Ian Pavelko (aka the Mad Hungarian) was roaming round in his Tesla Model 3 Performance which he calls ‘MAGNETO’ when he acquired an opportunity to take a look at the brand new Polestar 2 EV — dubbed broadly within the media as (one more) Tesla killer.
How did Pavelko get this alternative to take a look at the Polestar 2? Matt St-Pierre, an automotive journalist at Motor Illustrated, known as Ian to alert him that he’s getting his fingers on a Polestar 2 with a view to carry out an extensive review. Afterwards, St-Pierre introduced the Polestar 2 to Pavelko’s workplace in Vaudreuil-Dorion QC, simply exterior of Montreal.
Pavelko is a well-known Tesla neighborhood member and one of many earliest Model 3 house owners in Canada. He is additionally co-host of the favored Tesla Owners Online podcast. He takes his ‘MAGNETO’ Mannequin 3 on all types of adventures — testing new wheels, pushing top speeds, traveling across Canada, and snow rallying at night.
The Polestar 2 seen in Pavelko’s images (alongside along with his Mannequin 3) occurs to be the corporate’s top-of-the-line efficiency variant. To my eyes, particularly the head-to-head shot of the Polestar 2 and Tesla Mannequin 3, it is evident that Mannequin 3 is way extra aerodynamic (and curvy). In the meantime, the Polestar 2 has a way more boxy look.
Maybe Polestar 2’s aerodynamics is perhaps one of many causes it obtained a far decrease vary ranking of simply 233 miles from the EPA. That’s 120 miles much less than the Tesla Mannequin 3 Lengthy Vary AWD’s 353 miles of estimated vary now with its newest “refresh” replace just lately launched. Contemplating the Mannequin 3’s substantial vary benefit coupled with its far-reaching Supercharger community and the “highway journey” edge positively seems to tilt in the direction of Tesla.
In any occasion, Pavelko relayed to me his private expertise (albeit restricted) with the Polestar 2 — take a look at his ideas under.
This automotive positively has a heftier/extra stable really feel to it, and that comes throughout in each the constructive and unfavorable sense of the phrase. You’ll be able to positively admire how bank-vault just like the doorways are while you shut them.
They’ve executed a very good job isolating highway noise and offering a cushty journey regardless of the 20″ low-profile efficiency tires, which after all I believe Tesla has managed fairly properly too.
The inside is, after all, rather more conventional than that of the Tesla Mannequin 3 however nonetheless has a very good dimension multi-function heart display screen with speedy response — so it’s a pleasant mix of previous and new worlds.
It positively appears to be like/feels a bit of extra upmarket inside than the three. Though now that I’ve grown so accustomed to the elegant simplicity of the three’s format I also can say as fairly as it’s — the Polestar’s inside (and nearly every part else on the highway lately) now strikes me as a bit busy.
The Polestar Efficiency bundle does provide the very good capability to regulate the damper settings, an enormous plus even when it must be executed manually from the underside in entrance and contained in the trunk within the rear of the automotive.
It appears to have a very good, secure grip however it isn’t anyplace [near] as nimble or agile feeling as Mannequin 3. For those who like that conventional hewn-from-stone, secure Volvo really feel you’ll find it irresistible. Personally, I desire the sports-car-like quickness that the three has which belies it weight it in all however the slowest, tightest maneuvers.
Solely factor I’m actually jealous of? These efficiency bundle brakes. Even with all of the latest mods I did to mine to enhance pedal really feel… the Polestar ones really feel rather more stable… [capable of] some critical monitor work.
Personally, there’s nearly nothing else on the highway that may pry me out of [my Tesla Model 3] MAGNETO. However the Polestar 2 could be very spectacular… Total I believe it’s a improbable addition to the EV area that can assist broaden [EV] enchantment and usher in some new consumers. In that regard alone it’s a win.