I have the new and rather exciting 2022 Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Motor for testing. It is an elegant looking fully electric five-seater car. Now you may not have heard of Polestar. They are a sporty, electric-only offshoot of the Volvo brand which I am hoping may make great family-friendly luxury vehicles that I am looking forward to putting through our BabyDrive testing…
Well the fully electric 2022 Polestar 2 EV definitely does not disappoint! It looks fantastic on the outside and I particularly like the front grille and wide grin mouth underneath it. This model has the Performance pack which adds touches like the special orange brakes to the exterior…
… and orange seatbelts to the interior, which are both fantastic accenting details.
The interior seats are upholstered with a vegan fabric which is THE BEST! If an award could be given for the car with the most family-friendly seat upholstery then the Polestar 2 would definitely win! It is so easy to wipe down child spills etc, it retains its shape after having a child seat on it for a week and it feels really nice to sit on, not getting too hot or sweaty like leather sometimes can.
The rear seats are easy for installing child seats into and I found two Infasecure child seats fit really nicely in the back. The Polestar 2 is a quite narrow car so I found three child seats didn't fit across. I installed the Infasecure Aspire More forward-facing and Attain More rear-facing.
There are ISOFix points in the two outer seats, within plastic guides and nice and easy to connect to.
There are top tether anchorages on the back of all three seatbacks but I did find it a little tricky to post the top tether straps through to the boot as there is no space underneath the rear headrests.
Legroom is fantastic in the Polestar 2 and we found a 186cm driver can sit in front of a rear-facing child seat! Making it a great electric vehicle for taller families.
Passengers in the front have a beautiful interior experience too. It is really minimal, clean and modern with minimal but functional storage.
There are two good size cup holders, one is hidden in the central console box so if you are travelling solo you only need to use the one and the other is hidden.
There is a wireless charging pad and the glovebox holds an iPad and wallet with the manual as well as having the trademark Volvo handbag hook fo the front passenger footwell. As well as shelves for storing phones or glasses in either side of the central console.
Front door bins will hold a refillable water bottle and wallet fits too.
In the back storage is more minimal and the door bins will only hold a 600ml water bottle.
The map pockets are net so anything stored in them is on display. There are aircon vents in the back of the central console to keep the rear passengers comfortable while you are driving along.
Storage in the boot of the Polestar 2 is really generous and practical for families, it will hold 14 shopping bags when empty which is impressive and the same as a lot of big SUVs.
A twin pram fits in the boot easily with four shopping bags along side it.
The Polestar 2 has a Volvo like boot divider that folds up from the floor and you can divide your boot in two with the ability to hold two shopping bags on hooks.
A medium size dog would travel really comfortably in the boot as well.
We tested the dual motor, long range variant which we found does about 400km to a full battery charge. I found the charging was really easy.
There is an easy to use screen within the media screen for monitoring and controlling your charging…
… as well as getting the info on the screen in front of the driver too.
One of my favourite features of the Polestar 2 EV is when you put a destination into the navigation it tells you how much battery you will have when you arrive there. This is gold and takes away the rage anxiety you feel for some journeys especially when you have small baby on board.
The Polestar 2 is a really elegant and pleasant car to drive around town and supermarket as well as being fantastic out on the open roads. Being fully electric you can drive your little ones to sleep or you can sit while they sleep in the back with the air-conditioning on and it won't pollute the environment or chew through fuel.
Having the sports pack on this model it apparently goes 0-40km/h in 4.7seconds which is epically fast! It does have a bit of a sportier, harder ride but I didn't find it a problem with my little ones on board.
I found the Polestar 2 to be a narrow car which makes it is easy to park an manoeuvre around town and school and supermarket carparks.
The media system in the Polestar 2 is quite different and it took me a bit of getting used to. It doesn't have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.. There is Google Maps and assistance which is good in the media touch screen system.
You can control the heated seats and climate through the media screen as well.
I particularly appreciate the Volume screen which allows your to customise the level of volumes throughout the car especially the individual sound of the distinctive tick indicators.
In reverse the camera image is shark mouth shaped, like in the Volvo XC40 EV Recharge, as well as having a beautiful 360degree clear camera view.
You can easily turn the paring sensors on and off on the screen.
I really like the Polestar 2, the minimal interior, elegant, smooth and speedy drive and practical boot space make it a great car for a family of four.
The Polestar 2 scored a 5 star ANCAP safety score and has seven airbags as standard.
Dual frontal, side chest-protecting and side head-protecting (curtain) airbags are standard. A centre airbag which provides added protection to front seat occupants in side impact crashes is also standard on all variants.