2020 Polestar 1

MSRP range: $155,000
MSRP$156,500
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2020 Polestar 1 Review

  • Stable and nimble handling
  • Comfortable seats and ride quality
  • Plug-in hybrid fuel efficiency
  • Limited production ensures rarity
  • Plain interior design considering the car's price
  • Small trunk and rear seats
  • Debut model for the new Volvo-based Polestar brand
  • High-performance plug-in hybrid
  • Kicks off the first Polestar 1 generation for 2020

The Polestar 1 is a two-door plug-in hybrid coupe. It can run on electric batteries hidden between the front seats and in the trunk, or it can run on a supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the hood. Or it can run on both. All told, the system cranks out 619 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque and nets an estimated 60 miles of all-electric range too. Polestar will make only 1,500 cars globally over three years. Each vehicle is built and hand-assembled at the company's production facility in Chengdu, China.

The 1 is Polestar's first production vehicle built from the ground up. For years, the brand served as a tuning house, pumping up Volvos such as the S60 and the V90 in the same vein as AMG for Mercedes-Benz or M for BMW. Now an independent manufacturer, Polestar will focus on luxurious, high-performance vehicles with advanced electric powertrains.

The Polestar 1 has a total battery capacity of 34 kWh and uses Type 1 and Type 2 charging connectors. Under AC power, there is up to 11 kW of onboard charging available. Polestar says it requires about nine hours to fully charge the battery from empty on a standard 110-volt home outlet, or roughly four hours with a 220-to-240-volt wall unit. There is also DC fast charging, which increases capability to 50 kW and charges the Polestar 1 up to 80% capacity in under an hour.

On top of all that technology is a full carbon-fiber body that increases stiffness and reduces weight. All the weight savings serve to offset the massive heft of the battery packs, allowing the Polestar 1 to unleash its considerable power and carve canyons as well as lighter sports cars.

Overall, we're fond of the 2020 Polestar 1. It's a thoroughly enjoyable and impressive halo car with an unmatched ability to switch between eco-friendly and aggressive thrust for a plug-in hybrid.

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The Polestar 1 is a significant car for many reasons, particularly because it's the first production model for Polestar since Volvo spun off the brand to focus primarily on electric mobility. The 1 pairs a potent but practical plug-in hybrid powertrain with a wide and elongated coupe body composed mostly of lightweight carbon fiber reinforced plastic. It's quick, comfortable and handsomely styled. And with only 1,500 units to be sold worldwide, it also has the potential to become a collector's item.
The Polestar 1 doesn't feel like it has 619 horsepower because of how smoothly it cruises into triple-digit speeds. In our testing, it ripped to 60 mph in a mere 3.9 seconds. Powerful brakes from Akebono scrub off speed at amazing rates, stopping this portly 5,200-pound coupe in just 99 feet. For context, that's slightly shorter than a Porsche 911 GT3 Touring. In casual use, the brakes at times feel a little grabby, though hybrid brakes are often tricky to tune.

Handling and daily drivability are commendable. Tight, twisty roads are dispatched with the help of torque-vectoring all-wheel drive. Even without the electronic aids, the manually adjustable Ohlins suspension delivers exceptional body control and smooths out the road beneath. The steering could stand to be a bit more communicative on the highway.
The Polestar seats are very comfortable. There isn't a lot of adjustability, but you can still dial in long-haul comfort. They also offer decent lateral support to keep you secure under higher cornering loads. The manually adjustable suspension, in its standard setting, hits a sweet spot of compliance and control. But even in its firmest setting, it doesn't deliver as punishing a ride as some competitors.

The climate controls are accessed entirely through the touchscreen menu, which means there's a lag before the system becomes active after starting the car. There is an option to precondition the cabin; once set, it maintains target temps well. There's no vibrations to speak of, but there is a fair amount of road noise on rough textured surfaces. When the roads are a bit smoother, this hybrid is about as quiet as they come.
The Polestar 1's wide and low body beltline doesn't just look good. It also makes for excellent visibility of the road in all directions and creates a sense of spaciousness for front occupants. The long doors provide ample space to slip inside; just watch for the lower rocker sills that jut out a bit. We knocked our shins a few times.

