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
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.
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.