2023 Polestar 2

2023 Polestar 2
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2023 Polestar 2 Review: Substance Without The Flash

The Polestar 2 electric sedan has been a key component in the Swedish manufacturer's recent growth, with the company having surpassed over 50,000 global sales for the first time in 2022, an 80% year-on-year increase. Not as ubiquitous as a Tesla Model 3 or as showy as German rivals like the BMW i4, the Polestar 2 brings effortless style, good performance in all-wheel-drive guise, and exceptional safety to the electric sedan segment. At 270 miles, the maximum range is fair rather than great, but the 476-horsepower version will spring to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, which leaves little to complain about in terms of performance. The clutter-free interior and smooth ride contribute to making this a relaxing commuter, too. While not the most exciting vehicle in its segment, the Polestar 2 represents a unique alternative to the best sellers in this segment.

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  • Exterior Design 8 /10
  • Performance 9 /10
  • Fuel Economy 9 /10
  • Interior & Cargo 8 /10
  • Infotainment & Features 10 /10
  • Reliability 9 /10
  • Safety 8 /10
  • Value For Money 8 /10
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2023 Polestar 2 Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2022 Polestar 2?

A range of upgrades have been applied to the Polestar 2 for the 2023 model year. A software upgrade has been applied to the dual-motor model that has boosted its range by 11 miles for a total of 260. A new heat pump also contributes to better performance in cold weather, which also improves range in very cold weather. For older Polestar models with the heat pump, an over-the-air software update will follow to maximize the benefits of this heat pump.

Elsewhere, the new Polestar 2 sedan gains two new exterior colors (Jupiter or Space Black metallics), while Magnesium is the new standard paint color. New wheel designs, a new interior option, and optional ventilated Nappa leather seats are all new. A removable mesh sunshade for models with the panoramic glass roof is now also available.

If equipped with the Plus Pack, the Polestar 2 now has an advanced cabin air filter. Another option is the performance software upgrade for dual-motor models which adds 68 hp and 15 lb-ft of torque.

Over the course of the 2023 model year, Polestar also added two limited-edition models: the BST edition 270 and the BST edition 230. Both make up to 476 hp and come with other performance and styling add-ons to set them apart from the standard models.

Pros and Cons

  • Powerful and rapid dual-motor models
  • Rides smoothly and quietly
  • Clutter-free, classy interior
  • Spacious seating
  • Excellent crash-safety ratings
  • User-friendly Android-based infotainment system
  • Mediocre acceleration for base model
  • Some rivals can go further on a full charge
  • Lacks the brand cachet of Tesla and BMW

What's The Price Of The 2023 Polestar 2?

The starting price of the new 2023 Polestar 2 is $48,400. Dual-motor models start at $51,900 before any options; however, the price can jump to over $68,000 with enough boxes ticked. These prices exclude a destination charge of $1,400, applicable to both Polestar 2 trims as well as the special edition models.

Previously, the Polestar 2's MSRP was relieved by a tax credit of up to $7,500, but since it is assembled in China, it will no longer qualify for this tax credit under the terms of the new Inflation Reduction Act.

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2023 Polestar 2 Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Single Motor
Single Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
Dual Motor
Single Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
BST edition 270
Single Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
BST edition 230
Single Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
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2023 Polestar 2 Handling And Driving Impressions

With its MacPherson strut front suspension and multilink setup at the rear, we found the Polestar 2 to be a very pleasant vehicle to drive. The batteries are mounted low in the chassis, which lowers the EV's center of gravity, and as a result, the Polestar zips through corners confidently and without excessive body lean. It feels agile and responsive during quick changes of direction, and the electric power steering makes placing the sedan easy.

On its standard suspension, the Polestar 2 has a compliant ride that soaks up bumps effectively. It's quiet, too, so extended road trips are no chore as long as there are enough chargers on your route. A stiffer suspension with Ohlins dampers is available, but in a review of the Polestar 2 with this setup, the slightly more assured handling doesn't seem worth the deterioration in ride quality.

The front-wheel-drive base model with 231 hp has slower acceleration than one expects from a modern EV, but all the dual-motor derivatives - with up to 476 hp if properly equipped - are far peppier.

Verdict: Is The 2023 Polestar 2 A Good Car?

While it may not be a groundbreaking product, the Polestar 2 EV has successfully taken the Swedish manufacturer into the mainstream. And, while it doesn't embarrass the competition in any particular area, it also doesn't have any fatal flaws. This is an electric sedan that is pleasing to drive, rare enough to be an interesting sight on the road, and more than quick enough in dual-motor guise. The base single-motor model is a little slow by modern EV standards so we would push for the dual-motor version if possible, which is $3,500 more in the USA but well worth the extra performance. The Polestar 2 would also get closer to competitors if it had a longer range, but this shouldn't be considered a dealbreaker for those living in areas where chargers are plentiful. Overall, this is a solid EV that is worth a test drive.

What 2023 Polestar 2 Model Should I Buy?

We would happily recommend spending the extra $3,500 and going for the dual-motor model, as its extra power makes it far quicker and more enjoyable to drive than the rather sedate single-motor model. Although the base dual-motor model isn't cheap at $51,900, it still undercuts the base BMW i4 and the Bimmer is down by 126 horses. If you do go for the single-motor variant, we'd suggest going very light on the options as it can quickly reach the total cost of the dual-motor variant if you don't.

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