The form-follows-function narrative changes slightly when it comes to the user interface. The Sensus infotainment system plucked from the Volvo parts bin has the aesthetic benefit of a clean, minimalistic design, but it comes with the downside of having to access everything digitally. This means lots of swiping between screens when you're on the move, which can be distracting.
Much of the Polestar 1's tech has been proven out to some degree in Volvo's vehicle lineup, so it's better than the average exotic. Everything from the excellent 16-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system to a suite of advanced driver's aids is included, all of which make it more useful as a daily driver. While the adaptive cruise and lane keeping assist are pretty effective at relieving traffic stress, the parking cameras' low angles make for slightly awkward visual references.

Smartphones pair easily via Bluetooth, which allows clear playback for podcasts, phone calls and music using the native system interface. Or you can plug into one of two USB ports to use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, which is also standard. The vertical orientation of the touchscreen, though, downsizes the display of those systems a bit.
At just 4.4 cubic feet, the rear trunk is tiny. The Polestar 1's batteries and electronics take up the bulk of the area. That said, it's easier to access and more usable than the trunks of either the BMW i8 or Acura NSX because of the low liftover height. In-cabin storage is a bit sparse too, which isn't uncommon for this segment. The center console has an extremely shallow bin meant just for phones and other small flat items, while the door pockets are a pretty nice size and rubber-lined.

Front-facing car seats or booster seats can be used in back, with car seat anchors relatively easy to access through zippered slits. A rear-facing seat will fit behind the passenger seat if it's adjusted to its front-most position, but it's not really practical. If you're not transporting small humans with you, the rear seats can act as overflow storage, be it for groceries or outerwear.
The EPA estimates you'll get 26 mpg combined when the 1 is running in hybrid mode, which is about what the BMW i8 returns but with much more performance potential. We started with a partial battery charge (35 miles of indicated charge) on our 115-mile evaluation route and drove in hybrid mode. The car returned an impressive 36.6 mpg, which was spot-on with what the computer calculated on board.

The Polestar 1 has a 34-kWh battery that provides an estimated 52 miles of electric range, and based on our observations this range seems realistic. Charging at its maximum 11 kW of AC power will give you a full battery in about 3.5 hours. It is also equipped with DC fast-charging capability that'll get you to an 80% charge in less than an hour.
Perception of quality for an exotic car is almost as important as actual quality. The bulk of Polestar 1's expense goes into the hybrid powertrain as well as its carbon-fiber body, which saves a lot of weight and helps create a stiffer structure. But these things go mostly unnoticed because they're either underneath the car or covered with paint.

The interior of the Polestar, while luxurious and soundly assembled, looks far less exotic than you'd expect at this price. In fact, it looks like it's from a regular Volvo. That said, this will be a rare car with just 1,500 units produced, and compared to its closest hybrid competition, it's a much better value for the features, performance and practicality.

Basic warranty coverage is pretty standard at four years/50,000 miles, but Polestar covers hybrid and battery components for eight years/100,000 miles (10 years/150,000 miles for California residents).
It resembles a Volvo but it's more handsome, and there's nothing else quite like it on the road. It outshines the aging BMW i8 in nearly everything except cool gullwing doors, and it's more rare and less expensive than an Acura NSX. It draws attention everywhere it goes without trying. It's the equivalent of an attractive person who's unaware of it.

The Polestar 1 may not blow you away as much as other exotic vehicles with its straight-line speed, partially because it develops power so smoothly, but it changes direction amazingly well. The hybrid system with its torque vectoring, along with the excellent Ohlins suspension, works to make spirited driving effortless yet enjoyable.

Which 1 does Edmunds recommend?

Since this is such an exclusive, low-volume car, there's only one well-equipped spec to go with.

Polestar 1 models

Each Polestar 1 comes standard with a huge range of premium features, from luxury to safety, and there are no packages to tack on. Features include a full-leather interior, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, LED lighting, keyless entry and ignition, and a Bowers & Wilkins audio system paired with an infotainment system that uses a 12.3-inch touchscreen display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration is also included.

Since this is in no small part a Volvo product, the generous list of safety features should come as no surprise. They include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a surround-view camera and Volvo's Pilot Assist, a suite of features that bundles adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking and collision mitigation.

The sole paid option is matte paint, which runs $5,000.

