We have had several opportunities to assess Polestar 2 in its single and dual motor configurations. But even with options inflating their results, these cars didn’t really impress us. So when we got the chance to try out the no-frills 2022 Polestar 2 long-range single-engine, we didn’t think it would wow us either, and it largely proved to be the case on the test track. Still, we wanted to see how well this particular 2 compared to a similar model Tesla Model 3and the overall results turned out to be much closer than expected.
Base Price Battle: Polestar 2 vs. Model 3
OK, the Polestar 2 Long Range Single Motor we had for testing isn’t exactly a no-options car. Its pearl magnesium paint costs $1,200, as do all the colors Polestar offers besides black. Otherwise, it represents the bare essence of the Polestar 2 avoiding the $3,200 driver (extended driver aids, surround-view cameras, auto-dimming side mirrors), $4,000 Plus (glass roof, rear seats heated, upgraded speakers) and $5,000 Performance (Öhlins shocks, Brembo brakes, summer tires) option packs. Standard equipment highlights included 19-inch wheels, heated front seats and a digital gauge display on our $48,400 test car, though available tax incentives will reduce that final price. (Tesla’s base model, the Standard Range Plus rear-engined Model 3 priced at $48,190 to start, is not eligible for the federal credit.)
Half the engines, half as good?
The 2 Single Motor sends 231 hp and 243 lb-ft to propel the front wheels. Acceleration to 60 mph takes 6.8 seconds, with the test team reporting noticeable steering torque and otherwise wise off-line response. We also tested the all-wheel-drive Polestar 2 Dual Motor, which brings performance to match its $4,000 premium: 408 hp and 468 lb-ft of torque to be exact, enabling a quick 0-60 launch in 4.0 seconds. Meanwhile, the Model 3 in its single-rear-motor configuration produces 283 hp and 307 lb-ft and hits 60 mph in a solid 5.0 seconds.
In our quarter-mile tests, the single-engine Spec 2 crossed the line in 15.3 seconds at 93.4 mph, far behind the 12.6-second run and 110.0 mph in its at-speed configuration. dual motor. The equivalent single-engine Model 3 also topped it, with a run of 13.4 seconds at 104.9 mph. Our test crew noted how much acceleration dropped off in the 2 Single Motor after around 50 mph. We also detected the same in freeway merging and passing situations, although the accelerator pedal was more responsive once underway.
Despite its steering torque disadvantage, front-wheel drive has a potential advantage in electric vehicles. As deceleration naturally shifts a car’s weight forward, regenerative braking can be enhanced as the front wheels bear the brunt of the retarding power. We don’t know if this had any real effect in our testing, but the 2 single motors went from 60 mph to 0 in a more than reasonable 114 feet. Its regen setting makes one-pedal driving very intuitive and shifts to friction braking are imperceptible. Unsurprisingly, the 2 Dual Motor stopped a bit shorter at 102 feet, thanks to its bigger Brembo brakes and stickier tires that come with the Performance package. Let’s close the march is the result of 128 feet we recorded in 2019 for the rear-engined Model 3.
Absolute grip is good in the 2 Single Motor, averaging 0.88g around the skid, slightly better than the Model 3’s 0.84g result. It’s also close in the figure eight test: 26, 6 seconds at 0.65g average for the Polestar and 26.4 seconds at 0.69g average for the single-motor Tesla. In those metrics, the Performance Pack 2 Dual Motor delivers big numbers: 0.95g on the skid and 24.7 seconds at 0.79g average on the figure eight. Even though the 2’s chassis feels stiff and balanced, the Model 3’s beautifully precise steering adds an enthusiastic verve to an already competent dynamic configuration.
Polestar 2 battery life and charging
Regardless of engine configuration, every Polestar 2 sold in the United States is powered by a 78 kWh battery. Level 2 charging takes around 8 hours at 11kW, while a 150kW fast charger can extract an 80% drained pack in around 40 minutes. Given the long range in its name, as you might expect, the single-motor version goes farther on a charge (270 miles) than its twin-motor sibling (249 miles). The entry-level Model 3’s 272-mile range is a negligible benefit.
Star Style, Eco-Luxury
The Polestar 2 concept car looks like are not a coincidence. We’re won over by its clean bodywork, with its large taillight assembly and wraparound window graphic adding a modern touch. Of course, he looks like a volvo, but that’s not a bad thing in our opinion. Model 3 looks simple and incognito by comparison.
Simply put, the 2 is assembled to a higher quality standard than the Tesla. Everything feels solidly built, unlike the chintzy bits and inconsistencies that plague some Model 3s. Polestar’s Commitment to Recycled and Vegan Materials reduces the 2’s overall environmental impact while providing drivers with a compelling premium cabin. Plus, its hatchback cargo space makes the Polestar 2 much more practical than conventional sedans.
That there is a reading of information in front of the driver, unlike the Tesla, is infinitely appreciable. Even though the Model 3’s touchscreen is larger, the Polestar 2’s 11.2-inch unit performs at least as well, with its Google-designed user interface and impressive voice-recognition capabilities. Like Tesla, Polestar promises future improvements via over-the-air updates. Unlike Tesla, Polestar charges extra for driver aids such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist and blind-spot monitoring, features standard on every Model 3.
Despite its attractive interior, the 2022 Polestar 2 isn’t always a comfortable place to sit. This single-motor car with the standard suspension and smaller 19-inch wheels suffers a firm and elastic ride, as did the Polestar 2 models with adjustable shocks and 20-inch rims we tested previously. Although there is less harshness, we wouldn’t call it plush. It’s so stiff that bumpy pavement can reduce traction when accelerating, as if the drive wheels are bouncing on the road.
2022 Polestar 2 or Model 3?
The Polestar 2 lineup as a whole is impressive in many ways, but it doesn’t quite match what Tesla brings to the table with the Model 3, and the 2022 Polestar 2 Single Motor Long Range doesn’t tip the scales. . Still, it’s an intriguing alternative, whether weighed in on price, style, practicality, or just the fact that it’s different. Even like Polestar’s future shines With promise, its entry-level car meets the moment for EV intentions and is a more than credible alternative to its nearest Tesla competitor.
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|2022 Polestar 2 (single engine) specs|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$48,400|
|VEHICLE UPFIT||Front Engine, FWD, 5 Pass, 4 Door Hatch|
|TYPE OF ENGINE||Permanent magnet electric|
|POWER (SAE NET)||231 hp|
|TORQUE (NET SAE)||243 lb-ft|
|CURB WEIGHT (DIST FWD/REW)||4,378 pounds (55/45%)|
|Length x Width x Height||181.3 x 78.1 x 52.8 inches|
|QUARTER MILE||15.3 sec at 93.4 mph|
|BRAKING, 60-0 MPH||114 feet|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||0.88g (average)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||26.6 sec @ 0.65 g (average)|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECONOMY||113/100/107 mpg-e|
|EPA RANGE, COMB||270km|