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Polestar 2 hatchback - Range, charging & running costs

The Polestar 2 is a 300-mile+ electric car with ultra-rapid charging

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Polestar is clearly gunning for the Tesla Model 3 with its long range family car. There are multiple battery and motor combinations to choose from, the most usable of which will officially do more than 400 miles on a charge.

Since the Polestar 2 was facelifted, we’d actually recommend the cheapest Standard Range Single motor model, which still does up to 330 miles, but costs a significant £4k less than the Long Range car. 

​Polestar 2 range & charging 

The Polestar 2 was facelifted in 2023, and with it came some significant changes to the battery and powertrain. The basic Standard Range Single motor car is now rear-wheel drive (as opposed to front-wheel drive, as before) and features a 69kWh battery for up to 330 miles of range. This version will charge at up to 135kW if you can find a fast enough public charger – good for 10-80% in 34 minutes.

Upgrading to the Long Range Single motor model not only nets you a bigger 82kWh battery and maximum 406-mile range, it also opens up 205kW ultra-rapid charging – the same as the BMW i4 eDrive40. Despite the bigger battery, the car will charge 10-80% in 28 minutes.

The final model in the lineup is the Long Range Dual motor, which has the same battery and charging technology as the Long Range Single motor model. However, the extra weight and punchier performance means range drops slightly to 367 miles. Whichever you go for, this latest-generation battery and motor makes the Polestar 2 a highly usable electric car.

To make Europe-wide public charging simpler, Polestar has partnered with Plugsurfing, a service provider allowing owners to use 195,000 charging points using a hassle-free RFID tag. However, it has some way to go to beat Tesla's Supercharger network, which convincingly topped our Driver Power survey of chargepoint providers. The Supercharger network is, however, being made available to non-Tesla owners at some locations, so Polestar 2 drivers will have even more options.

All Polestars get 11kW AC charging as standard, though you’ll need three-phase electricity to take advantage of that. If you’ve got this setup at home or work, charging the Polestar 2 takes between seven and eight hours; a more common 7kW wallbox will take between 10h45m and 12h30m depending on the battery you opt for.

VED (road tax) is free for the Polestar 2 until 2025 and company-car drivers will enjoy a low BiK band. Three years of servicing and roadside assistance are included and the 2 is covered by a three-year warranty.

Model 

Battery size

Range

Standard Range Single

69kWh

330 miles

Long Range Single

82kWh

406 miles

Long Range Twin

82kWh

367 miles

Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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