Consumer reviews

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2020 Polestar 1 videos

MARK TAKAHASHI: I'm going to talk about my personal picks for the 10 most beautiful cars on sale today. [MUSIC PLAYING] I'm well aware that style is subjective. I don't claim to be the arbiter of style and taste, and I realize that one person's trash might be someone else's treasure. I'm sure we're going to have some disagreements on my picks. Leave a comment below. Leave a civilized comment below. So let's jump right into it. [MUSIC PLAYING] My first pick is the all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette, the C8, the mid-engine Corvette. It is a stunner in person. It's very angular. It's almost like a stealth fighter with all these facets everywhere. It's sharp. It's cool. It capitalizes on a lot of potential that I thought the NSX didn't. I'm a fan of these forward-leaning angles that the designers put into it. I like that it's almost attacking the air in front of it. Also, I like that they still have some of the character of the old Corvette in the hood here with these streaks. The proportions are great. Unlike some mid-engine sports cars, the Corvette still has a decent-sized hood, and the back end isn't too big and boxy or bulbous like some other mid-engine sports cars can get. To me, everything just sort of works well together, and it's just super sharp. And by the way, all of these pics are in just random order. There's no rhyme or reason to these. My next pick? Dodge Challenger. [MUSIC PLAYING] This is impressive, because the Dodge Challenger hasn't been redesigned since it was introduced in 2008-- well, reintroduced in 2008. It still has a lot of that sinister character that sets it apart from other muscle cars, and indeed, any other car out there. The design cues that I really like are pretty much all up front. It's this brow that cuts into the grill right there from the hood dipping over. It's almost like Clint Eastwood's furrowed death stare at you. It's mean-looking. It almost demands respect before it's even moving. The newest touches come here in the wheel arches here. They're a little bit tacked-on, but from different angles it, looks really good. It just kind of widens it out and interrupt that big slab of nothingness on the door here. And I like that they actually kept it unadorned on that door panel and that body panel. They didn't go with any fake vents or stupid chrome accents. Nice and clean. And that's kind of the theme with a lot of the cars that I like. [MUSIC PLAYING] Ah, que bella machina. This is the Ferrari Roma. It's not an all-out supercar for them. It's a Grand Tour. And I love it. I love it for a lot of things that we'll see later in other cars. First off, a nice, pointed long hood like that. These sharp angles are just gorgeous here. I'm not that big of a fan of this air dam underneath here that's kind of jutting out, but I'm not going to argue with Ferrari designers. One thing I'm really a big fan of, though, is the way that this compound curve meets a straight, and then it pops back into another compound curve in the front. There's no real transition. It just kind of smoothly blends from one end to the other. In other cars, you'll see a curve, and then an abrupt stop, and then a straight-away. This is just sinuous and beautiful and muscular. Man, from nose to tail, it is absolutely gorgeous. [MUSIC PLAYING] One of my favorites, the Jaguar F-type. The spiritual successor to the E-type from the early 1960s, it's not trying to be this campy homage to the E-type. It's its own thing. But it still has a few subtle hints. First off, we have the headlights here, this plexiglass covering that's a little bit of a nod to the old E-type. Of course, there's the grill, this big ovoid. But in the case of the F-type, more of a rounded corner, inverted trapezoid. It gives it enough character to know that it's from the same company as the E-type, but it's not trying to be the E-type. I'm also a fan of the way they did these air intakes here, these cooling vents. They didn't go with this plastic surround. It's just kind of carved into the face of the F-type. Unfortunately for the 2021 refresh, they actually put some plastic surrounds around that. And I'm not that thrilled with the way it looks. It might grow on me later, but so far, I'm still a bigger fan of this pre-refresh F-type. Other styling cues include, in the tail light, this round feature here, which is a nod to the old E-type, as well as this barrel-shaped side that they put in. Of course, there's the silhouette, which tapers down to a wonderful little point in the back, just like the old E-type. Here's a shot of the reflector I'm talking about on the old E-type, that little round feature. But there's one thing I wish that Jaguar did with the F-type, and that would be to use this glorious light metallic blue color that they used for the concept or pre-production car. It never made it into the order guides, and I was really hoping that would be in it. [MUSIC PLAYING] We've been raving about the Telluride, not just because of the way it looks, but because of the way it drives and the value proposition. It's just a really great mid-sized three-row SUV. When it comes to design, I like that it's more upright and boxy than a lot of other SUVs. I also like this amber surround here. You can tell that a Telluride is coming behind you from a ways off, thanks for that distinctive running light. They used a lot of Kia's styling cues throughout, but it's not gross about the way they did it. These double tabs are their signature throughout the Kia lineup. It's there. It's also in the top of the windshield there, and a little hint of it right here in that B-pillar. Overall, it's a really tidy design. It's industrial it's a little beefier than pretty much anything else in its class. [MUSIC PLAYING] Not my favorite car to drive. I wished it was a little more wild and lively than it is. But it is a looker, for sure. It still turns heads a few years into its production. Again, long coupe hood. And I haven't been a fan of this Lexus spindle grill since it came out, but this is actually the first instance where I do like it, mostly because this car was designed to have it from the beginning. When they first started incorporating that spindle grill, they used it on cars that weren't necessarily designed to have. It All of these lines all come together right at the logo. They just all point to it. It's a nice touch. It gives it that sharpness, that pointiness, that you kind of want from a wild-looking sport coupe like this. Another thing I'm a fan of is this cut-out right here, this little air intake, maybe for brake cooling, maybe for trans cooling. Who knows? But I like how they didn't, again, put some cheesy plastic surrounds