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POLESTAR 3 ESTATE

360kW 111kWh Long Range DM Plus Pilot 5dr Auto

Review from Cars & Driving

Polestar is evolving. And proof of that comes with the Polestar 3. It's a large SUV, the company's first, and of course is fully electric, with a sporty vibe that pitches it directly against rivals like BMW's iX and Jaguar's I-PACE. The brand sees it as 'the luxury SUV for the electric age'. Maybe so.

  • Performance
    8
  • Handling
    8
  • Comfort
    8
  • Space
    7
  • Styling
    7
  • Build
    8
  • Value
    6
  • Equipment
    8
  • Economy
    7
  • Depreciation
    6
  • Insurance
    6

Background

It's been astonishing just how quickly the Polestar brand has grown, effectively on the back of just one model, the Polestar 2. Particularly as that car wasn't even (overtly anyway) part of the SUV genre that's most quickly driving sales in the market at present. The Polestar 3 very much is, this high-end large luxury EV evolving the company's design identity and, according to the marque's CEO Thomas Ingenlath, here to bring the 'sport' back to this class of SUV. It sits on much more substantial underpinnings than the Polestar 2, using a freshly developed SPA2 platform also designed to underpin future models. And is built in China and (for Europe) at Volvo's US factory in Ridgeville, South Carolina to sell in thirty global markets.

Driving Experience

'This is not a car to drive to the kindergarten', says Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath, which seems ironic since that's exactly what an awful lot of Polestar 3s will be used for. The point he's trying to make is that this should be considered amongst more engaging large crossover EVs; think more BMW iX and Jaguar I-PACE than Mercedes EQC or Audi e-tron. The power outputs are tuned to fit with this emphasis on handling engagement. There's a dual motor AWD set-up of course and in the base 'Long Range' version, that produces 489hp and 840Nm of torque, allowing 62mph to be dispatched in 5.0s on the way to 130mph. The 'Performance' version has a 517hp output (with 910Nm of torque) and trims the sprint time to 4.7s. Both variants use the same 111kWh (107kWh usable) battery, delivering a range of 379 miles for the 'Long Range' and 348 miles for the 'Performance' model. The 'Performance' version should feel sharper through the turns, sitting 13mm lower than the standard car, with a shorter, stiffer suspension set-up. Whatever your choice though, the brand claims the car will be 'fun to drive': Chief Engineer Joakim Rydholm asserts that 'the 3 will breathe and flow a bit more than the Polestar 2'.

Design and Build

This is a different kind of Polestar to anything we've seen before, though certain styling cues remain, like the Y-shaped 'Thor's Hammer' LED headlights, the full-width rear light bar and the chunky side cladding. There's a rakish silhouette with a panoramic glass roof panel that curves gently towards the back, passing beneath a prominent rear spoiler. There are air- channelling vents at the leading edge of the bonnet and substantial rear haunches, with flush-fitting door handles offering a finishing touch. Size-wise, think BMW iX, Mercedes EQC or Audi e-tron, so it's a large category SUV. Which means that more luxury and technology is expected inside up-front, where things are dominated by a huge central screen that uses Google's latest Android Automotive OS operating system. Industry-leading connectivity features are claimed with this. That panoramic roof gives the cabin an airy feel - which isn't illusory. Unlike in the Polestar 2, there's plenty of space on the back seat, where there's a fully flat floor courtesy of the next-generation Volvo/Polestar SPA2 EV architecture. You get a decently-sized 484-litre boot too, extendable to 1,411-litres with the backrest folded.

Market and Model

Prices start with the 'Long Range' model at around £80,000. You'll need around £85,500 for the alternative 'Performance' version. Most customers though, as usual with EVs, will acquire ownership under leasing or PCP schemes. Visually, the two variants look much the same, though the 'Performance' is distinguished by a lower ride height and larger 22-inch wheels (up from the 21-inch rims of the 'Long Range'). We should also brief you on the manner in which you'll need to buy or lease this car, since Polestar doesn't use conventional dealerships. The closest the brand gets to this kind of thing is what it calls 'Polestar Spaces' - basically automotive department stores in shopping centres. Currently, there are only four of those - at Westfield and Battersea in London, at The Trafford shopping Centre in Manchester and at The Touchwood shopping centre in Solihull. Plus Polestar has a Test Drive Hub in Milton Keynes. And engages in short term 'pop-up' shopping spaces at malls around the country. The primary idea though is that you should place your order online via the British section of the Polestar.com website. Then connect into the brand as and when you need to - they'll come to you when your car needs servicing, three years cover for which is included in the price.

