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Polestar 2 vs. Tesla Model 3

Now that the Polestar 2 has been revealed, we can get down to spec-spreadsheeting and feature-counting.

The CMA-underpinned Polestar 2 specs: 78 kWh option yields 275 miles, 0-60 in 4.7 sec, charge rate of 150 kW, with third-party charging network.

It will be available via Volvo’s novel Care by Volvo subscription, or by a normal purchase, meaning the usual careful blend of dealer haggling, hair pulling frustration, and hidden contract gotchas.

  • 11.0-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen
  • two motors, one per axle
  • native Android Auto operating system
  • smartphone can function as the key, unlocking and starting the vehicle

For comparison against the Tesla Model 3 — Polestar is aiming for the Model 3, no question — we bring you Model 3 specs…

Tesla Model 3: The Competitor

Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD 75 kWh gives 310 miles, 0-60 in 4.5 sec, charge rate of 250 kW, with proprietary charging network. Real-world cost is $49,900. That’s for the Long Range variant, which is the closest to this Polestar. A no-options 3 will set you back $36,200.

In Mid- and Long-Range variants, among other niceties you’ll find

  • heated front seats with 12-way adjustability
  • a tinted glass roof
  • navigation with real-time traffic updates
  • four USB ports, and docking stations for two smartphones

Tesla interiors have traditionally been panned for their lack of luxurious materials and design, and the Model 3 is no different, Car & Driver noting it has “… an interior that seems cheap and unembellished…”

Prices and Availability

Forget “launch editions” and all that nonsense. After the dust settles, the Polestar has an edge on price, plus it’s a 5-door hatch, not a sedan (yet not quite a wagon), so the utility of the Polestar 2 is greater than that of the Model 3.

At time of writing, both are unavailable for immediate delivery. However this is where Tesla has an advantage: the Model 3 is — and has been — in production and customers are taking delivery of their new cars. Polestar, on the other hand… whoo boy:

Production begins in early 2020 with deliveries to follow thereafter.

That’s an eternity in a new car shopper’s world. In fact, take all this comparison info with a grain of salt because the Tesla’s features and price can and probably will change in that time.

The $7500 Tax Credit

Here’s what the Polestar has the Tesla doesn’t, and it could tip the scales in favor of the Polestar: a $7500 tax credit.

In the US, the tax credits given to electrics and hybrid-electrics are given out on a per-manufacturer basis. Teslas’ allotment has just run out, while Polestar’s hasn’t even started. So this is a huge advantage for Polestar.

Real-world cost in the US will be right around $40,000.

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