Volvo’s Polestar 2, which has been dubbed as a potential competitor to the best-selling Tesla Model 3, was recently unveiled. Here is a comparison of the vehicles in terms of their performance, features, batteries, and price.
Performance and Features
The Polestar 2 is equipped with dual motors that produce 408 hp, which allow the car to go from 0-60 mph in under 5 seconds. It is also an electric vehicle that features a deep integration with Google’s Android ecosystem, with its interior being dominated by an 11″ touchscreen that is loaded to the brim with familiar apps like Google Maps and Google Play Music. The Polestar 2 even has Google Assistant, which is arguably one of the most robust voice assistants in the market today, rivaling Apple’s Siri and Samsung’s Bixby.
The Model 3 features Tesla’s trademark performance and tech. The Model 3 Performance, which is in the same price category as the Polestar 2 Launch Edition (the first version of the car that will enter production), is equipped with dual motors that produce 450 hp, allowing the vehicle to sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds. The Model 3 also features Tesla’s custom tech for its electric cars, which include features such as Autopilot. The vehicle also receives regular, free over-the-air software updates, which improve the vehicle and add features such as the recently-released Sentry Mode and Dog Mode.
Batteries and Range
The Polestar 2 is equipped with a sizable 78 kWh battery pack comprised of cells from LG Chem, which the company expects will give the fastback a range of 275 miles per charge. This figure is lower than the estimates of Polestar COO Jonathan Goodman last year, when he mentioned to Autocar at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed that the Polestar 2 will have a range of around 350 miles per charge.
In comparison, the Long Range Tesla Model 3 is equipped with a ~75 kWh battery pack made of cells produced in Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 in Nevada. Despite having a smaller battery than the Polestar 2, the Long Range Model 3 features more range at 310 miles per charge. Tesla’s Mid Range Model 3, which is speculated to be equipped with a 62 kWh battery, features a range of 264 miles per charge.
At a price between $45,000 for the base version and $68,000 for the fully-loaded top-tier variant, the Polestar 2 is a pretty solid option in the electric vehicle market. The Polestar 2 “Launch Edition,” which costs $63,000 and is expected to be produced first, is priced comparably with the Model 3 Performance, providing would-be electric car buyers who do not wish to purchase a Tesla a good alternative.
Tesla has been able to bring the price of the Model 3 down over the past few months. Currently, Tesla sells the vehicle’s most affordable variant, the Mid Range Model 3, for $42,900 before savings. The Long Range Dual Motor AWD Model 3 sells for $49,900 before savings, and the top-tier Model 3 Performance costs $60,900 before savings. Buyers who opt to purchase Enhanced Autopilot can order the driver-assist system for $5,000.
Ultimately, it should be noted that the Polestar 2 is something more than a competitor for the Model 3. It is a well-rounded vehicle produced by an experienced carmaker that is unashamedly electric; and thus, it is more of a threat to gasoline-powered cars than it is to other EVs on the market. With vehicles such as the Model 3 and the Polestar 2, it might be only a matter of time before the era of high-performance sedans such as the BMW M3 and the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S comes to an end.