Cost of Ownership

We gave you the EV driving range figures in our 'Driving' section - 379 miles for the 'Long Range' version and 349 miles for the 'Performance' variant. Polestar says that the 111kWh battery pack (107kWh usable) has an operating voltage of around 800 volts. When plugged into an Ultra-fast charger (if you can find one), it should take around 20 minutes to charge the battery to 80%. But you'll probably be using a range of different public chargers, so Polestar has developed a multi-high-speed charging system that allows switching between 800 volt and 400 volt outputs. Public charging of course is currently the biggest EV issue, particularly for UK customers who are getting frustrated with our nation's patchy public charging infrastructure. Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath says he's "impatient and annoyed" that European nations like Britain are still struggling with basics like this. "Access to electricity should be open to all", he says. "There needs to be a universal system". We wouldn't argue with that but the reality is that there isn't. And, unlike rival Tesla, Polestar doesn't have its own-brand network of charging stations to take up the slack. Polestar has developed this and other future EVs with bi-directional vehicle-to-grid compatibility, which allows the Polestar 3 to power home appliances, electronics and even top up other EVs using the energy stored in its battery pack. The power output for bi-directional charging is set at 20kW.

Summary

Polestar says the 3 'stays true' to the brand's performance roots. It certainly stays true to the kind of formula likely to be well received in the growing sector for stylised large luxury crossover EVs. It doesn't bring anything dramatically new to the segment, but it does further refine what customers can expect from this class of car in terms of range, style, charging and connectivity. This and the other models that share its SPA2 engineering will be key to Polestar's plans to increase sales to 290,000 units by the end of 2025. An astonishing rate of growth given that the marque shifted only 29,000 units as recently as 2021. Polestar though, is likely to continue to surprise us. Cars like this guarantee it.

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Standard Equipment

Technical Data

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Paintwork

Trim

Wheels

Driver Convenience

  • 12 Ultrasonic sensors
  • 14.5" Active TFT crystal driver's information display
  • 9" Central stack display
  • Advanced Collision Avoidance Intersections
  • Blind spot information system with steer assist (BLIS)
  • Cross traffic alert (CTA) with brake support
  • Drive settings
  • Driver alert control
  • Emergency call service
  • Forward collision warning
  • Intelligent speed assistant
  • Lane keeping aid with steering support
  • Map adapted ACC (Adaptive cruise control)
  • Over the air (OTA) updates for lifetime of the vehicle
  • PAS
  • Power operated tailgate with hands-free opening
  • Speed limiter
  • Wireless phone charger

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • Active air suspension
  • Charging cable per market spec x1

Entertainment

  • 2 USB-C connectors front
  • 2 USB-C connectors rear
  • Bowers and Wilkins premium sound system
  • Digital radio DAB+
  • Infotainment powered by Android including Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google Play Store
  • Polestar Connect

Exterior Features

  • 3rd brake light
  • Aerodynamic features
  • Approach lighting
  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Daytime running lights
  • Flush glazing and handles
  • Frameless electric side mirrors with Auto dim and heating
  • Full LED rear light bar
  • Heated wiper blades
  • IR windscreen
  • Laminated acoustic lower rear windscreen
  • Light sequence welcome/good bye
  • Panoramic glass roof with projected logo
  • Privacy glass
  • Rain sensors front and rear
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Rear wiper

