2024 Polestar 2: A Comprehensive Guide On Features, Specs, And Pricing - SUV VEHICLE

2024 Polestar 2: A Comprehensive Guide On Features, Specs, And Pricing


The Polestar 2 is a premium Swedish electric crossover with sedan-like body proportions, making it a unique proposition in the mid-size segment. The model falls under Volvo’s EV-dedicated subsidiary, which was once known for elevating the brand’s ICE products to motorsport-level performance. Now that the firm has switched focus, the result is a clinical and relatively accessible electric car option.

The Polestar 2 competes in the very aggressive midsize EV crossover segment. Thus far, Polestar hasn’t been enjoying the success it anticipated in the American market, as the Tesla Model Y continues to reign supreme. Regardless, the Swedish EV maker continues to put up a fight, with its entry-level option remaining its main contender, with some new models in the line-up ready to bolster overall sales.

2024 Polestar 2

The Polestar 2 is the Swedish EV manufacturer’s entry-level electric car offering. Design-wise, it takes the form of a crossover with sedan proportions, making it a fairly unique option in the segment. Polestar offers a choice of a base rear-wheel drive single-motor or Performance dual-motor all-wheel drive variant, with power outputs ranging between 299 and 455 horsepower.

Polestar 2

Single- or dual-permanent-magnet motors

Single-speed automatic

299-455 HP

361-546 LB-FT

rear- or all-wheel drive

247-320 miles


Fuel Economy
95-115 MPGe

Charge Time
8 Hours @ 240V

Towing Capacity
2,000 LBS

0-60 MPH
5.9-4.1 seconds

12.6 seconds @ 110.0 MPH

In order to give you the most up-to-date and accurate information possible, the data used to compile this article was sourced from Polestar’s websites and other authoritative sources, including MotorTrend, the EPA, the NHTSA, and J.D. Power. Each model score is determined by Top Speed’s rating team, which factors in five different metrics. You can
read our Methodology page
for more information about our rating system.

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What’s New For 2024

For 2024, Polestar introduces a larger battery and updated hardware, resulting in higher EPA range estimates. The single-motor model is now rear-wheel drive, as opposed to the pre-updated model’s front-wheel drive configuration. Its estimated range increases by 30 miles on a single charge, resulting in a 320-mile range estimate. The dual-motor models also get a boost, with a range of 276 miles, up 16 miles from last year.

Along with this, Polestar kits the range out with a slight bump in power. The single-motor model now has 295 horsepower, up from 231, and the dual-motor model has been bumped up to 416 horsepower, from 408. Plus, Polestar has tweaked the torque ratio to give the rear motor more power. The 20-inch wheels that come with the $5,500 Performance Pack have been updated, and you can now opt for Michelin all-season tires on the 19-inch wheels. The larger battery now supports superfast DC charging speeds of up to 205 kW, up from the previous 155 kW figure.

2024 Highlights

  • New rear-wheel drive single-motor configuration
  • Increased battery capacity
  • New 20-inch wheels for the Performance Pack
  • Tweaked rear-motor torque ratio
  • Optional 19-inch Michelin all-season tires

Exterior Dimensions


181.3 Inches


73.2 Inches


58-58.2 Inches


107.7 Inches

Front Track

63.1 Inches

Rear Track

63 Inches

Curb Weight

4,280-4,658 Pounds

(Data sourced from Polestar)

Specifications And Performance

Black 2024 Polestar 2 front-quarter

The new base rear-wheel drive configuration produces a modest 299 horsepower and 361 pound-feet of torque from a single-permanent-magnet motor. The result is a claimed 5.9-second 0-60 MPH time, but independent tests reveal that the new model is in fact way faster than claimed, with a 5.3-second 0-60 MPH result. The base trim comes standard with front and rear ventilated brake discs and two-piston calipers.

The dual-motor configuration produces 421 horsepower and 546 pound-feet, granting it a 4.3-second 0-60 MPH time. If you specify the Performance package, this increases to 455 horsepower, lowering the claimed acceleration time to 4.0 seconds. All three derivatives feature the same limited 127 MPH top speed. This Performance package also includes Swedish gold Brembo four-piston fixed aluminum front calipers with drilled ventilated discs, a Polestar Engineered performance chassis, and Öhlins Dual Flow Valve manually adjustable dampers with 22 settings.

