The Polestar 2 was the second vehicle to debut under Volvo's Polestar brand — a division that prioritizes electrified performance. Last year's debut 2021 model joined the Polestar 1 — an exotic plug-in hybrid sport coupe — as a more mainstream sedan-like hatchback solely powered by batteries. For 2022, Volvo is adding a more wallet-friendly single-motor version and a reconfigured trim structure for the dual-motor model that allows for a greater level of customization.
2022 Polestar 2
The new entry-level Polestar 2 uses a single electric motor. It sends 231 horsepower through the front wheels and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in a respectable 7.1 seconds. The Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus is considerably quicker — it zipped to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds in our testing — but 7.1 seconds is comparable to what you might expect to get from a sporty gas-powered hatchback such as a Volkswagen GTI. The returning dual-motor setup continues to send 408 hp and 487 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels, which yields a 0-60 sprint time of 4.3 seconds, according to Edmunds' performance testing.
We previously evaluated the Polestar 2 with the optional Performance package, which includes manually adjustable suspension dampers with 22 different settings. The dampers allow you to customize the balance between a comfortable ride and a sporty setup that allows you to gracefully carve corners with minimal body roll.
A mix of nicely textured plastics, seat upholstery and trim pieces adorn the interior of the new base trim. The textile seat coverings are quite fetching to look at and feel comfortable once you're fully planted. The only usability concern is that these standard seats have a manual tilt adjustment wheel, which is awkwardly located at the base of the seatback. It's a wheel-type adjuster, and you might have to rotate it several times before you dial in the right position. A household with several drivers might want to select the Plus package to solve this. In addition to imitation leather upholstery, wood trim and a slew of other upgrades, the Plus package includes power-operated front seats.
The Polestar 2's infotainment system is the first on the market to utilize the Android Automotive interface. Developed by Google, the system is more intuitive and snappier than the older interface found in most modern Volvos. There's no integration with Apple CarPlay yet, but wireless compatibility is in the works and should be deployed by year's end.
The Polestar 2 was already one of our favorite luxury EVs, and a new, more attractive price point means that a wider selection of people will get to experience it too.