters high.

People up to 1.90 meters can be comfortably seated in the front, but after that it becomes problematic because the seats can only be retracted to a limited extent.

The bottom line is that the Polestar 2 is convincing in the test and is definitely an alternative to the electric cars from the significantly more expensive German premium manufacturers and the similarly expensive Tesla Model 3. The Swede scores particularly well with its unique design and the factory equipment, which is very good for its purchase price.

One can also overlook one or the other point of criticism.

Source: merkur

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