in there. It's just kind of sliced into the side of the body. It's graceful. It's sharp. It serves a purpose. Around the back of the LC, it continues that line where everything converges on that one logo point. I like that it's a theme that's carried over to the back. One thing I'm not too crazy about, though, is this drop-down here off the tail light. It seems like it's just a little bit out of place. I realize that's part of their corporate style, but every time I see it I always see this tier line under a cheetah's face. Maybe it's not the worst thing to be associated with. [MUSIC PLAYING] My next pick-- it's the Mazda 3 hatchback. Mazda has just been killing it when it comes to design, and the 3 hatchback is, at least for me, a prime example. I love this big grill that's very distinctive, but it's not overly horsey, in my opinion. They have these wonderful compound curves that are built into the bodywork without any sharp creases that almost every other car has. One my other favorite hatchbacks is the old Alfa Romeo Brera, that had this beautiful, rounded hatchback tail. It's very distinctive. It sets itself apart from everything else out there. It's a clean design, and it's carried over into everything that Mazda does. The CX-5, the CX-3, CX-30-- they're all what I consider the most attractive in their classes. And the CX-9 would have been, or it was, until the Telluride came along. [MUSIC PLAYING] The Polestar 1-- wow. The first time I saw this in the flesh, it was stunning. It's just such a clean design, really not a lot of adornment. Sure, it's got a long hood, coupe proportions again, a stubby tail in the back. But there's a simplicity about it that just drew me in instantly. This grill is certainly an echo of Volvo, which is the parent company, but it's missing the sash and the Volvo logo in the middle. I'm also a huge fan of these side streaks in the nose of the car. It's almost aviation-like to me, like a Canard. Again, really nice, simple, unadorned side here, and we have this little feature here that catches light, and then a subtle little crease here that casts shadow below that. It gives it some visual interest without having to resort to something kitschy or gaudy. I had a design instructor who gave us this quote that I keep using when it comes to car design. And I'm paraphrasing here, but it's, a pretty shape doesn't need a lot of jewelry. And this is pretty much unadorned perfection to me. Of course, you can't talk about the Polestar 1 without also mentioning the S90 from Volvo. There's a lot of similarities there. I realize that. And I love the S90 for the exact same reasons. You can see down here that Volvo added that chrome strip down there. Doesn't really add too much visually for me. I prefer to see something, in other words, like the Polestar 1, where it's not there. Again, simplicity, cleanliness of design. Of course, not all my picks are going to be exotics or sport coupes. I can't not talk about the most popular class of vehicles, pickup trucks. And for my money, it's the Ram 1500. [MUSIC PLAYING] The new design is a little classier, a little upmarket. In this top trim here, you get a lot of chrome. I'm outlining here this little step up from the headlight into the grill, and we'll get to that in a bit. But I like how everything is very cohesive, and it all seems to belong together. One thing I'm not a big fan of is this kind of badge right here. It just seems a little out of place in an otherwise very clean design. The design also carries around to other Ram 1500s, like the Rebel, which has a very different take on the grill, but it's equally impressive and aggressive in its execution. Getting back to the headlights integrating into the grill and all that good stuff, it goes back to the introduction of this new generation of Ram pickups in the mid-1990s. This is the heavy-duty version of it. And right here, that headlight line there steps straight up into the grill and then back down for the other headlight. Around that time-- I think was the Kenworth T600 big rig had that same kind of sloping hood, and in that integration of the headlights into the fenders. And you can see it here. I mean, that is very much exaggerated the way it is here in the Ram 1500. But it's that sort of industrial, utilitarian design that made me really love it. I wish that Ram, however, capitalized on that design back then and produced a rival to the Suburban, a larger SUV with that kind of style. My final pick is yet another sport coupe. It is the Mercedes Benz AMG GT. [MUSIC PLAYING] Again, it's the familiar theme of really long hood, a wide maw of a grill here that denotes that it needs a lot of air to breathe, like a beast. And I mean, again, really huge intakes here as well. One thing I'm not too crazy about is this feature right here. I like that it's a cut-out, and it's not surrounded by plastic, but it's this badge right here that kind of throws me off. I feel like maybe if they did something a little more subtle, it would have been better, at least personally for me. Again, man, there's so many things to like about the proportions of this car. And another echo here is that kick-out there that catches light. It just lends it a little more visual interest. And then at the very back of the car, it's really, really quite rounded over, almost egg-like, like a Porsche 928. but they broke it up and kept it from looking overly bulbous by introducing these cutouts here. Whether or not they're actual heat extractors that function or not, there is a function. And that's aesthetically, it breaks up a lot of the monotony back here and keeps it looking a little sharper, a little more racy. In any case, those are my picks for the 10 most beautiful cars on sale today. I'm sure you have some disagreements with my picks and probably thought I left out a few and probably included a few that didn't deserve to be. Leave a comment below. Leave a civilized comment below. Let's start a dialogue. It's not like I don't have the time to respond. Thanks for watching the video. Thanks for hanging out all the way to the end. To see more videos like this, hit Subscribe. And of course, for any of these vehicles, if you want any information, head on over to edmunds.com. Stay safe. Take care of your friends. Take care of your family. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$155,000
MPG & Fuel
N/A City / N/A Hwy / 26 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 15.9 gal. capacity
Seating
4 seats
Drivetrain
Type: all wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 619 hp @ N/A rpm
Torque: 738 lb-ft @ N/A rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 180.5 in. / Height: 53.2 in. / Width: 77.1 in.
Curb Weight: 5170 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 4.4 cu.ft.

