From £139,0008
Price, fuel economy, range and depreciation

Polestar’s desire to challenge the accepted way of doing things has an influence even on the buying process of this car.

It says that it wants each 1 customer to feel like they’re having a curated ownership experience; one made special because it’s mainly defined on their behalf, rather than by them first-hand. It’s a refreshing approach, and the thinking is that there’s no such thing as a base-model 1.

Residuals aren't expected to be as strong as all-electric Porsche Taycan, but giving its owner more than 50% back after four years isn’t shabby.

For £139,000, you well might hope that would have been the case anyway. Even so, every car gets those expensive Öhlins dampers as standard, for example, as well as a full suite of driver assistance systems and a 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins stereo. There’s a palette of five paint colours, each of which comes in either a gloss or matt finish (matt paint is the 1’s only cost option, at £4500) and three no-cost-option choices of wheel design, all 21in in diameter.

Those drawn to the car for its extended zero-emissions range will find that it’s good for most of it in day-to-day use; we averaged 70 miles before running out of battery charge on a couple of tests, also discovering that the car will then proceed in Hybrid mode at just over 40mpg – very impressive for a car of this performance.

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