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    Polestar 2

    The Polestar 2, a tall hatchback from Volvo’s electric vehicle sub-brand, failed to impress with its bone-jarring ride, tight interior, and confusing controls, all of which more than overshadowed the positives of its zippy acceleration and agile handling.
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    Polestar 2 Road Test

    The Polestar 2, a tall hatchback from Volvo’s electric vehicle sub-brand, failed to impress with its bone-jarring ride, tight interior, and confusing controls, all of which more than overshadowed the positives of its zippy acceleration and agile handling. Plus, the Polestar 2’s EPA-rated driving range of 249 miles is less than the much cheaper Chevrolet Bolt, not to mention Tesla models that get more than 300 miles of range. We also found that the range-prediction display was often overly optimistic, which can be disconcerting and lead to range anxiety. It took more than 10 hours to charge on a 240-volt connection.

    Much of the usual EV goodness is present in the Polestar 2, however. The hatchback scoots off the line when you tromp on the accelerator pedal, sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, which is admirable for any vehicle. Dual front and rear motors give it the assurance of all-wheel-drive traction. A less expensive, single-motor, front -wheel-drive version is also available with an EPA-rated range of 270 miles .

    Handling is impressive, thanks to quick steering and limited body roll. It achieved near sports-car levels of speed through our avoidance-maneuver test, which simulates swerving quickly to avoid a vehicle or obstacle on the road—and that’s in spite of the extremely limited feedback the steering delivers to the driver. The stiff and choppy ride is one of the Polestar’s worst aspects, however, with bumps striking through into the cabin even on relatively smooth highways. Although it achieved impressively short stopping distances at our test track, the brake pedal can feel grabby or touchy just as you’re about to come to a stop.

    Best Version to Get
    Anyone who is interested in the Polestar 2 should wait until Volvo works out the bugs. The newly added less expensive version—with a single motor—might be more palatable.
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