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The all-new Polestar 2 is the aboriginal austere blackmail to the Tesla Model 3 and it will acreage in Canada after this fall. This car has appealing abundant all the capacity to win over barter who are cerebration about authoritative the jump to an electric vehicle.

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What is Polestar, anyway? The aloft Volvo accessory is now a standalone car company—owned by China’s Geely—that focuses on electrified achievement cars. Soon abundant a crossover alleged Polestar 3 and a ample auto based on the Precept abstraction will accompany the lineup, the closing demography on the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan.

The Polestar 2 is a five-door bunched affluence car that’s absolutely beneath than the Model 3 (not to acknowledgment the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, VW Jetta, etc.). It boasts added ride height, SUV-like anatomy cladding about the caster arches (think Subaru Crosstrek), and a rear three-quarter contour that reminds us of the backward Scion tC coupe.

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Styling is absolutely characteristic and finer hides the liftgate in the back. Barter can accept amid 19- and 20-inch wheels, additional one of six anatomy colours. There’s additionally a Achievement amalgamation that includes yellow-painted Brembo anchor callipers.

The autogenous of the Polestar 2 is rather apparent yet acutely refined, clashing the Model 3 which suffers from ambiguous fit and finish. The abstracts are adorable to attending at and touch—some are a vegan’s dream including the attic mats fabricated of recycled artificial bottles—and aggregate is anxiously put together.

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Volvo’s ability after-effects in awfully adequate seats. However, the Polestar 2 has some issues aback it comes to ergonomics. For instance, the super-wide centre animate banned front-seat legroom, the cup holders are abnormally placed and the (sliding) centre armrest is a bit too far back.

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The Polestar 2 is the aboriginal assembly car in the apple to appear accepted with an Android-based infotainment system. The portrait-style affectation in the boilerplate of the dashboard combines a cardinal of accustomed functions that can be commutual with your Google accounts—including emails, agenda and more. Google Maps is acutely allotment of the mix, too, finer recording your active habits and assuming the area of charging stations nearby.

By the way, Apple CarPlay is not accessible yet, but that will be anchored anon through an over-the-air update.

Interestingly, the agenda apparatus console can additionally appearance you Google Maps, acceptation you can accept your aeronautics appropriate in advanced of you—and still accept admission to archetypal agent information—while befitting the centre awning for music or added functions.

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Now, let’s dive into the abstruse aspects of the Polestar 2. This car is based on a Bunched Modular Architecture (CMA) which Geely additionally uses for added Volvo and Lynk & Co products. There’s a 204-horsepower motor active the advanced arbor and an appropriately almighty motor active the rear axle, both of which draw activity from a 78-kWh battery. With 408 absolute horsepower, 0-100 km/h dispatch is accomplished in a bald 4.4 seconds, agnate to a Tesla Model 3 Long Range.

Speaking of range, Elon Musk’s bunched auto has the bend actuality with up to 518 kilometres, admitting the Polestar 2 is bound to an EPA-estimated 375 kilometres. If we do the algebraic application an activity burning amount of 22.8 kWh as appear by Polestar, the absolute ambit amount for that 78-kWh array would be aloof 342 kilometres. Even worse, our tester bare an boilerplate of 24.1 kWh, so a abounding allegation netted about 310 kilometres of range. FYI, the Model 3 has a smaller, 75-kWh battery.

Does it absolutely matter, though? Some will say yes, but the actuality is that best drivers biking beneath than 100 kilometres day in, day out. They apparently won’t complain.

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On the road, the Polestar 2 bound backs up the antecedent consequence of a solid, cautiously accumulated car. Even on rougher stretches of pavement that would aftermath lots of arise noises central a Tesla, the admirable Swede offers a smooth, quiet ride.

It’s a amusement for the senses, too, with assorted textures, a different layout, a alluringly counterbalanced anatomy and accomplished babble insulation. Of course, the Polestar 2 doesn’t accept the acid administration and assorted drive modes of a Porsche 911, but it still feels active and active abundant while carrying a comfortable, stress-free experience. And as mentioned above, there’s affluence of ability on tap to do some crazy things!

If you appetite a sportier drive, the Achievement amalgamation not alone adds Brembo brakes and 20-inch wheels, but additionally a set of manually adjustable Öhlins shocks (you will acceptable charge advice from a Polestar artisan to acclimatize the suspension). Aback we didn’t get to drive a car that wasn’t able with the Achievement package, we can’t acquaint you how big of a aberration it makes. One thing’s for sure, though: the accepted 19-inch alloys are a bigger fit for Canadian anchorage aback the 20-inch units are captivated in lower-profile tires

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As is the case with abounding electric vehicles, one-pedal active is possible. Simply actuate the action aback ambidextrous with cartage about boondocks and backslide to accustomed active aback you’re aback on the highway. Aloof like the 20-inch tires and their added rolling resistance, the slight burden you feel in the burke ability contrarily affect the car’s range.

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How will barter acknowledge to the 2021 Polestar 2, which by the way costs $5,000 added than a Model 3 Long Range? That charcoal to be seen. It’s an amazing car with above body affection and refinement, but it still has aggregate to prove.

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