Auto123 evaluations the Polestar 1, Volvo’s enigmatic new plug-in-hybrid efficiency automobile.
The Polestar title stays an intrigue for a lot of motorists. But Volvo fanatics are absolutely aware of the title. Polestar has been Volvo’s efficiency division for years and has now achieved model standing as an organization devoted to producing partially or absolutely electrical fashions. Within the custom of the Swedish automaker’s penchant for restraint and sobriety, don’t waste your time on the lookout for the Volvo emblem on the automobile, and even the Polestar title. No, your Polestar 1 shall be nameless on the street, save for the Polestar emblem.
Nor must you waste effort on the lookout for a Polestar dealership in your neighborhood. There’ll solely be three Polestar shops in Canada: one in Montreal, one in Toronto and one in Vancouver. To feed the few retailers, solely 500 Polestar 1s shall be constructed yearly for all markets over the following three years. Of these, solely twelve will head to Canada (150 are labeled for america). The Polestar 2 will arrive subsequent spring, adopted by the Polestar 3.
Uncover Shopicar! All new makes and fashions and all present promotions.
Gasoline and electrical energy
The Polestar 1 is a plug-in hybrid mannequin succesful, in keeping with the producer, of driving 125 km in pure electrical mode. Throughout our take a look at drive, we did 119 in freeway mode, which is superb, and undoubtedly shut sufficient to not make a liar out of the automaker.
Energy comes from the identical 2.0L 4-cylinder engine present in Volvo’s present T6 variations. By itself, it’s good for 309 hp. As well as, there are two 85-kW electrical motors within the rear. The mixed output of the 2 engines is 232 hp, plus you need to consider 71 hp from the starter-alternator; all of it quantities to a decidedly spectacular 619 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque.
Energy comes by way of an 8-speed automated transmission, and also you get no fewer than 5 drive modes, together with EV in addition to 4WD, Particular person, Sport and Hybrid modes. Hybrid is the default mode, which is smart as a result of it is the optimum mode for on a regular basis driving, and that is speculated to be a inexperienced car, in spite of everything.
The beautiful form of the automobile, based mostly on the coupe idea courting again to 2013, is product of carbon fibre panels, which explains partially its eye-watering price ticket of $200,000 CAD. However do not assume from that the automobile is mild; the Polestar 1 weighs 2,350 kg. Nevertheless, the Chinese language-Swedish model known as upon its finest folks to present this automobile some actual chew. It can, consequently, take you barely Four seconds to go from zero to 100 km/h, and because of the Ohlins suspension, 21-inch Pirelli tires and six-piston Akebono brakes, the Polestar 1 accelerates and brakes like a real sports activities automobile.
All that is lacking is an honest engine sound to accompany this very impartial dealing with. Volvo engineers have as soon as once more confirmed that efficiency and gasoline financial system can go hand in hand.
Sober and stylish
These two adjectives apply each to the sculpted carbon-fibre exterior, the make-up of which freed up the designers to get artistic, and to the inside, the place the Volvo signature is immediately recognizable.
The centre display screen is identical as what you get in present Volvos – which implies it is simply as troublesome to grasp at first try. It can take just a few days earlier than you perceive how every thing works.
The sportier-looking seats are very snug, however a bit thinner than in your common Volvo, and the driving place is larger – too excessive in my case. Above, the all-glass roof is nothing in need of spectacular.
Behind the wheel, you are feeling such as you’re in a GT, not a sports activities automobile like a Ferrari F8 Tributo, however like an Aston Martin. Some folks like this sense, others aren’t enamoured of the “heavy” really feel related to that format. The within trim is easy, sober and tasteful like all Volvo merchandise.
The digital driving aids are all current and act discreetly and, above all, with out getting intrusive, making the driving expertise extra pleasant. For sure, the 21-inch tires are spectacular, however they’re going to additionally make for a less-comfortable driving expertise. Cowl just a few miles of unhealthy pavement, and you may really feel the bumps and holes in your backbone.
The batteries are separated into two teams. One is situated within the central tunnel between the seats and the entrance part, and the opposite is hidden behind the small rear seats (within the type of the Porsche 911). Its presence there leaves a minuscule 143 litres of trunk area. We’re not speaking a couple of automobile that is nicely suited to lengthy street journeys with greater than two folks, clearly. To console the proprietor, a plastic panel permits you to see all of the uncovered wires of this battery, which provides an much more unique flavour to the entire thing.
With this distinctive mannequin, Polestar has no actual competitors for the second (except BMW’s i8, which is disappearing). With solely 12 items per 12 months on sale in Canada, you’ll no less than know that the 200 grand you fork over will get you a completely distinctive automobile on the street – plus you’ll be ok with making a superb gesture for the setting.
Sober and stylish inside
We like much less
Excessive driving place
Slender rear seats
Let’s block advertisements! (Why?)