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Polestar 2 review – MPG and running costs

A quoted range of over 400 miles is up there with the best electric cars of this size

Evo rating
  • Excellent range; progressive rear-drive balance; calm motorway manners
  • Unyielding ride; lacks dynamic edge

Polestar quotes an official WLTP range of 406 miles for the single-motor Polestar 2 with the larger 82kWh battery, which is a little behind the Tesla Model 3 but easily surpasses the BMW i4 and Kia's EV6. On a mixed driving route that included town driving, motorway cruising and more demanding B-roads (and with no effort to conserve energy), our average consumption was 28.6kWh per 100 miles, which equates to a projected range of 287 miles. With a more conservative driving style over 300 miles should be easily achievable, and while that's some way off the WLTP figure, it's on par with the BMW i4 eDrive35's claimed range. 

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Maintenance, or rather the lack of it, is a key advantage of electric vehicles, and the Polestar is no different. Hardware around the Performance Pack’s Brembo brakes shouldn’t have too much of a detrimental effect on running costs either, thanks to the heavy reliance on regenerative braking. 

The entry-level Polestar 2 can charge at a peak rate of 135kW, which enables a 10-80 per cent top up in 34 minutes. Despite the bigger battery of the long range models, 205kW charging capability means that this time is cut to 28 minutes. 

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