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Polestar 2 hatchback - Reliability & safety

Polestar is a fledgling brand but shared Volvo knowhow is reassuring

Carbuyer Rating

4.3 out of 5

Reliability & safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

Polestar is still a relatively niche brand in the UK but the Volvo connection means we have high hopes for the reliability and safety of the brand’s cars.

Polestar 2 reliability

Unless you're a car fanatic, you may not have heard much about Polestar. In that case, it will be reassuring to note that it’s an all-electric sub-brand of Volvo, and that Chinese parent company Geely is one of the world's largest manufacturers of electric vehicles. With all this know-how behind the scenes, we're expecting the Polestar 2's build quality and reliability to be strong right out of the blocks.

While Polestar hasn't appeared in our Driver Power survey yet, Volvo came ninth out of 29 manufacturers. That was despite a fairly high 20.5% of Volvo drivers reporting a fault within the first year, which leads us to believe most of these were only minor niggles.

Safety

The same goes for the car’s safety credentials, which benefit from the latest technology, including central airbags between the front passengers to further protect them in a collision. When the Polestar 2 was tested by Euro NCAP in early 2021, it scored the full five stars, with 92% and 89% ratings for adult occupant safety and child safety respectively. It also scored 80% for its vulnerable road user protection and 86% in the safety assist category.

One of the main safety features fitted to the Polestar 2 is the Volvo Car Group’s latest driving assistance technology, which can help accelerate, brake and steer the car at speeds of up to 81mph. A myriad of sensors monitor the area around the car, helping avoid or brake if a pedestrian, cyclist or vehicle is detected. The battery is also enclosed in an aluminium case to protect it from damage.

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