Polestar is a new car brand and a subsidiary of the Volvo Car Group. The foundations of the Polestar brand are as a racing team. Therefore, while Volvo will/are producing electric cars under their own brand, it appears they will use the Polestar brand to offer electric cars which appeal to a younger audience than those who are typically attracted to buying a Volvo. The Polestar 2 shares the same electric platform (battery/motors) as the Volvo XC40 Recharge and the Polestar 2 has an official UK towing capacity of 1,500 kg (currently anyway).
Key Polestar 2 Specs
- Official Towing Capacity – 1,500 kg
- Availability – Now
- Price – Starting from £46,900
- Range (EV Database) – 235 Miles
- Estimated Towing Range (50%) – 117 Miles
- Maximum Charge Rate – 150 kW (DC Fast Charger)
Polestar 2 HP & Torque
- Long Range Dual Motor – 402 HP and 487 lb-ft of torque
Polestar 2 Towing Capabilities
It appears the official towing capacity of UK specification Polestar 2 cars is 1,500 kg. I’m getting that information from the global press release below, and its also the towing figure stated on the EV Database (link above). Now, that’s normally where I would leave it. However, as I covered over on electrictowcars.com which discusses US specification electric tow cars, the situation appears to have changed on the towing capacity of the Polestar 2.
At this point, you may be thinking why would a lower US towing specification be relevant to the UK Polestar 2 and its towing capacity? Well, the odd thing is the updated US press release stating the downgrade to 2,000 lbs (907 kg) goes on to reference European tow bar pricing? I think this just may have been an oversight. However, I’m yet to get a response back from Polestar to confirm this.
Press Release Confusion On Towing Capacity
So in December 2018, Polestar provided a global press release (here) which stated the Polestar 2 would have ‘class-leading towing capacity’ of 1,500 kg, which is just over 3,300 lbs.
Then in December 2019, Polestar produced a US press release (here), stating the towing capacity of the Polestar 2 would be just 2,000 lbs (907 kg). Why the reduction in towing capacity? I’m not currently sure. Some have predicted its due to higher allowed speeds when towing on US roads and larger average distances covered etc.
Polestar 2 Real World Range
As of yet, I cannot find any resources to reference for towing tests conducted with the Polestar 2 and range results. Therefore, until there are some I wanted to reference a Polestar 2 range test conducted by Bjørn Nyland in Norway. Bjørn produces some of the most detailed EV tests you will currently find, and his range test results of the Polestar produced some interesting results. Please note though, the video below is 23 minutes long, and I will be summarising Bjørn’s findings below.
So Bjørn found that travelling in pretty ideal conditions at 90 km/h (55 mph) the Polestar produced a range of 270 miles which is below the WLTP figure of 292 miles. Furthermore, at 120 km/h (75 mph) the Polestar returned 189 miles of range. The above is an example of why I don’t reference the WLTP figures for EV’s in the Key Stats and I reference the EV-Database instead which provides a more realistic average real-world range figure.
On my Polestar 2 article on electrictowcars.com, I reference the EPA range which is 233 miles. Polestar is not happy about that figure and disputes it as an accurate reflection of the car’s capabilities. However, looking at Bjørn’s results above, to me it does look like the real world range figure as an average considering colder weather conditions will be in the 233-235 mile bracket.
Tesla Model 3/Y Comparisons
In many cases, Polestar has welcomed the comparisons to the Tesla Model 3 when journalists rate the handling and build quality of the Polestar 2 as superior. However, it doesnt look so favourable when you consider a Tesla Model 3 ‘Long Range’ AWD for the same money will roughly go a further 60 miles.
Granted, in terms of towing capacity the Polestar 2 (1,500 kg) and Tesla Model 3 (1,000 kg) are not equals. Then again, in reference the Polestar press release confusion above on towing capacities, I wouldn’t be surprised if the UK Polestar 2 towing capacity got downgraded to 2,000 lbs (907 kg).
Polestar 2 Reviews and Impressions
Below is the Fully Charged review for the Polestar 2 which Robert is very happy with in terms of how the car looks, drives and the fit and finish of the vehicle. Robert has previously owned a Tesla Model S and currently owns a Tesla Model 3 Long Range Dual Motor, hence the main competitor to the Polestar. Therefore Robert is in a good position to provide context to how the Polestar 2 compares to his Tesla Model 3.
As you can see from the video above, Robert is very impressed with the Polestar 2 and actually prefers it to his Tesla Model 3 in several regards. The key difference being at this time the Polestar 2 is fully dependant on the public charging network, where Tesla also provides its own Supercharger network. Now when purely used as an electric car, that difference may not be so significant for some users. However, as an electric tow car, I currently believe access to the Tesla Supercharger network can potentially make a big difference.
My Thoughts On The Polestar 2 …
There are many things I like about Polestar 2. I like the ‘design aesthetic’ both inside and out. I also think it could be more practical in normal day to day life than say a Tesla Model 3 with its small rear boot opening. Hence, I can definitely see the appeal of this car if you want to own an EV and something other than a Tesla etc. However, I’m not an automotive journalist, and this site is not focused on reviewing electric cars as an all-round package, I focus on towing capabilities.
In terms of an electric tow car, the Polestar 2 is a harder sell. As it stands the real-world range figures for the Polestar 2 are below original expectations, whereas due to software updates to the Tesla Model 3 range has actually increased from earlier results. Therefore, that also translates into widening figures when it comes to real-world towing range results.
Therefore, I can certainly see the appeal of the Polestar 2, and for shorter journeys, the higher towing capacity (currently) over the Tesla Model 3 could come in handy. However, overall, in terms of long-distance towing I don’t see the Polestar 2 being competitive with the Tesla Model 3, or the upcoming Model Y which can tow the same 1,500 kg as the Polestar 2, but it will be more expensive.