Performance Specifications



Dual-Motor Performance


Single-Permanent-Magnet Motor

Dual-Permanent-Magnet Motor

Dual-Permanent-Magnet Motor


299 HP

421 HP

455 HP


361 LB-FT

546 LB-FT

546 LB-FT


Single-Speed Direct Drive

Single-Speed Direct Drive

Single-Speed Direct Drive


79 kWh Net

75 kWh Net

75 kWh Net


307-320 Miles

266-276 Miles

247 Miles

Fuel Economy

111-115 MPGe

102-106 MPGe

95 MPGe

0-60 MPH

5.9 Seconds

4.3 Seconds

4.0 Seconds

Top Speed

127 MPH

127 MPH

127 MPH

(Data sourced from Polestar and the EPA)

All Dual-Motor Polestar 2 derivatives feature the same lithium-ion battery pack with 75 kWh of usable energy. The base Polestar 2 introduces the all-new 79 kWh battery. With the standard 19-inch wheels, it is the most efficient model, as it returns a 115 MPGe combined energy consumption result, but this worsens to 111 MPGe if you fit the optional 20-inch wheels. The dual-motor with 19-inch wheels returns a 106 MPGe estimate on the 19-inch wheels and 102 MPGe on 20-inch wheels. The Performance package returns the worst figure, with a 95 MPGe estimate.

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Towing and Payload Capacities

Polestar limits all derivatives to a 2,000-pound towing and 925-pound payload capacity. You have to spend an extra $1,300 on the tow-bar hitch and four-pin connector. This is a semi-electrical tow-bar, which unfolds via a button located in the trunk. You then have to manually lock it into place beneath the rear bumper. There’s a light on the button which indicates the locked status, and a message is shown in the center display if it’s unlocked. A trailer module with the trailer, keeping the driver informed of any issues with the trailer’s indicators, brake lights, or other systems.

Payload Capacity

925 Pounds

Towing Capacity

2,000 Pounds

(Data sourced from Polestar)

Polestar 2 Charging Time And Range

White 2024 Polestar 2 top

The Performance package is the least-efficient model, with a 247-mile estimate from the EPA. The most efficient model is the base rear-wheel drive option, returning a 320-mile estimate. The similar battery capacities mean that all three derivatives are subject to the same charging times.

A Level One household plug replenishes the battery in 72 hours. You can cut this down to eight hours by using a Level Two system rated at 48 amps. The new 205 kW fast charging system recovers the new battery from 10 to 80 percent in 28 minutes when using a Level Three DC fast charging system. Polestar still limits the old battery to 155 kW, so you have to wait 35 minutes for it to charge from 10 to 80 percent.


75-79 kWh Net


247-320 Miles

Level 1 AC 110V Charging time (0-100%)

72 Hours

Level 2 AC 220V Charging time (0-100%)

8 Hours

Level 3 DC 440V Charging time (10-80%)

28-34 Minutes

(Data sourced from Polestar)

The Polestar 2 comes standard with a one-phase AC charging cable, which you can use at home or at public charging points. Polestar doesn’t offer Level Two-rated chargers, so you’ll have to source them from a reputable supplier, which can cost about $200. We also recommend getting a Level Two wallbox for convenience. These usually cost around $800, excluding the cost of installation, which can be $800 to $2,000, depending on your location.

10 Reasons Why The Polestar 2 Is Special

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Interior Technology, Luxury, And Comfort

Best Interior Features Of The 2024 Polestar 2

  • Electrically adjustable and heated front seats
  • 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Sustainable upholstery options
  • Ambient lighting
  • Wireless smartphone charger

Like the exterior, the Polestar takes a minimalist and clinical approach. Key features for the base trim include partially electrically adjustable front seats with lumbar support and heating, ambient lighting, electronic dual-zone climate control with an air quality system, and

CleanZone air filtration.

