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Review: The all-electric Polestar 2 combines Swedish style with sustainability, safety and performance

The Scandi art of balanced living is perfectly expressed by the new Polestar 2 — but how does it compare to Tesla’s Model 3 and the BMW i4?

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The five-seat, five-door Polestar 2 is sold entirely online

The five-seat, five-door Polestar 2 is sold entirely online

A 'vegan interior' is standard in the Polestar 2.

A 'vegan interior' is standard in the Polestar 2.

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The five-seat, five-door Polestar 2 is sold entirely online

Television may portray Sweden as a bleak nation in perpetual darkness but, from Abba to Ikea, we can’t get enough of all things Swedish. Eager to be added to the illustrious list of Swedish success stories is Polestar, an all-electric performance car maker. Spawned from Volvo and the Chinese company Geely, the maker’s first fully electric volume model, the Polestar 2, is our test car this week.

While new to Ireland, Polestar launched back in 2017 with a low-volume electric performance hybrid GT that sold in only a handful of markets worldwide. Next month will see the Polestar 3, an SUV, arriving in Ireland, followed by a smaller SUV in 2023. Globally, they plan to sell 290,000 cars in 2025 – 10 times more than they sold last year.


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