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Polestar Is The Biggest New Kid On The Electric Car Block


The two companies are collaborating to improve the driver experience and debunk the charging myths which block mainstream adoption of electric cars. As a result of the partnership, they are enabling Polestar drivers to focus on the enjoyment of driving an electric car, specifically by making the charging experience even easier than the old way of fueling. The collaboration offers solutions to charge at home, work, around town or on trips, all accessed directly in the Polestar 2 infotainment system.




Polestar is the biggest new kid on the electric car block



Instead, the tastiest aspect of EVs among the American driving public is "in-vehicle technology, seamless connectivity, and infotainment system offerings." That's right, folks, not only are we collectively not doing this for the environment, nor are people drawn to electric cars for their famously instant acceleration, but the biggest appeal is the aspect that car enthusiasts and auto journalists on the internet have mostly derided: those big-ass screens.


If you've never done it before, speeding up in an electric car sort of feels like being slingshotted forward. The car needs to build a bit into the acceleration, but once it does, it's like being yanked forward by the world's biggest rubber band. There's nothing else quite like it.


There's a reasonable amount of legroom in both the front and back and, given that the Model Y has a flat floor, sitting in the middle is pretty comfortable too. That said, if it's rear legroom you're after, you definitely need to take a look at the Hyundai IONIQ 5 or Kia EV6. You'll get 331 miles (WLTP) range from the Tesla Model Y Long Range Dual Motor version, with a 10-80% charge in around 27 minutes at its full 250kW charging speed, charger dependent. Now, boot space. Tesla claims that the boot space in a Tesla Model Y is 854 litres, making it the biggest of all the cars on this list. Kind of. The quoted load capacity is right to the glass of the sloped tailgate, rather than to the parcel shelf like most other cars, since it doesn't have one. The Tesla Model Y entered the UK in a big way in April 2022, positioning itself firmly in the mix as a highly desirable family car. Alongside the smaller Tesla Model 3, it's safe to say the carmaker is comfortably sitting pretty in its position at the forefront of global electric vehicle manufacturing.


When I drove the 2022 Long Range Polestar 2 Single Motor earlier this year, my biggest wish was to try out the dual-motor version to see what this all-electric sedan can really do. I recently got the chance to test out the 2023 Polestar 2, complete with two motors and plenty of design upgrades compared to its 2022 predecessor. Here are my thoughts.


You\u2019ve heard the expression; you get what you pay for. However, that\u2019s not always the case when it comes to EVs. The most-expensive EV option may not be the best. As it turns out, spending a fortune on a luxury EV may not get you the best vehicle as far as performance is concerned. \n\n\n\nSurprisingly, Consumer Reports named two of the most expensive luxury EVs the worst-performing on their road tests. In fact, one reasonably inexpensive model faired much better than at least one veteran EV player, Tesla. Let\u2019s look at which new EV scored better in road tests than two luxury EVs.\n\n\n\nTesla Model X Getty Images\n\n\n\nThe 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 beat out Tesla and Polestar\n\n\n\nThe 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5, with a price tag of $39,950 to $55,000, had an almost perfect score on the Consumer Reports road test. The Ioniq 5 delivers 320 hp thanks to front and rear electric motors, taking you from 0 to 60 in 4.7 seconds. That time is equal to the Tesla Model Y.\u00a0\n\n\n\nAdditionally, the all-wheel drive model has a driving range of 256 miles, while the single-motor, rear-wheel-drive versions with the 77.4-kWh battery have a range of 303 miles. The trade-off is that the larger battery also takes longer to charge. However, the 400-volt and 800-volt architecture allows a maximum of 235-kilowatt charging output when rapid charging at public DC fast-charging venues.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nOne of Consumer Reports\u2019 lowest-scoring EVs is some of the most-expensive EV options\n\n\n\nThe 2022 Tesla Model X has a hefty price tag of $114,990 to $138,990. However, Consumer Reports scored it relatively low in many different areas. It was the lowest-scoring EV on the road test. One of the biggest reasons for the low score is the eight recalls of this model.\u00a0\n\n\n\nOne of the biggest complaints was the new yoke steering wheel. There are no stalks for the wipers, turn signals, or high beams. Drivers have to take their eyes off the road to press buttons on the steering wheel, which creates a dangerous distraction when driving.\n\n\n\nHowever, the large battery gives you a range of 348 miles, and Tesla\u2019s supercharger infrastructure makes traveling long distances more convenient because you don\u2019t have to stop as often. Tesla\u2019s Autopilot feature can also make driving for long periods much more comfortable.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThe Tesla X, one of the most-expensive EV options, tied with the Polestar 2 in the road test\n\n\n\nConsumer Reports also gave the 2022 Polestar 2 a much lower score than the Ioniq 5 on the road test. Considered a more affordable luxury EV at $45,900 to $49,900, it has a few issues that need to be addressed. \n\n\n\nA few of the main complaints were the extremely stiff ride and confusing controls. Additionally, it took more than 10 hours to charge on a 240-volt connection. Getting in and out of the back seat is difficult due to the roofline and narrow door opening. Drivers will notice the plastic center console cuts into the knee room.\u00a0\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\tRelated\n\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\t3 Best Electric Cars Still Eligible for $7,500 EV Tax Credit\t\t\n\t\n\nHowever, the Polestar 2 makes up for some of its shortcomings with an impressive 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. Despite the stiff ride, it does offer quick steering and minimal body roll. Their avoidance-maneuver test, which simulates swerving to avoid obstacles, achieved sports-car level speeds.\u00a0\n\n\n\nDespite being the new kid on the block, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 has garnered car reviewers\u2019 attention. Hyundai has beat the competition on Consumer Reports\u2019 road tests and overall scores despite the affordable price tag.\u00a0\n\n\n","ptime":"2022-06-07T21:18:00","custom_date":"","custom_datedesc":"","author":"name":"Produced by Digital Editors","slug":"digital-editor-team","url":"https:\/\/www.motorbiscuit.com\/author\/digital-editor-team\/","twitter_link":null,"facebook_link":null,"linkedin_link":null,"instagram_link":null,"comment_count":0,"review_schema":" Getty Images The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 beat out Tesla and Polestar The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5, with a price tag of $39,950 to $55,000, had an almost perfect score on the Consumer Reports road test. The Ioniq 5 delivers 320 hp thanks to front and rear electric motors, taking you from 0 to 60 in 4.7 seconds. That time is equal to the Tesla Model Y.\\u00a0 Additionally, the all-wheel drive model has a driving range of 256 miles, while the single-motor, rear-wheel-drive versions with the 77.4-kWh battery have a range of 303 miles. 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