New Polestar 2 Dual Motor Performance Pack 2024 review: flagship model packs a punch

Updates have failed to cure the Polestar 2 of its firm ride, but the Long Range Dual Motor Performance Pack model is quick and great to drive

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    In short, no. Those dampers are adjustable, but you’ll need a special set of tools to tweak them – not to mention somewhere safe to take the back wheels off while you do so. With the set-up the car was delivered in, we noticed no tangible difference to ride quality; this is still a car that treads a line just the wrong side of what we’d consider acceptable for UK roads.

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      And that’s a shame, because otherwise, the Polestar 2 remains a solid all-round package. Exquisitely crafted inside and out, with a pared-back but intuitive, crisp and responsive Google-based infotainment system, it punches well above its weight when it comes to kit and quality.

      Space inside is on par with rivals like the BMW i4 M50 and (now discontinued) Tesla Model 3 Performance, and the hatchback boot opens to reveal a decent boot. That practicality is further aided by a solid 367-mile range which, although largely moot in real-world terms, should allow for relatively long stints at the wheel without worry. Super-fast 205kW charging offers up a 10-80 per cent charge in 28 minutes.

      Back to those Performance Pack upgrades, where the software upgrade ensures this Polestar 2 is no slouch. The throttle calibration is bang on; easy to modulate, yet pin sharp when you want it to be. Floor the right pedal and the car will rocket towards the horizon; 0-62mph takes 4.2 seconds, but we’d not argue if someone said it was even faster than that.

      We found the forceful regenerative braking system (which can be turned off, admittedly) worked really well, too, shaving speed sufficiently to allow for true one-pedal driving. We even rather liked it during faster A and B-road driving, it slows the car for corners without the driver needing to touch the conventional friction brakes.

      Of course, the minor visual changes applied to the more affordable Single and Dual Motor models also apply here. Hardly extensive, they include a new blanked-off ‘SmartZone’ grille and, well, that’s pretty much it. 

      The new wheel designs found on lesser versions don’t feature; the Performance Pack gets its own unique 20-inch design, unchanged from the pre-facelift car. While admittedly difficult to photograph in bright sunshine, our car looked magnificent in ‘Space’ black with the contrasting ‘Zinc’ interior.

      Polestar’s sustainability message is a strong one and goes much further than a smattering of recycled materials or some vegan leather alternative. Indeed, the company confirmed earlier this year that its CO2 emissions per car are eight per cent lower now than they were in 2021. If this sort of thing matters to you, there are few automotive businesses working as hard to lessen their environmental impact.

      Model: Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Motor Performance Pack
      Price: £57,950 (Polestar 2 from £44,950 / £68,850 as tested)
      Powertrain: 82kWh battery, 2x e-motors
      Power/torque 469bhp/740Nm
      Transmission: Single-speed auto, four-wheel drive
      0-62mph: 4.2 seconds
      Top speed: 127mph
      Range/charging: 367 miles/205kW, 10-80% in 28 mins
      Length/width/height: 4,606/1,859/1,473mm
      On sale: Now

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