Standard upholstery consists of vegan WeaveTech and embossed textiles, available in Charcoal or Zinc shades. Animal welfare Nappa leather upholstery costs $4,000, and can only be had in Zinc and Light Ash. The $2,200 Plus pack adds a panoramic glass roof, Black Ash deco inlays for the WeaveTech seats, upgraded ambient lighting, fully electric front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a power-operated tailgate with a foot sensor. Additional interior options include $200 all weather floor mats, a $200 luggage compartment mat, and a $55 first aid kit.


2024 Polestar 2 infotainment

Compared to more recent EVs, the Polestar takes a more conservative approach to digital displays. All cars feature a 12.3-inch portrait touchscreen infotainment system and an 11.2-inch digital instrument cluster powered by Android Automotive OS with navigation, wireless Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. As standard, you get a 250-Watt eight-speaker audio system, but the Plus package upgrades this to a 600-Watt 13-speaker Harman Kardon Premium audio system.

Interior Dimensions




41.3 Inches

37 Inches


42.2 Inches

33.9 Inches

Shoulder Room



Cargo Capacity

1.2 Cu.Ft.

14.3 Cu.Ft.

(Data sourced from Polestar)

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Safety And Reliability

Black 2024 Polestar 2 rear

Like its parent company, Polestar benefits from some of the best standard active and passive safety features. Protective safety measures include a nine-airbag configuration covering the front driver, passenger, and knees, sides, inner-sides, and curtains. Polestar adopts a Boron steel safety cage with mixed-material crumple zones, a collapsible steering column, and other key safety features, earning it an impressive five-star overall safety score from the NHTSA. The IIHS has not crash-tested the Polestar 2 range.

On the reliability front, the Polestar 2 has held up pretty well so far, as there are no active recalls currently listed for the range. J.D. Power grants the model a Fair 64/100 score for quality and reliability.

Driver Assistance Features

Polestar kits the 2 out with a comprehensive advanced driver assistance suite, consisting of 22 unique features if you specify the optional $2,000 Pilot Pack. Base ADAS features include nighttime collision warning, lane keep aid and departure warning, run-off road and oncoming lane mitigation, and driver alert control. You also get rear collision warning and mitigation, cross traffic alert with brake support, blind spot information with steer assist, and post-impact braking.

  • Nighttime collision warning
  • Lane-keeping aid and departure warning
  • Run-off road mitigation
  • Rear collision warning and mitigation
  • Cross traffic alert with brake support
  • Blind spot information with steer assist

The aforementioned Pilot Plus pack adds adaptive cruise control, pilot assist, and a speed limiter.

Euro NCAP Crash Testing

We’ve inserted the Polestar 2 Euro NCAP crash testing merely as a reference, because the IIHS has not tested the range. European safety standards and model specifications are vastly different from the U.S.A’s.

NHTSA 5-Star Safety Ratings

Overall Rating

5 out of 5

Overall Front Crash Rating

5 out of 5

Overall Side Crash Rating

5 out of 5

Rollover Rating

5 out of 5

  • Recalls (NHTSA): 0
  • NHTSA Investigations: 0
  • NHTSA Consumer Complaints: Two complaints relating to the electrical systems and windshield wiper

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Black 2024 Polestar 2 rear-quarter

The Polestar 2 range comes standard with a fairly comprehensive warranty covering 48 months or 50,000 miles. Polestar covers battery-related defects for 96 months or 100,000 miles. Corrosion defects will be resolved within a 12-year period over unlimited miles. You also get complimentary scheduled maintenance within a three-year or 30,000-mile period.



Full Warranty

48 Months/50,000 Miles

Powertrain Warranty

48 Months/50,000 Miles

Maintenance Warranty

36 Months/30,000 Miles

Roadside Warranty

24 Months/Unlimited Miles

Corrosion Warranty

96 Months/Unlimited Miles

Federal Emissions Performance

24 Months/24,000 Miles

Federal Emissions Defect

36 Months/36,000 Miles

Seat Belt And Airbags

120 Months/Unlimited Miles

(Data sourced from Polestar)

2024 Polestar 2 Versus Its Competitors

The Polestar competes in the increasingly competitive midsize EV crossover segment. Its main rivals are undoubtedly the Tesla Model Y and Hyundai Ioniq 5, which are two examples that are currently dominating the popular field.

