First drive review: 2022 Polestar 2 single motor beats Tesla on build quality, remixes priorities

First drive evaluate: 2022 Polestar 2 single motor beats Tesla on construct high quality, remixes priorities

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Immediately there’s a lovely, premium, moderately priced, electrical automotive that doesn’t have a Tesla badge. The query is whether or not that issues and what concessions—or benefits—that brings with it.

Polestar flew me to Santa Fe, New Mexico and tossed me the keys to the 2022 Polestar 2 single-motor front-wheel-drive mannequin. I aimed to seek out out if a lower cost level and extra vary for the two fixes a few of our qualms from the launch in 2021.

 

2022 Polestar 2 single-motor

Vary

When it arrives in January the long-range single-motor variant of the Polestar 2 is estimated to have an EPA-rated 265 miles of vary, which is three extra miles than that of the standard-range plus Mannequin 3 (at the moment serving as the bottom mannequin within the lineup).

Polestar makes 75 kwh of the 78-kwh battery pack usable. It weighs 849 lb, or about 1,100 with the aluminum structural casing.

Oh, and it’s front-wheel drive. The only motor delivers 231 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque.

Polestar representatives instructed Inexperienced Automotive Reviews the motor and inverter within the single-motor vehicles are the identical as what’s within the dual-motor vehicles, however the gearbox and its 10.51:1 ratio is new for the front-wheel-only drive system.

My tester indicated it had a 100% state of cost and 260 miles of vary after I slid into the motive force seat with an out of doors ambient temperature of about 70 levels.

Our 83-mile drive route consisted of a mixture of freeway cruising and backroads that had been winding each up and downhill.

After that the vary meter advised there have been 180 miles left. From this very quick pattern, Polestar’s scores don’t appear to be optimistic, however they appear to be spot on to what many drivers may see within the real-world.

2022 Polestar 2 single-motor

2022 Polestar 2 single-motor

Dynamics

As an fanatic, I’m right here to inform you brazenly {that a} front-wheel-drive automotive begins, dynamically, at a drawback when it comes to dealing with and composure. The Polestar 2’s no totally different, and the Mannequin 3 has the higher floor right here.

The only-motor Polestar 2 has a weight distribution of 55:45, which might be way more preferrred if inverted with a rear-wheel-drive setup.

On the freeway and round city it’s exhausting to fault the Polestar 2 single-motor. It has V-6 like grunt with that immediate electrical torque one will solely discover in an electrical automotive. Its 231 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque are what one would file beneath “ample” however hardly neck snapping. Polestar stated the single-motor 2 runs 0-60 mph in 7.0 seconds, and my butt dyno says it will probably do a bit higher.

There’s surprisingly no torque steer when the accelerator is put to the ground no matter velocity. However begin pushing the Polestar 2 single-motor round a switchback and it’s clear the automotive is being pulled round a nook by the steering wheels moderately than pushed whereas the entrance wheels management the course. The Michelin Primacy 4 tires are meant for consolation and management, not velocity and precision, although they did an admirable job of letting me know precisely the place the restrict was.

2022 Polestar 2 single-motor

2022 Polestar 2 single-motor

Design

Take a look at the Polestar 2 from the within or out and it’s not clear if it’s a single-motor or dual-motor automotive. There’s no visible markings, no distinct variations. Even the wheels and tires are the identical.

This isn’t a nasty factor, as a result of the Polestar 2 is engaging wanting. There’s no query that visually this factor is expounded to Volvo, nevertheless it has its personal distinct parts when it comes to lighting, roofline, and particulars such because the Chiclet-like grille.

The fastback design appears to be like good, and one of the best angle is both the rear view or rear three-quarter view. Your complete exterior package deal is engaging, nevertheless it’s a bit chunky and fewer curvaceous than a Mannequin 3.

2022 Polestar 2 single-motor

2022 Polestar 2 single-motor

Inside too, the Polestar 2 is clearly associated to, however not the identical as, its Volvo cousins. The usual 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 11.2-inch touchscreen appear acquainted, however characteristic their very own design structure.

