2022 Polestar 2 vs. 2022 Tesla Model Y Comparison
In the battle to win the hearts, minds, and pocketbooks of electric-vehicle (EV) buyers, many carmakers are resorting to bending segments to fit the expected desires of potential customers. That's exactly what Tesla has done with the class-leading Model Y, using the underpinnings of the Tesla Model 3 to create a crossover SUV (kind of). And to an even greater extent, that is what the Polestar 2 does. It cops a large part of its tech from its parent company's Compact Modular Architecture, which also supports the Volvo XC40 Recharge and Volvo C40 Recharge.
Carmakers are playing fast and loose with segmentation because they are uncertain what the market for battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) is…and really will be. In light of this, auto manufacturers are offering models like the 2022 Polestar 2 and 2022 Tesla Model Y that one can view as either SUVs or hatchbacks, depending on the rose-colored glasses the prospective car buyer is wearing at the time.
The Tesla Model Y entered the American market as a 2020 model. Texas-based Tesla Motors, the luxury-vehicle leader in the United States, manufactures it. Meanwhile, the Polestar 2 hit the market as a 2021 model, and its background is more complicated than a "Mission Impossible" plot. Polestar began as an independent racing team that modified and campaigned Volvos. The Swedish luxury automaker subsequently acquired Polestar and used the brand and its expertise to create performance-oriented Volvo street cars bearing the Polestar badge. Now, the Polestar brand is firmly attached to BEVs like the Polestar 2, with other models in the works. In a nutshell, Polestar is a Swedish brand owned by a Chinese automaking conglomerate, and the company builds the Polestar 2 in China with rumors of a U.S. plant in the future.
The Tesla Model Y and Polestar 2 sing from the same songbook in many ways. They are not only automotive "gender benders" but also have similar interiors that stress tech and openness versus traditional luxury. But they have significant differences as well. The Polestar 2 is a 5-passenger model, while the Tesla Model Y offers an optional third row to enable the transport of 7 passengers.
For 2022, Polestar launched a single-motor front-drive version of the Polestar 2 with added range and a lower price point. All Model Y trim levels are all-wheel drive (AWD) with dual electric-motor systems. Thanks to its new single-motor version, the base Polestar 2 is significantly less expensive than the base Tesla Model Y Long Range.
If a Swedish or American coffeehouse is more appealing to you than a German beer hall or an English pub, considering the Polestar 2 and the Tesla Model Y makes great sense. Here is a comprehensive comparison of the 2022 Polestar 2 and the 2022 Tesla Model Y.