James Ward

2022 Polestar 2 review: Long-range twin-engine

Brand new, who dis? Polestar has arrived in Australia with a very strong Swedish disappointment, and it looks like the fans are already here

  • Gorgeously elegant Scandinavian simplicity
  • strength deposits
  • Enter and go!
  • This sunroof will keep things warm in summer
  • Be careful checking all the boxes
  • Reliance on Google’s system is a weak point when the signal is low

The 2022 Polestar 2 The electric car is living proof that nothing surprises me anymore.

I may have been rough for the past couple of years, but it’s as if you could dream up any crazy scenario, and before long you’ll find it popping up on the evening news.

Having said that, I legally lost words one morning, when I gave the dog her morning constitution, I spotted a Volvo XC60 lay haphazardly on the curb, and the driver and passenger jumped excitedly about taking pictures of the car I had parked outside.

It’s not something I expected from 2022 Polestar 2 Long Range Twin Engine I’ve been commuting this week.

Now, I’ve seen people stop and take pictures of the sporty quirk, but to see the level of interest that a smart but general-looking five-door sedan has gained, just minutes from its time in the new car market, perhaps illustrates Australians’ hunger for the next generation of power transportation. .

The fact that Polestar is a new all-electric Volvo brand hints at why XC owners have been so impressed with the fame of the car, especially because there are few indications of what it really is.

Aside from the hidden sticker on the door that says everything, that is.

Main details 2022 Polestar 2 Long Range Twin Engine
Price (MSRP) $69,900 plus costs on the road
Test car color midnight
Options Performance Package – $8000
– 20 inch forged aluminum rims
Four-piston Brembo brakes
375 mm ventilated front brake discs
– Ohlins manually adjustable dampers
– Dynamic chassis tuning
Plus Package – $6000
– Electric front seats with memory, extendable cushions and heating
– Heated rear seats and steering wheel
Heated windshield washer nozzles
– Wave Tech Furniture (Vegetarian)
– panoramic glass roof
Wireless charging for smartphones
– 13 high-quality Harman Kardon speakers
Heat pump – and more
Trial Package – $5000
– Co-pilot (semi-autonomous driving up to 130 km/h)
– Adaptive cruise control
Blind spot monitoring (with steering/braking support)
Rear cross traffic alert (with braking)
– Independent rear emergency braking
360 degree camera
– LED Pixel Headlights with Active Bending
– LED front fog lights with cornering function
Metallic paint – $1400
Price as tested $90,300 plus costs on the road
rivals Tesla Model 3 | Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Kia EV6

To be fair to the Polestar 2, it’s a great car but perhaps not particularly striking. For some context of Hollywood allure, think of it as Paul Rudd. A universally loved car.

Higher than a sedan, but not a boxy SUV. Practical with a hatchback, but with a rotating turret for a sportier silhouette.

There’s a gorgeous full-width LED light bar moving in the rear, and a nearly flawless grille, flanked by LED headlights with a similar ‘Hammer of Thor’ running lamp signature found on its Volvo cousins.

In fact, the only markings the car actually has (the white text on the door is very hard to spot) is the body-colored arctic star shape on the hood and trunk center.

It is hidden. And like my surprise surprise visitors, I’m here for it.

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2022 Polestar 2 Long Range Twin Engine
Seating five
Luggage compartment size 405L seat up/1095L folded
Length 4606 mm
an offer 1891 mm
Height 1477 mm
wheelbase 2735 mm

Starting at $59,900 before options and costs on the road, the Polestar 2 is offered with a choice of single engine and standard range, a single engine long range ($64,900), and our test vehicle, a twin engine with a long range battery pack from $69,900 before on the roads.

Vehicle details are provided as tested, but Polestar with higher prices means a similar 2023 vehicle will start at $73,400 plus costs on the road

Polestar offers bundles rather than individual options, which makes customizing your vehicle easy, but potentially expensive.

Want some extra presence on the street? That would be $8,000 for a performance package that raises the wheels to 20 inches (from 19 inches), upgrades Brembo brakes, and paints the calipers and seat belts yellow.

Do you need some additional techniques? Add another $5,000 to the Pilot package to upgrade the standard driver assistance system to high-speed autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, and adaptive LED headlights. Note that for now, Polestar has scaled back the Pilot package due to a lack of components, removing the LED pixel headlights, reflex front fog lights, and an animation of the welcome-and-goodbye light sequence, bringing the price down to $3,400.

Finally, throw another $6,000 on the Plus package bill to upgrade to a 13-speaker sound system, wireless charging, heated steering wheel and second-row seats, and a giant panoramic glass roof.

All in all, with a $1,400 Midnight Metallic paint (one of six options), the Polestar will run you $90,300 before road driving costs.

You get all of that set, a free service on a case-by-case basis, and 300 kW / 660 Nm All-wheel drive platform with a 78 kWh battery and a range claimed by WLTP of 480 km. That’s right, three hundred kilowatts.

But you can’t pick and choose the individual items you want. It is the modern way.

Simplicity in function is the essence of Polestar 2.