The touchscreen infotainment system runs on Google’s Android Automotive working system, which to be clear, isn’t Android Auto. With just some minutes it’s moderately straightforward to grasp the structure and navigation, however the system feels, at the moment, half baked.

2022 Polestar 2 single-motor

2022 Polestar 2 single-motor

There’s no AM or satellite tv for pc radio, neither is there Apple CarPlay assist. As an iPhone consumer I felt out within the chilly. Sure, utilizing Google’s assistant I used to be capable of ship and obtain textual content messages through voice whereas driving. However even that didn’t work terribly properly in comparison with Siri.

Notably, all three of these items (satellite tv for pc radio, AM radio, and Apple CarPlay) will probably be coming through over-the-air software program updates later this yr, in keeping with Polestar representatives. However for proper now, Polestar 2 homeowners are out within the chilly on these options.

2022 Polestar 2 single-motor

2022 Polestar 2 single-motor

2022 Polestar 2 single-motor

2022 Polestar 2 single-motor

2022 Polestar 2 single-motor

2022 Polestar 2 single-motor

2022 Polestar 2 single-motor

2022 Polestar 2 single-motor

Base isn’t actually base

A base Polestar 2 doesn’t really feel like a stripped-down economic system automotive. The seats and a part of the dashboard are lined in a cloth that appears and feels terrific, with an virtually retro design that whereas not fairly houndstooth, jogged my memory of that fashion. The trim on the dashboard and middle console is a 3D-design that provides depth the place wooden merely appears to be like boring and flat. Surprisingly, the bottom inside appears to be like higher in my eyes than the Plus Bundle and its reconstructed wooden trim or the leather-based inside possibility.

The only-motor Polestar 2 marks the introduction of the bottom mannequin to the vary together with a lower cost level. With out choices the 2022 Polestar 2 single-motor prices $47,200 (together with vacation spot). It’s eligible for the complete $7,500 federal tax rebate, which lands it at lower than $40,000 with the tax credit score. That makes the single-motor Polestar 2 inexpensive than the bottom Mannequin 3 and only a bit costlier than the Bolt EUV; the latter is ostensibly an economic system automotive with a giant battery pack.

However the actual story with the Polestar 2 is the construct high quality. As I walked as much as the Midnight Blue 2022 Polestar 2 it handed a private check in the best way no Tesla I’ve seen up shut ever has: Each physique panel lined up and was painted appropriately, and seals had been seated, and the doorways shut with a stable Volvo-like thunk. The truth is, the complete automotive had Volvo-like construct high quality, one thing that merely can’t be stated of the Mannequin 3, together with the one my sister owns as her each day driver.

2022 Polestar 2 single-motor

2022 Polestar 2 single-motor

Nonetheless compromised

For all that’s good with the Polestar 2 the inexpensive single-motor model doesn’t repair the compromised packaging at some stage. Entrance seat headroom is improved due to the steel roof (as a substitute of glass), however the automotive continues to be primarily based upon an ICE platform. This implies the battery modules are positioned beneath the footwells, within the middle tunnel, and beneath the rear seat. The rear seat is mounted stadium fashion, which has rear-seat occupants sitting up excessive, leering over the motive force’s shoulder, and there’s a scarcity of headroom. At 5’10” I had just a few inches between the highest of my head and the roof. Rear-seat foot room can be at a premium, and up the frunk is a larger-than-it-looks 15.4 cubic toes.

For many who need an electrical automotive as a each day driver, don’t want the Supercharging community to cost or take frequent street journeys, and are keen to dwell with some packaging compromises, the Polestar 2 makes a variety of sense. Immediately there’s a premium electrical automotive with precise construct high quality that may be had for an affordable value ought to somebody be keen to dwell outdoors the Teslaverse.

Polestar flew us to New Mexico and put us in a resort to deliver you this primary drive evaluate.

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