2020 Polestar 1

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2020 Polestar 1 Review: More Than A Fancy Volvo

The first thing that comes to mind when the word 'Polestar' is mentioned should naturally be Swedish auto manufacturer Volvo. The brand started as Volvo's hardcore performance division and has now flowered into its own separate brand - building some seriously impressive hybrid machines and with an eye on an electric future including this, the first generation of a new type of sports coupe, the 2020 Polestar 1. The plug-in hybrid Polestar 1 is a gorgeous sports coupe that looks similar to the Volvo S90 but packs a 619-horsepower and 737-lb-ft of torque punch thanks to a 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged four-pot engine along with three electric motors. Power is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed auto transmission. This type of performance doesn't come cheap, however: The 2020 Polestar 1 coupe has a price of $155,000. But for the money, you do get a lot of features, performance, and, importantly, exclusivity. The Polestar 1 faces competition in the form of its sibling, the Volvo S90 Hybrid, and the formidable Tesla Model S Performance on the all-electric front. Alternatively, the BMW M8 Coupe is just spoiling for a fight, which makes any review of the 2020 Polestar 1 a multi-faceted affair.

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2020 Polestar 1 Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs. 2019 Polestar 1?

The Polestar 1 is an all-new PHEV offering arriving this year, and the brand itself has chosen this vehicle to debut its new direction as a standalone brand forgoing fossil fuel in favor of electrification. While some details are shared with mainstream Volvo products, a carbon fiber body and an incredible level of performance set this car apart from any other vehicle that this car borrows from.

Pros and Cons

  • Potent performance
  • It's a comfortable thing to drive
  • Lots of standard features
  • It's gorgeous
  • There won't be many others on the road
  • The infotainment system is not the best
  • Exclusivity doesn't justify its price
  • Tight rear seats and trunk

2020 Polestar 1 Trims and Prices

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Base
2.0L Twincharged Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
8-Speed Automatic
Other
$155,000

Polestar 1 Exterior

2020 Polestar 1 Forward View Polestar
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Dimensions

  • Length 182.0 in
  • Wheelbase 108.0 in
  • Height 53.2 in
  • Max Width 77.1 in
  • Front Width 64.8 in
  • Rear Width 65.2 in
  • Curb Weight 5,165.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Snow Matte
  • Magnesium Matte
  • Osmium Matte
  • Midnight Matte
  • Space Matte
  • Snow Metallic
  • Magnesium Metallic
  • Osmium Metallic
  • Midnight Metallic
  • Space Metallic

Polestar 1 Performance

2020 Polestar 1 Front View Driving Polestar
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Engine and Transmission

The Polestar 1 coupe isn't just a pretty face: it packs top performance thanks to the clever use of forced induction and electric motors. Under the hood of the Polestar 1, you'll find a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine backed up by three electric motors. The total power output is a serious 619 hp and 737 lb-ft of torque, combined with an electric all-wheel-drive system to ring up 0 to 60 in 4.2 seconds. The Polestar 1 offers fluid and smooth throttle response and shrugs off the drag car image the Tesla Model S has been associated with. The 8-speed automatic transmission provides smooth shifts and is quick to respond to manual inputs.

  • Engine
    2.0L Twincharged Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    Other

Polestar 1 Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    15.9 Gallons
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Polestar 1 Interior

2020 Polestar 1 Interior Front View, Seating Area Polestar
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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    4-seater
  • Front Leg Room 42.0 in
  • Front Head Room 38.0 in
  • Rear Leg Room 20.9 in
  • Rear Head Room 33.3 in

Polestar 1 Trunk and Cargo Space

2020 Polestar 1 Interior Through Sunroof, Driver Seat Area Polestar
2020 Polestar 1 Front Seats Polestar
2020 Polestar 1 Trunk Space Polestar
  • Trunk Volume
    4.3 ft³

Polestar 1 Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    8 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Polestar 1 a good plug-in hybrid coupe?

The Polestar 1 is brand-spanking new, and what an impression the PHEV has made already. Borrowing the know-how and expertise from motoring giants Volvo, Polestar has had a significant advantage in entering the eco-sports car battle with the Polestar 1, particularly when it comes to reliability and solid safety ratings. Not only does the 2-door coupe look great, but it's a bit of a technological marvel and makes extensive use of carbon fiber and other lightweight materials to keep the bad numbers down - within reason. Under the hood, the combination of a turbo- and supercharged engine and three electric motors produces impressive plug-in performance, and we are thoroughly impressed with the Polestar 1's electric-only range. We do have a few gripes, including a finicky infotainment system, tight rear seats, and a cramped trunk, but those issues are easily forgettable as soon as you climb behind the wheel. With only 1,500 of these Swedish weapons being built worldwide, exclusivity will always be by your side, even though it comes at a cost of $155k in the US.

🚗What 2020 Polestar 1 Model Should I Buy?

There's only one option on the table, and it comes with all available features, so you'll basically get to choose the color you want. If it were up to us, we'd get one in white or black to match the stunning interior.

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