The much-awaited Polestar 4 is finally hitting the markets in the UK and Europe, and it’s feature-packed with some very impressive specs, including a 0-100km/h sprint of 3.8 seconds. It also comes with a hefty price tag, starting from £59,990 (that’s €63,200 for readers in the rest of Europe).
The all-electric coupé, announced in April last year, launches with the eyebrow-raising no “rear window” design (much to Alfred Hitchcock’s dismay, we’d presume). Instead, it comes with a roof-mounted camera that sends a feed to a high-definition screen. Polestar says that this allows for a far wider field of view, and it also does away with that tricky rear wiper without the issues associated with removing it.
Are we convinced about this ‘feature’? Well, we’ll have to wait to test it ourselves. But other than that, the SUV is jam-packed with lots of cool tech stuff and the specs look great too.
Polestar 4 is its fastest production car
One of the headlining features about the Polestar 4 has been its 0-100km/hr sprint. Based on the Swedish company’s claims, it can go from 0 to 100 in just 3.8 seconds, making it the fastest car Polestar has produced.
Polestar 4 is going to be available in both single and dual-motor variants, with the single-motor featuring rear-wheel drive (and swapping that 3.8 seconds 0-100 for 7.1 seconds). Both the Long-range versions are fitted with a 100kWh battery.
The Long-range Dual motor features 400 kW (544 hp), 686 Nm and a WLTP range target of up to 580 km, whereas the Long range Single motor version features a 200 kW (272 hp) and 343 Nm motor, with a WLTP range target of up to 610 km.
Both weigh in between 2.2 and 2.3 tonnes, get 526 litres of boot space (1,536 litres with the seats folded), sit on the ‘Sustainable Experience Architecture’ chassis, and feature 20in standard wheels or 21/22in optional rims.
These will also include up to 200 kW DC and 22 kW AC charging, capable of refilling the battery from 10 to 80 per cent in half an hour. Based on Polestar’s announcement of switching to Tesla’s charging standard, following the likes of Ford, GM, Volvo and Rivian, we would expect the new car to be compatible with Tesla’s Supercharger network with the help of an adapter.
Will Polestar 4 rival the likes of Tesla and Porsche?
So is it going to be the Tesla’s Model Y-rivalling crossover? To be fair, the price tag does it put it in an interesting spot. Its base model starts where the top-spec Model Y ends, but Polestar 4 is much more affordable than Model Y’s beefier, chunkier, and more powerful big brother, Tesla Model X.
On the other hand, it seems more poised to go toe-to-toe with Porsche’s recent all-electric release, the Macan, which starts from £53,400.
But is the extra money you shell out worth it, considering you don’t get the Porsche branding? Well, instead you do get a brand-new model with cutting-edge tech from a very young and promising EV brand with strong ties to Volvo.
Inside, you get a massive Tesla-comparable 10.2-inch driver display that is mounted ahead of the steering column and includes speed, battery and range information. There’s also a HUD with 14.7-inch projection area in front of the driver which relays key vehicle and navigation information to the windscreen, and Polestar says this is to further improve driver attentiveness.
Additionally, Polestar also offers a clever ‘snow mode’ function where the HUD switches the text colour from white to yellow, improving visibility in snowy environments.
Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO, said: “The introduction of Polestar 4 into all our markets through the course of 2024 is key to our success, adding this third model to our line-up. Polestar 4 tackles the premium performance class in the D-SUV segment. Polestar 4’s innovative interpretation of an SUV coupé offers great interior space and a stunning appearance.”
Polestar 4 is officially on sale right now, and the company expects that the first deliveries will start shipping by August. The base-spec model starts from £59,990, while the dual-motor variant costs £66,990, and there are additional packs that you can add to it.