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Safety

Our experts’ favorite 1 safety features:

Pilot Assist w/ Adaptive Cruise Control
Automatically adjusts the car's speed to speed up or slow down to match traffic and keeps the car centered in the lane.
Blind-Spot Information System
Illuminates a light in the sideview mirrors if a vehicle is in the Polestar 1's blind spot.
Collision Mitigation Support
Can help steer the car to avoid or lessen the chance of a front or rear collision.


Polestar 1 vs. the competition

2020 Polestar 1

2020 Polestar 1

2020 Volvo S90

2020 Volvo S90

Polestar 1 vs. Volvo S90

It's no surprise that these two cars look alike since Volvo is Polestar's parent company and they share a lot of parts. In a way, the Polestar 1 is an S90 coupe, though the Polestar is both shorter and wider than the S90. It packs significantly more punch than even the 400-horsepower S90 T8 plug-in hybrid, but it also costs significantly more. Outside of the design, the two cars also share many features and much of the same technology.

Compare Polestar 1 & Volvo S90 features 

Polestar 1 vs. Porsche 911

The 2020 911 is the culmination of decades of tuning and refinement. It doesn't break any new ground, but that doesn't make the car or the driving experience any less special. Both cars are similar in size and offer comparable standard and optional features, so the choice could come down to your desire to be an early adopter or get the best version yet of an iconic sports car.