How The Polestar 2 Compares To The Tesla Model Y

  • 2024 Polestar 2 2024 Tesla Model Y
    Model Polestar 2 Tesla Model Y
    Engine Single- or dual-permanent-magnet motors Single- or dual permanent-magnet motors
    Transmission Single-speed automatic Single-speed automatic
    Horsepower 299-455 HP 295-456 HP
    Torque 361-546 LB-FT 310-487 LB-FT
    Driveline rear- or all-wheel drive Rear- or all-wheel drive
    Range 247-320 miles 260-330 miles
    MSRP $49,900 $43,990
    Fuel Economy 95-115 MPGe 111-123 MPGe
    Charge Time 8 Hours @ 240V 8-10 hours @ 240V
    0-60 MPH 5.9-4.1 seconds 6.6-3.5 seconds

Even with the revised motor configuration and new battery options, the Polestar 2 struggles to put up a convincing fight against the Tesla Model Y. The base model just about bests the American EV’s power output figures, giving it a bit of an edge in the 0-60 MPH acceleration sprint. The top-of-the-range Performance models are also equally matched in power, but the Polestar benefits from much more torque. Despite this, the Model Y still maintains an exemplary 0-60 MPH sprint time.

Range and consumption figures are also within the same region, but the Model Y ultimately bests the Polestar 2 across all trims. It’s able to do all of this while still being around $6,000 cheaper, but the Swedish model does benefit from a slightly higher standard specification level. Its catalog also has more interior and exterior colors and shades, affording it a more unique personality.

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How The Polestar 2 Compares To The Hyundai Ioniq 5

  • 2024 Polestar 2 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5
    Model Polestar 2 Hyundai Ioniq 5
    Engine Single- or dual-permanent-magnet motors Single- or dual-permanent-magnet motors
    Transmission Single-speed automatic Single-speed automatic
    Horsepower 299-455 HP 168-320 HP
    Torque 361-546 LB-FT 258-446 LB-FT
    Driveline rear- or all-wheel drive Rear- or all-wheel drive
    Range 247-320 miles 220-303 miles
    MSRP $49,900 $41,650
    Fuel Economy 95-115 MPGe 99-114 MPGe
    Charge Time 8 Hours @ 240V 6-7 hours @ 240V
    0-60 MPH 5.9-4.1 seconds 7.4-4.5 seconds

Polestar puts up more of a fight against the Hyundai Ioniq 5 on the performance front. Its base rear-wheel drive model outperforms the South Korean competitor with the standard and extended battery packs, resulting in a significantly faster 0-60 MPH time. The Performance derivative, on the other hand, doesn’t quite match the Ioniq 5 N’s intense performance car capabilities.

The Polestar 2 and Ioniq 5 combined energy consumption figures are in the same region, but the Swede’s bigger battery pack options means it covers longer distances on a single charge. The Polestar’s biggest challenge is competing with Hyundai’s pricing, but again, its standard specification list is far more comprehensive.

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How Much The 2024 Polestar 2 Costs

Gold 2024 Polestar 2 front-quarter

The Polestar 2 range starts at $49,990 for the base rear-wheel drive and $55,300 for the all-wheel drive dual-motor option. Polestar adds a $1,400 destination charge to all sales.

Trim Level


Rear-Wheel Drive


All-Wheel Drive


(Pricing sourced from Polestar)


Rear-Wheel Drive

All-Wheel Drive

All-Wheel Drive Performance


307-320 Miles

266-276 MIles

247 Miles


111-115 MPGe

102-106 MPGe

95 MPGe

(Data sourced from the EPA)

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Is It Worth Buying A Polestar 2?

Black 2024 Polestar 2 front-quarter

The Polestar 2 is a worthy option when considering its comprehensive features list, good performance abilities, and attractive interior and exterior designs. Its five-door liftback design also offers great interior packaging with the benefit of an athletic appearance. It’s also one of the safest electric car options currently available.

Unfortunately, its pricing strategy just isn’t aggressive enough to take on the more established models currently fighting in the arena, particularly the Tesla Model Y, but those who end up considering the niche Swede are unlikely to be disappointed.


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