What is it?
It’s a simple proposition for this car – the cheapest way into Polestar ownership. Step forward the 2 Standard Range Single Motor model. Not for Polestar some overly complicated nomenclature: to borrow from a famous ad strapline, it does exactly what it says on the tin. It also allows Polestar an additional way to chop into cars like the Tesla Model 3 and Audi Q4 E-tron.
By launching this one, Polestar has taken the number of variants of the 2 to… er... three - this plus the Long Range Single Motor and the Long Range Dual Motor. The battery is still a floor-mounted set-up, but rather than the Dual Motor’s 78kWh, the Standard Range gets 64kWh, equating to a respectable 273 miles.
If range is your thing, the Long Range Single Motor offers up to 335 miles on a charge.
Still, with a 221bhp electric motor powering the front wheels, our test car is capable of 0-62mph in an okay 7.4sec, aided in no small part by the diet this version has been on. It’s a handy 173kg lighter than the Dual Motor.
Exterior differences are minimal, save for the small letters on the sill by the door. So that means you still get one of the most handsome electric cars on the market, with a minimalist interior to boot. Polestar’s ‘vegan as standard’ philosophy carries on here, although the cloth seats (‘embossed textile upholstery’ in marketing speak) have been given a new design and there’s new 3D-etched panelling. Both look smart.