Compare Polestar 1 & Porsche 911 features 

Polestar 1 vs. Lexus LC 500h

Like the Polestar 1, the LC 500h uses a hybrid powertrain. But the Lexus isn't a plug-in and lacks any significant range for all-electric driving. It's also quite a bit less powerful. The Lexus also lacks all-wheel drive. It's arguably as striking as the Polestar, though it's distinctly Japanese in execution. Both offer a similar array of tech, though the Lexus' infotainment system is notoriously frustrating to use.

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2020 Polestar 1 First Impressions

What is it?

For decades we've been told that the future would usher in a new era of automobiles that rely on a few basic principles: They're electric, they at least partly drive themselves and they're unbelievably chic. Now, in the footsteps of the Audi RSQ from I, Robot and the Lexus 2054 from Minority Report, comes the 2020 Polestar 1. At times, this halo coupe feels like the future. But if it truly represents the future, then it tells us that while the future is beautiful and innovative and exciting, it is also inherently compromised.

The Polestar 1 is a two-door plug-in hybrid coupe. It can run on electric batteries hidden between the front seats and in the trunk, or it can run on a supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the hood. Or it can run on both. All told, the system cranks out enough power — 619 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque — to make a Porsche 911 Turbo envious. And it's priced accordingly.

You can order the Polestar 1 now. The starting price is $156,500, including destination fees. Each model comes standard with a huge range of premium features, from luxury to safety, and there are no additional packages to tack on. The only option is matte paint, which runs $5,000.

Part of the reason for the high price is simply its exclusivity. Polestar will make only 1,500 examples over three years. Each vehicle is built and hand-assembled at the company's production facility in Chengdu, China.

2020 Polestar 1 - Front 3/4
2020 Polestar 1
Why does it matter?

The 1 is Polestar's first production vehicle built from the ground up. For years, the brand served as a high-performance consultant of sorts, pumping up Volvos such as the S60 and the V90 in the same vein as AMG for Mercedes-Benz or M for BMW. Now an independent manufacturer, Polestar is under joint ownership by Volvo and its parent company, the Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, or Geely. Polestar will focus on luxurious, high-performance vehicles with advanced electric powertrains.

CEO Thomas Ingenlath called the brand "a child of Volvo," with a focus on cool aesthetics and no-compromise attitude. The Polestar 1 kicks things off, with the Polestar 2 electric sedan and Polestar 3 electric crossover to follow.

2020 Polestar 1 - Rear
2020 Polestar 1
Can it drive in fully electric mode?

Yes. One of the four selectable driving modes in the Polestar 1 is called Pure. And it runs the vehicle solely from the onboard batteries, allowing the Polestar 1 to stay in electric mode for everyday driving and highway cruising. Step on the throttle and there is quite a bit of lag — Pure mode is for getting by on electric juice, not exhilarating Tesla-style blasts down an open road. But the important part is that you can conceivably drive the Polestar 1 exclusively under electric power, plugging in at night and sticking within the confines of its range during the day.

Speaking of range, the Polestar 1 should provide the most EV range of plug-in hybrid on the market today. Exactly how much range, however, is still up in the air. Polestar has certified a total electric range of about 70 miles under European testing, but U.S. testing is still ongoing. Combined with the four-cylinder engine, Polestar claims a combined range of 540 miles.

2020 Polestar 1 - Profile
2020 Polestar 1
How do I charge it?

The Polestar 1 has a total battery capacity of 34 kWh. It uses a standard Combined Charging System, which enables it to utilize Type 1 and Type 2 connectors. Under AC power there is up to 11 kW of onboard charging available. Polestar says it requires about nine hours to fully charge the battery from empty on a standard 110-volt home outlet, or roughly four hours with a 220-240-volt wall unit. There is also DC fast charging, which increases capability to 50 kW and will charge the Polestar 1 up to 80% capacity in under an hour.

The plug is located on the driver's side rear haunch, with the fuel cap on the passenger side. The Polestar 1 requires premium gasoline and has a 15.9-gallon tank.

2020 Polestar 1 - Detail
2020 Polestar 1
Where are the batteries?

There are two large battery packs in the Polestar 1, but they may not be where you think. While many hybrids and electric cars mount their batteries flat on the bottom of the floor, to evenly disperse the weight and lower the center of gravity, Polestar decided on something different. One suitcase-size pack stands within the tunnel between the front seats, where the transmission would normally go.

