Polestar 2 vs. Tesla Mannequin 3: How do these EVs stack up?

Polestar 2 vs. Tesla Mannequin 3: How do these EVs stack up?

The Polestar 2 arrives within the US this summer time.


Although many automakers have launched automobiles that type of compete with the all-important Tesla Mannequin 3, none of them have precisely matched that automotive’s method. The Polestar 2, nevertheless — a completely electrical four-door from Volvo’s spinoff model — has Tesla’s child squarely in its sights.

However Tesla is not the one automaker that must be frightened concerning the new child on the block. With its just lately introduced $59,900 beginning worth, 275-mile vary and slick, Google-based infotainment system, the Polestar 2 brings so much to the desk.

The competitors

The Tesla Mannequin 3 has been king of the midrange electrical autos just about since Tesla discovered how you can construct them en masse. There have been others which have sought to take the Mannequin 3’s crown, however none have offered with the identical form of vigor nor pushed the envelope fairly so far as Tesla’s folks’s automotive.

Other than the Tesla, the Polestar 2 can have fairly shut competitors from the Audi E-Tron SUV. Audi’s extra purposeful hatchback does come at a little bit of a worth premium, although, at $74,800 to begin earlier than incentives.

The subsequent viable competitor for the Polestar 2 can be Jaguar’s I-Tempo SUV. In some methods, it is superior to the Tesla however in others — most notably gross sales — it lags fairly far behind. It is nonetheless a essentially strong automotive for the category and presents as a fun-to-drive and nice-to-be-in package deal for the bottom mannequin’s $69,850 asking worth.

Mercedes-Benz’ forthcoming EQC electrical sport utility car is not out there but, however we have spent a while in it and have all of its specs useful, so we expect it might put up a superb battle towards the electrical Swede. The EQC packs all the issues we like about trendy Benzes into a comparatively staid-looking physique and gives first rate (if not class-leading) efficiency.

The powertrain

The Polestar 2 is not messing round with any bizarre motor or battery layouts. It is packing two electrical motors that produce a mixed 408 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque, and a 78-kilowatt-hour battery pack that as a structural a part of the car’s flooring. Polestar is concentrating on a car vary of round 275 miles below US testing.

Audi’s bigger E-Tron has a 95-kWh battery, with 402 hp on supply. Audi even gives a tow package deal for its E-Tron, which makes the SUV able to pulling a 4,000-pound load behind it. Disappointingly, although, regardless of the massive battery, the E-Tron is barely rated for 204 miles on a single cost.

The Tesla Mannequin 3, by comparability, is out there in a bunch of various vary and efficiency variants however the one that the majority carefully matches the Polestar 2’s worth is the all-wheel drive, long-range mannequin which, when optioned comparatively, sits at round $56,900 earlier than any incentives. The AWD Mannequin 3’s twin motors put out round 350 horsepower mixed and the automotive’s 75-kWh battery gives 322 miles of vary.

Jaguar’s I-Tempo lags behind the Polestar and simply ekes out the Tesla when it comes to energy, with 394 electrical ponies on faucet and a really sturdy 512 pound-feet of torque out there. The place it actually suffers is within the vary division. The Jag is barely good for round 234 miles regardless of packing a 90-kWh battery.

Mercedes’ EQC is arguably the highest-performance mannequin in our group with a pair of motors delivering 402 horsepower and 564 pound-feet of torque. That efficiency comes with a worth, although, and we’re not speaking cash. Mercedes estimates that the EQC can have an EPA vary of round 200 miles, which places it squarely in the back of the pack, regardless of having an 80-kWh battery.

The tech

Infotainment and driver interfaces have gotten more and more advanced and more and more essential in at present’s automotive market. Conventional gauges are going the way in which of the dodo chook and are being changed by screens of ever-increasing measurement and totally different placements. The Mannequin 3’s huge middle display has been polarizing because the automotive’s introduction, whereas the Jaguar’s sprint is extra conventional. How do these evaluate to the Polestar and the Mercedes?

The Polestar 2’s infotainment system relies round Google’s Android platform to a level that the automotive world hasn’t seen earlier than. The system will run on a vertically oriented 11-inch touchscreen with a separate digital driver instrument binnacle. And sure, regardless of all the Google Android mechanicals, this technique will nonetheless play good with Apple CarPlay.

Audi’s E-Tron makes use of the identical MMI Contact tech we have seen within the model’s different merchandise, and that is a superb factor. The system is tremendous simple to make use of, with colourful tiles on its dwelling display and fast responses to inputs. CarPlay, Android Auto and a Wi-Fi hotspot are all enabled, as is handwriting recognition by MMI’s secondary display beneath the primary show. Do not forget, Audi’s always-great Digital Cockpit is right here, too. All of the screens!

The Jaguar’s Contact Professional Duo system is much like what you’d discover in different Jags in addition to the Vary Rover Velar. It is sluggish to answer instructions and takes without end to modify between screens. It is not a horrible wanting system, however it’s in all probability the worst of this bunch.

The Mercedes EQC might not be on sale within the US but, however it’s infotainment system certain is. The EQC will run a model of MBUX which we have already skilled within the new A-Class in addition to the brand new G-Class. It is easy to make use of, comparatively snappy and appears tremendous futuristic due to the large dash-spanning display. We’re not fully certain what particular tweaks, if any, MBZ will make for its EV, however MBUX will get a thumbs up from us.

Lastly, we come to Tesla’s Mannequin Three and its huge landscape-oriented middle display. The inside of the Mannequin Three is fairly spartan, having ditched all bodily controls that are not required by regulation. Some folks have a tough time adjusting to doing every little thing with the middle display, however we discovered ourselves adapting shortly to it and, to Tesla’s credit score, the system is clean, clear and fast to answer inputs. Tesla’s music participant is form of crappy, however the remainder of the system units a excessive bar for the trade.

The conclusion

Given what we all know to this point concerning the Polestar 2, it is wanting like it should characterize first rate worth for cash within the face of stiff competitors. All of Polestar’s distinctive design touches mixed with the tremendous distinctive (and we’re certain polarizing) styling might assist carve it a distinct segment in an more and more crowded market.

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First revealed on Feb. 27, 2019.

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