Interior Features

  • 12V power socket in luggage area
  • 2 Front cupholders
  • 2 rear cupholders
  • 3 rear head restraints
  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • 3 zone electronic climate control
  • Air quality - Advanced cabin senor and filter
  • Cleanzone with pre ventilation + multifilter
  • Climate timers
  • Electric 4-way lumbar support front seats with profile memory and easy ingress/egress
  • Front head restraints
  • Front storage compartment
  • Heat pump
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Interior illumination with LED Light line IP and door sides
  • ISOFIX x 2 rear seats
  • Lid-in-lid bag holder in rear luggage compartment
  • Massage seats
  • One pedal drive (regenerative braking), adjustable
  • Power operated steering column with profilememory
  • Rear luggage space functions
  • Rear seat 40/60 split with ski hatch
  • Single passenger seat
  • Soft close doors
  • Steering wheel touch buttons

Packs

  • Pilot pack - Polestar 3

Passive Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • 4-Piston brembo brakes
  • Alcolock preparation
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Collision avoidance and mitigation by braking and steering
  • Connected safety with slippery road alert and hazard light alert
  • Direct tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Driver and front passenger airbags
  • Dual curtain airbags
  • Dual inner side airbags
  • Dual Side airbags
  • First aid kit
  • Front and outer rear seatbelt reminder and pretensioners
  • Passenger airbag cut-off switch
  • Post-impact Braking
  • Rear collision warning and mitigation (RCWM)
  • Road sign information display
  • Run off road mitigation and protection
  • Safety assistance
  • True torque vectoring with dual clutch
  • Warning triangle

Security

  • Acoustic vehicle alert system (AVAS)
  • Alarm inclination sensor
  • Alarm with interior alarm motion sensor
  • Remote frequency key and NFC card

Wheels

  • Staggered wheels and tyres
  • Tyre repair kit

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    111
  • Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Charge Time (Mins)
    660
  • Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Percentage Change
    0-100
  • Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Power Supply - kW
    11
  • Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Power Supply - kW
    250
  • Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Charge Time (Mins)
    30
  • Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Percentage Change
    10-80
  • Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Charge Time (Mins)
    Not Available
  • Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Percentage Change
    Not Available
  • Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Power Supply - kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Charge Time (Mins)
    Not Available
  • Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Percentage Change
    Not Available
  • Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Power Supply - kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Charging Port Location
    Left Side Rear
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    8
  • Usable Battery Capacity
    107
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb
    610
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb
    380

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2 (g/km)
    0
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    Not Available
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    Not Available

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    Not Available
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Not Available
  • CC
    1
  • Compression Ratio
    Not Available
  • Cylinder Layout
    Not Available
  • Cylinders
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    Not Available
  • Engine Code
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    Not Available
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    Not Available
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Not Available
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    Not Available

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    0.0
  • Badge Power
    489
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    111kWh LR DM Plus Pilot
  • Coin Series
    Not Available
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    18600
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    5
  • Engine Power - BHP
    489
  • Engine Power - KW
    360
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    620
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    85.7
  • Engine Torque - NM
    840
  • Top Speed
    130

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    N/A

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    265/45 R21
  • Tyre Size Rear
    295/40 R21
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    5 V SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    21" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1627
  • Length
    4900
  • Wheelbase
    2985
  • Width
    1968
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2120

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    Not Available
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    3080
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1411
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    484
  • Max. Loading Weight
    496
  • Max. Roof Load
    100
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    2584
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.8

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Lewis Higginson

"First time using Silverstone Fleet Management & would recommend them to everyone. Tom & Michelle were excellent. Both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Always keeping me up to date & nothing was too much of an ask. Couldn't be happier with my car & look forward to using Silverstone Fleet Management in the future."

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"Customer service, communication and updates about my car have been fantastic. Nothing is too much trouble and whilst my car was delayed due to manufacturing issues, I was updated constantly and had a great car inbetween. Worth the wait, I finally have my A250e AMG!!!!! Thanks Silverstone, highly recommended."

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"Tom Bailey and the team at Silverstone Fleet Management went above and beyond when I was looking for my next vehicle. Despite being extremely picky, Tom was patient and resourceful to help me find the perfect car. The hand over process managed by Michelle and others was also extremely smooth. Thanks SFM!"

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Top Speed130mph
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