The other pack is mounted horizontally behind the rear seats, on top of the rear axle and protruding into the trunk. In fact, if you open the trunk, you can see it. The bright orange cables and all are visible thanks to a glass viewing case that puts part of the unit on display. At night, ambient lighting casts the pack in a soothing glow to make you feel better about the trunk not being able to hold much gear.

2020 Polestar 1 - Cargo
2020 Polestar 1
What role does carbon fiber play?

On top of all that technology is a full carbon-fiber body, which includes the doors and hood, even down to the inner side panels. There are two main reasons Polestar decided to use carbon fiber for everything. First, it increases stiffness. Polestar says putting a carbon-fiber body on top of a steel unibody frame improves rigidity under aggressive handling, as well as structural integrity in the event of a crash. Polestar even uses carbon fiber under the car to strengthen the platform, which is essentially a chopped and shortened version of the Volvo S90 sedan. Polestar created a carbon-fiber brace nicknamed "The Dragonfly" that covers the seam and holds both pieces of the platform in place.

The second reason is it reduces weight. Carbon fiber is incredibly light, and since it's also stronger than steel, you can use less of it. The Polestar 1 has impressive outward visibility, in part because engineers could use thin pillars and body panels. All that weight savings serves to offset the massive heft of the battery packs. Although, there's only so much it can do. The Polestar 1 still checks in at a curb weight of 5,170 pounds, which is about 200 pounds more than the W12-powered 2019 Bentley Continental GT.

How is it sold?

Polestar is setting up a network of spaces that will display the vehicles and offer test drives. But they are not dealerships. Associates will be on hand to explain features and guide customers as they make choices, but they don't finalize the sale or earn a commission. Instead, all vehicles are purchased online and serviced at select Volvo dealers. Polestar plans to open spaces along the West Coast of the U.S. in 2020, with East Coast locations to follow later in the year. Spaces in Oslo, Norway, and Beijing are already launched.

What does it compete with?

There are two main groups for the Polestar 1 to tackle. The first group includes hybrid and electric vehicles. The Lexus LC 500h is more comfortable and soothing, while the Acura NSX is a track-tuned hybrid, though neither has plug-in capability. The BMW i8 relies on radical styling and only has 18 miles of EV range. Fully electric models include the Tesla Model S (particularly in the top P100D trim) and the new Porsche Taycan.

The second class of contenders is traditional luxury and exotic coupes. This category is full of two-door icons such as the Aston Martin DB11, the Bentley Continental GT, the BMW M8 and the Porsche 911. Polestar hopes that you'll be attracted to the 1's newness, especially if you find these cars to be known commodities.

2020 Polestar 1 - Steering
2020 Polestar 1
How does it drive?

The driving experience in the Polestar 1 varies wildly depending on the conditions. In Hybrid mode, it's versatile and efficient; in Pure mode, it's clean but sluggish. On the ratty California highways that we did our initial drive on, the noise from bumps and high winds was intrusive due to the nearly silent powertrain. On smoother mountain curves, the car stayed firmly planted and swiftly pulled out of corners. The steering feels accurate and easy to operate, and torque vectoring from the dual electric motors sends variable power to the rear wheels to aid cornering.

Choose between the standard D setting that allows easy coasting or the more aggressive B that stiffens the regenerative brakes and enables one-pedal driving (though it struggles to bring the car to a full stop). There are lots of settings and decisions to consider inside the Polestar 1 based on your route, road conditions, preferred mode and driving style.

For the most exhilaration, put the Polestar 1 in the Power mode and use the wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Left in automatic mode, the Aisin eight-speed transmission errs on the side of efficiency. But in the driver's control, the Polestar 1 can unleash its considerable power and carve canyons as well as lighter sports cars.

We set out to tackle the freeways and twisting mountain roads around San Francisco with a full battery charge. Most of the drive was spent in Hybrid mode, with some jaunts in electric Pure as well as Power. After 88 total miles, much of it uphill, our test vehicle had used all its juice and reverted to gasoline. It recharged slightly on the downhill cruise toward the coastline, leaning into electric power when possible. After 115 miles of driving, our test car's digital display read an average fuel economy of 45.1 mpg. If there's one thing the Polestar 1 teaches us, it's that electrified vehicles need not be one-dimensional.

