What is this?
We still have to wait a few months before we can get acquainted with the all-new Polestar 3, in the meantime there is already a family expansion with this Single Motor variant of the 2. The battery is available in 2 variants: Long Range, with a range of 540 kilometers, and Standard Range, good for 440 kilometers of autonomy. For model year 2022, which also applies to the Dual Motor, the Swedes are also updating the interior finish, with some new plastics and refreshed colors for the upholstery.
Until now, the Polestar 2 was only available as a Dual Motor, with a motor on each axle and therefore de facto four-wheel drive. The total power is then 408 hp, with a battery of 78 kWh. Its price is 51,500 euros. Since not everyone needs that much power, and it ‘car policies’ is even unfavorably received by some company fleets, Polestar has therefore taken up the wrench and removed the rear motor, making this Polestar 2 Single Motor a pure front-wheel drive.
A choice dictated by the CMA platform that this EV shares with the Volvo XC40, an architecture based on front-wheel drive. The basic idea that this is safer than rear-wheel drive is debatable, but good. The motor on the front axle develops 165 kW (224 hp) in the case of the 64 kWh Standard Range battery, or 170 kW (230 hp) in the 78 kWh Long Range battery. The price difference is 3,000 euros.
In the latter case, it concerns the same battery as in the Dual Motor, but because the Single Motor is inherently more economical, the autonomy increases from 480 to 540 kilometers.
The stickers on the doors indicate which version it is exactly.
How does it drive?
We went out with the Standard Range version, which is for sale for a correct 45,500 euros. The cockpit is neat, with sober furniture, and pleasant to stay in both the front and the back. The excellent driving position and the well thought-out ergonomics are particularly striking, with a beautiful touch screen in the center. It is a pity that you still find some cheap plastic here and there, especially for this price range. Polestar refers to ‘recycled and recyclable materials’. Well.
On the way you hardly notice that the rear engine has disappeared, especially not on dry land. The Polestar 2 gets its power to the ground very well, even in tight corners. Because it is about 150 kilos lighter, it is also more agile. There is still 224 hp left, but that is by no means paralyzing. You still get a nice boost, with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds. Once above 120 km/h it levels off. The Single Motor version is also limited to 160 km/h, compared to 205 for the Dual Motor.
The AutoWorld verdict?
In the case of the Polestar 2, one engine less is not a step backwards, according to this test of the Single Motor/Standard Range, which has every right to exist, both in terms of price and performance. Of course, the Dual Motor remains somewhat more efficient, more efficient and more exclusive, but this new variant is more than sufficient for daily use.