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Polestar 2 review – MPG and running costs

292 miles is a good number for EVs in 2020, while running costs should also be low

Evo rating
  • A very capable, polished and contemporary example of an excellent electric car
  • It still has a fair way to go before becoming an excellent performance car

Polestar quotes an official WLTP range of 292 miles, which is a little behind that of the main competition, but an impressive number compared to the median of electric models currently on sale. Although our initial driving impressions were not long enough to accurately judge how realistic that figure is in the real world, after an afternoon of admittedly brisk driving the on-board computer did leave us with a rough 90-mile figure with 50 per cent of the remaining battery charge. Drive it sensibly, and keep to more stop-start driving and the range should correlate.

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.

Polestar also offers three years’ free servicing and maintenance as part of the package, and buyers in the UK are eligible for the £3000 government rebate, bringing the entry price down to £46,990.

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