Polestar 2 hatchback - Practicality & boot space
Not quite as spacious in the rear seats as the Model 3 but more total cargo space and a hatchback tailgate
Interior space isn't far off the Model 3 either, with plentiful room for front passengers but slightly less space than the American car in the back, along with a smaller rear door opening. It also seems slightly odd for an EV that there's a transmission tunnel that robs some rear space for the middle passenger - evidence that the Polestar 2's CMA underpinnings are shared with combustion-engined cars like the Volvo XC40. The panoramic sunroof bathes the interior in light but also eats into headroom slightly.
Total storage space for the Polestar 2, including the 'frunk' (the small storage compartment under the bonnet) stands at 440 litres. You get 35 litres at the front of the car, best reserved for the charging cables or the odd bag of shopping, and 405 litres in the boot, which includes 41 litres under the boot floor. This total capacity puts it slightly ahead of the Model 3, which has 425 litres in total. Fold down the 40/60 rear seats and you free up 1,095 litres in the 2.
Even more importantly, the Polestar 2 has a hatchback bootlid rather than the saloon version on the Model 3, meaning there's a much larger opening for loading awkward items. The Tesla wins back points with its frunk, which is a more usable shape than the 2's.