Why did you choose this car?
At the time it was like nothing else out there and the technology in the car was far better than cars £50k more expensive. Also, looks-wise, it’s a real head-turner; the muscle car haunch and block front end with those rear lights 😍😍
It was fast and looked better than a Model 3.
Test drove it out of curiosity with no intention to buy. Was blown away by how much better it was than any comparable ICE car.
Volvo safety systems and Polestar performance.
Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this car?
- Amazing road holding
- Interior quality
- Easy of use
- Google interface
- Towing ability
- Head turning style
- Very low company car costs.
- Interior build quality
- Relative rarity (although they are now more recognised).
- Good for family of 4.
Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this car?
- Range – could be a bit better
- Boot space – fastback style does hinder the load capacity and size of dog crate you can get
- The fact the wife loves driving it too.
- Flaky app
- Slightly firm ride on poor surfaces
- Ventilated seats only with leather trim
- Turning circle not great.
- Efficiency could be better
- App needs more work
- ‘Froot’ could be bigger.
- Alloys easily damaged
- Lots of bugs on car
- App is hopeless.
Surprise us! Tell us something surprising about this car?
With a fully loaded, full-width roof box and 3 adults and 2 dogs, the range isn’t impacted very much.
You can play Space Invaders while it charges!
It will tow a full-sized 1,500kg caravan 130 miles on a single charge.
The 20mph to 60mph acceleration is really very impressive!
It has a hidden curry hook for carrying your takeaway.
It runs native Android and had Google Maps built-in.
What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Wallbox Pulsar Plus – excellent unit, easy reliable app but poor quality cradle.
NewMotion Advanced, pillar box red and 8m tether. Looks good, reasonable cable store but expensive for the poor feature set.
Ohme – it’s simple but effective and can align charging times with cheap rates on certain energy tariffs.
Project EV – 5 year warranty but not easy to upgrade firmware.
Pod Point Solo tethered 7kw charge, it works seamlessly, 3 year warranty and has scheduled charging.
What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Octopus Go – great night rate and day rate, with good customer service.
OVO Drive – great tariff not just for home charging.
Octopus Go – cheap rate allows me to get 27kw at 5p per kw, that is around 100 miles for £1.36.
What public charging networks do you use? Would you recommend them to others and why?
Gridserve, IONITY (with discount card) & Instavolt. All reliable and easy to use.
Osprey – good service and availability. IONITY – super fast and good value with the Polestar PlugSurfing discount. BP pulse membership – simple to operate 7kW posts.
BP Pulse because I received £450 credit with the car. IONITY / Gridserve are excellent and tend to achieve better charging rates although IONITY is awfully expensive 69p per kw (Polestar have a deal that makes it 30p per kw)
Who do you insure your EV with? Would you recommend them to others and why?
Admiral – decent price at vehicle launch.
Admiral MultiCar – much cheaper than others.
Novo – ideal for expensive cars as it provides excellent cover – at a price!