2020 Polestar 1 - Profile
2020 Polestar 1
What's the interior like?

The Volvo association is most clearly felt inside the cabin, where soothing hues and a familiar infotainment screen shared with its sedans and SUVs are the first things you'll notice. The upcoming Polestar 2 will debut a new Android-based interface, but the Polestar 1 gets the old system. The screen is responsive to touch and navigation is presented nicely, but it takes time to adjust to the menu interface, which can prove frustrating when you're in need of a specific function. It would also be nice to have a unique system in such an expensive vehicle.

A closer look around reveals small touches that set the Polestar 1 apart from its more pedestrian cousins. Every material is genuine metal, leather or soft rubber, and the switches are satisfying to click and twist. The shifter knob is lovely Orrefors crystal.

An expansive glass roof allows jaw-dropping overhead views. There is no retracting shade or cover, but the glass has a protective film that Polestar says removes up to 95% of heat and UV radiation. The seat belts are a beautiful gold color that can also be found on the brake calipers, stem caps and adjustable suspension knobs under the hood.

The seats themselves are a triumph. Volvo seats are known for top comfort and support. Polestar used Volvo seat frames for the Polestar 1 but added beautiful seams and stitching. There is full power adjustability and a cushioned pad that manually extends for thigh support.

2020 Polestar 1 - Seat
2020 Polestar 1
How practical is it?

Is there such a thing as negative practicality? The trunk is comically small and lists at just 4.4 cubic feet of storage. (Blame goes toward the second battery pack sitting on the rear axles.) You might be able to fit a couple of small suitcases or a few grocery bags, but that's it. There is an engine up front, so there is no frunk. The Polestar 1's back seat is virtually unusable because there's so little legroom. You might as well treat it as an extra space to store your stuff.

What else should I know?

A crucial component to both the ride quality and the sporty behavior is the Öhlins suspension on all four corners. In the motorcycle world, Öhlins is synonymous with high performance. Here, the company provides dual flow valve dampers that are further tuned by Polestar. They deliver a comfortable, cushioned ride. On rough roads that noisily rattled the suspension, little of that movement made its way into the cabin. And on sharp roads, the car remained flat over dips and bankings that would have upset less sophisticated setups. There is even a touch of motorsports flavor included: Under the hood, on either side of the engine is a dial to adjust the suspension setting manually with nine levels of stiffness.

2020 Polestar 1 - Detail
2020 Polestar 1
EdmundsEdmunds says

The new 2020 Polestar 1 is a thoroughly enjoyable and impressive halo car with an unmatched ability to switch between eco-friendly and aggressive thrust for a plug-in hybrid. But considering the Polestar 1's high price and lack of storage and rear-seat space, its appeal is undoubtedly limited.


FAQ

Is the Polestar 1 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 1 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.0 out of 10. You probably care about Polestar 1 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the 1 gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the 1 has 4.4 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Polestar 1. Learn more

What's new in the 2020 Polestar 1?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Polestar 1:

  • Debut model for the new Volvo-based Polestar brand
  • High-performance plug-in hybrid
  • Kicks off the first Polestar 1 generation for 2020
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Is the Polestar 1 reliable?

To determine whether the Polestar 1 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the 1. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the 1's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2020 Polestar 1 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Polestar 1 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 1 and gave it a 8.0 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 1 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2020 Polestar 1?

The least-expensive 2020 Polestar 1 is the 2020 Polestar 1 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $155,000.

Other versions include:

  • 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $155,000
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What are the different models of Polestar 1?

If you're interested in the Polestar 1, the next question is, which 1 model is right for you? 1 variants include 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A). For a full list of 1 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Polestar 1

2020 Polestar 1 Overview

The 2020 Polestar 1 is offered in the following submodels: 1 Coupe. Available styles include 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A). The 2020 Polestar 1 comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2020 Polestar 1 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2020 Polestar 1?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Polestar 1 and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 1.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Polestar 1 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 1 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Polestar 1?

2020 Polestar 1 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A)

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What is the MPG of a 2020 Polestar 1?

2020 Polestar 1 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
26 compined MPG,

EPA Est. MPG26
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainall wheel drive
Displacement2.0 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase107.9 in.
Length180.5 in.
Width77.1 in.
Height53.2 in.
Curb Weight5170 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2020 Polestar 1?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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