The lineage from Volvo means fit, finish and overall quality are of the highest standard. It looks like a very polished and complete car.

This is without the elegant quilted leather or tactile interactive surfaces as well. The Polestar approach is much cleaner and simpler. This is a place for canvas panels and dark wood inlays. No more, no less.

The panoramic roof the size of a squash court looks stunning in photos, there’s even a clever reflection of the illuminated Polestar logo that you can only see from the back seat (or above the car), but it’s probably an option that’s better suited to the Scandinavian market than ours.

It’s colorful, but there’s no chromatic blind or light electric setting to reduce the amount of light and heat that can be pumped out on a sunny day. Worth looking at before checking this box.

Regardless, the soft-touch fabrics and other materials around the cabin are a well-harmonious blend of high-quality simplicity that we’ve come to enjoy from the Swedes.

2022 Polestar 2 Long Range Twin Engine
ANCAP rating Five stars (Test 2021)
Safety Report Link to the ANCAP report
In a glance 2022 Polestar 2 Long Range Twin Engine
Guarantee Five years / unlimited km
service periods based on condition
Service costs Free (5 years, 100,000 km)
Energy negatives. (claimed) 19.4 kWh / 100 km
Energy negatives. (in the exam) 22.0 kWh / 100 km
battery 78 kWh (480 km WLTP range)

Even a simple driving experience.

Come in, sit down and go. There are no switches, buttons, paddles, or modes. You can choose to drive or reverse, the car is smart enough to deliver power when and where you want it, and respond so that nothing else is needed.

You can adjust the amount of regenerative braking by setting the “single pedal” mode, which slows the car without having to use the brake pedal when the accelerator pedal is raised.

In traffic, this can work well to manage your speed and conserve energy use, but at very low speeds like parking, it can be a bit awkward. If the vehicle is on an incline and you naturally expect it to roll either backwards or forwards when parking, a single pedal position will entail you “accelerating” toward a wall, vehicle or pillar, with the traditional forward crawling unavailable with a one-pedal drive.

Personally, I find it’s better to turn off the idle function and use it instead of a forced power recovery, but the settings can be changed quickly from the touch screen on the go, so you can decide what works best for your driving style.

Performance is impressive, but generally unnecessary. It’s fun to ride out of the spotlight or on highway merging lanes, but over time with the car, I found that I was generally driving around in a much quieter setting, making the 170 kW single-engine car look like a much more reasonable and convenient model to look at. mechanism.

The power usage of our predominantly urban driving was about 22 kW per 100 kilometres, which puts a range of close to 350 kilometres. That’s without using a lot of power regeneration as well, so if you use it a little more efficiently you’ll find usage dropping to 19.4 kW per 100 km mark, expanding your range towards the 480 km mark.

Ride quality is good, even on the larger 20-inch wheels.

The car looks solid (it should weigh 2.1 tons) and is well groomed on city streets, still very comfortable on a stretch of highway

While it shares many elements with the Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric, the Polestar 2 has its own wheelbase, ride height (151mm clearance on the Polestar versus 176mm on the Volvo) and other aerodynamic geometry so it can ride and handle like a sporty hatch-sedan. Coupe instead of SUV.

Main details 2022 Polestar 2 Long Range Twin Engine
engine Dual permanent magnet synchronous motors
Energy 300 kW
torque 660 N
Driving type All Wheel Drive
Transmission Single speed automatic
Strength-to-weight ratio 142 kW/ton
tare 2117 kg
Cloud rating 1500 kg braked, 750 kg without brakes
circular wrap 11.5 m

Polestar uses the same Android Auto infotainment software from Google that was acquired from the newer Volvos, and it works well around town.

You can use the “Hey Google” voice assistant more effectively than most domestic car systems, and control some of the car’s functions as well as the infotainment and navigation features.

If you sign in with your Google account, you can search for things on your phone and have them available in the car as a seamless transfer. It is, in general, a very smooth system.

It’s not completely foolproof, and if you lose mobile reception, you’re somewhat stuck. Maps don’t load, questions aren’t answered, and helpers aren’t helping. There is no inbuilt reserve either.

It’s worth noting that we haven’t been out of range for a long time, so these weren’t persistent issues.

The comprehensive package offered by the Polestar 2 is one of a kind and massively “ready” for our burgeoning electric car scene.

I find it very interesting that Polestar is causing current Volvo drivers to take a double look at traffic. They know what it is, and they know they love it.

As for the rest of the driving audience, Polestar’s layer of anonymity is part of its appeal. People look and ask and wonder what it is. He is handsome and not polarizing. Modern, not futuristic. Simple and not cute.

If there is a modern equivalent of the Saab 900, this is it.

As a first step to owning an EV, the Polestar 2 represents a very compelling choice. You just have to deal with celebrity status.

Rating Ratings

2022 Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Engine Fastback

8.2/ 10

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James Ward

James has been part of Australia’s digital publishing scene since 2002 and has worked in the automotive industry since 2007. He joined CarAdvice in 2013, left in 2017 to work with BMW and then returned at the end of 2019 to lead a cut content direction.

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