2022 Polestar 2 Standard Range Review: Short Charge

Ben Chia
2022 Polestar 2 Standard Range Single Motor Exterior Front Singapore

A shorter range also means a lower price for the Polestar 2 in Singapore, which makes it a much more attractive value proposition here

Photos: Ben Chia and Derryn Wong


Polestar’s range in Singapore has now grown to three model strong, with the introduction of the Polestar 2 Standard Range Single Motor. The Standard Range (as we’ll call it from now on) is the entry level model of the lineup, joining the Long Range Single Motor and the Long Range Dual Motor variants here.

Despite the name, the Standard Range actually has nearly the same range as the flagship Long Range Dual Motor model, at 474km. The one with the longest range is the Long Range Single Motor, which has a range of 542km. But in return, the Long Range Dual Motor is more powerful than the single motor variants.

It’s all rather a bit confusing we know (and we’ve used the word ‘range’ too many times), but perhaps we can illustrate it a bit better with a table:

Long Range Dual MotorLong Range Single MotorStandard Range Single Motor
Power300kW (408hp)170kW (228hp)170kW (228hp)
Battery Capacity78kWh78kWh69kWh
Charging (11kW AC)8 hours8 hours7 hours

There is a somewhat of a caveat, however. Head over to the ‘Charge’ page on the car’s iPad-like central touchscreen and you’ll see a statement that says “90% is Polestar-recommended to preserve the lifespan of the battery”. And indeed, the car will only charge up to a maximum of 90 percent by default, although you can of course set this to the full 100 percent, if you plan on going against the advice of Polestar’s own recommendations.

2022 Polestar 2 Standard Range Single Motor Interior Touchscreen Singapore

How much range does that get you then? If we calculate based on the official range, then 90 percent should get you around 427km. However, the in-car trip computer displays a range of 340km when you get to 90 percent charge, which is of course a significantly lower number. We suspect that the actual figure is somewhere between those two, but it’s intriguing to note that you might not actually be able to achieve the full official quoted range unless you want to run the risk of hastening the battery’s deterioration rate.

2022 Polestar 2 Standard Range Single Motor Interior Instrument Panel Singapore

That said, 340km is still plenty for most Singaporeans to get by in a week anyway. And the Standard Range also proves to be excellent value given its rather attractive price tag. At S$217,000 with COE, it goes head-to-head with Tesla’s own Model 3 Standard Range Plus. While it doesn’t quite have the same level of performance and brand cachet as the Tesla, the Polestar does offer its own attractions for those who want a premium EV in this price range but don’t want to get sucked in to Elon Musk’s cult.

2022 Polestar 2 Standard Range Single Motor Interior Singapore

For starters, the Polestar is infinitely much better built than the Tesla. From the quality of the materials to the overall fit and finish, you’ll find that the Polestar feels like a nicer place to sit in, with its soft-touch plastics, unfinished wood, and ‘vegan’ upholstery giving it a rather inviting ambience. It’s classic Scandinavian minimalism, in a nod to its Volvo roots, but it’s not overly simplified tech like the Tesla where everything has to go through the touchscreen. 

2022 Polestar 2 Standard Range Single Motor Interior Touchscreen Singapore

At the very least, the Google-based Android Automotive operating system software that powers the Polestar is far less distracting to use than the Tesla’s, although it is still not without flaws. There is no Apple CarPlay of course, but then neither does Tesla, and if you’re not a full-fledged Google user, the overall user experience will not feel quite as seamless as you’d expect as compared to a plug-and-play system like CarPlay.

2022 Polestar 2 Standard Range Single Motor Exterior Front Driving Singapore

As a driving proposition, the Polestar 2 Standard Range feels mostly fine. It doesn’t quite have the same sort of violent acceleration properties as, say, a Porsche Taycan or even the Tesla Model 3, but instead delivers its 231hp of power and 330Nm of torque in a relatively smooth and fuss-free manner. 

It is brisk, no doubt, and 0-100km/h comes up in a still-respectable 7.4 seconds, but it just feels like a different sort of electric motoring experience perhaps. And some people might actually prefer the Polestar’s more refined and dignified power delivery as opposed to the brutal attitude that some of its rivals take.

2022 Polestar 2 Standard Range Single Motor Exterior Rear Singapore

The general vibe of the Standard Range is that it’s really a rather capable cruiser, and without the large 20-inch wheels (it uses 19s here) and optional sports suspension of the top-spec Dual Motor car, the base model actually rides pretty well. There’s still a bit of disturbance when you go over really large bumps and potholes, but otherwise for the most part the Standard Range glides superbly over most road surfaces.

2022 Polestar 2 Standard Range Single Motor Exterior Front Singapore

It corners reasonably okay too, generally feeling pretty balanced and planted, although the steering does seem a tad heavy. It doesn’t detract from the car’s sense of agility however, and the Polestar is actually quite easy and effortless to pilot, if not quite as engaging or exciting as we would have hoped.

But at this price point, the Polestar 2 Standard Range does have a whole lot going for it. With current COE premiums, this sort of money will barely get you into an entry-level German product in base trim. Certainly, at least, it’s the most affordable entry-point into luxury EV motoring right now, and if you can live with the Standard Range’s power and, erm, range, then the Polestar does make for an excellent value proposition.

2022 Polestar 2 Standard Range Single Motor Exterior Singapore

Polestar 2 Standard Range Single Motor

DrivetrainFull electric
Electric Motor / LayoutSingle / Rear
Motor Power / Torque 231hp / 330Nm
Battery Type / CapacityLithium-ion, 69kWh
Standard Charge Time / Type7 hours / 11kW AC charging
Fast Charge Time / Type35 minutes / 130kW DC charging from 10-80 percent
Electric Range474km
0-100km/h7.4 seconds
Top Speed160km/h
VES BandA1 / -S$25,000
AgentWearnes Automotive
PriceS$217,000 with COE
Verdict:Shorter range and less power but also a smaller price tag, the Polestar 2 Standard Range proves excellent value as an entry point into premium EV motoring


4-door 5 seat electric polestar sedan Standard Range Single Motor

About the Author

Ben Chia

CarBuyer's print editor went out to explore the Great Big World, including a stint working in China (despite his limited Mandarin). Now he's back, ready to foist upon you his takes on everything good and wonderful about the automotive world. Follow Ben on Instagram @carbuyer.ben

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