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posted on April 23, 2021

Volvo ups the electric ante

 As more and more automakers join the EV revolution, the driving population has an opportunity to experience many new and exciting vehicles. Volvo is not sitting idle and has been hard at work developing the next generation of automobile. Those with the need for Swede speed may previously have recognized the Polestar name as Volvo’s in-house performance division, but now Polestar is a separate brand focused on electric vehicles. So for our April 2021 car of the month, let’s take a look at Turo hosts Aaron and Lana’s 2021 Polestar 2.

Aaron’s 2021 Polestar 2 (Cincinnati, OH)

2021 Polestar 2

BATTERYHORSEPOWER0 to 60 MPHTOP SPEEDRANGEDAILY PRICE*
78 kWh408 hp4.7 sec125 mph233 mi$149
BATTERYHP0 to 60
MPH
TOP
SPEED
RANGEDAILY
PRICE*
78 kWh408 hp4.7
sec
125 mph233
mi
$149

The Volvo DNA is without a doubt present in the Polestar 2’s design. The restrained, yet elegant styling makes the 2 a striking sight on the roads. Encompassing modern design elements, the Polestar 2 is a sedan, a hatchback, and a crossover all in one. The four-door silhouette is a nod to traditional Volvo styling, while the liftback rear hatch adds some welcome versatility when loading cargo into the vehicle. Unlike conventional cars, the Polestar sits higher off the ground, which is especially helpful for ground clearance on varying road surfaces. Eye Catching with their unique spoke design, the 20-inch wheels make a style statement and nicely fill out the wheel arches.

Electric vehicles are often praised for their instantaneous acceleration, and the Polestar 2 is no stranger to that phenomenon. The onboard 78 kWh battery system sends 408 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque to dual electric motors. As a result, the all-wheel drive Polestar can sprint to 60 in just 4.7 seconds. That’s sports car levels of performance without making the slightest peep. If you can keep your foot off the accelerator, the Polestar 2 is good for a healthy 233 miles worth of driving.

Hop inside the Polestar and you’ll notice the main point of interest comes in the form of the infotainment screen. Many of the vehicle’s controls are operated through the swipe-friendly touchscreen, allowing you to customize the vehicle’s settings to your liking. The digital gauge cluster is capable of displaying your navigation route, meaning you can keep your eyes on the road all while easily monitoring your route in the process. Keeping with Volvo tradition, the Polestar 2 packs the latest in driver safety features, such as automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and traffic sign recognition.

The gray and black interior theme is an exercise in understated design, but it allows the focal point to become the large panoramic roof creates an airy environment as you enjoy the view outside. The Polestar 2 also utilizes recycled materials in parts of the interior construction, taking the meaning of green vehicle to another level.

With more and more manufacturers launching their latest electrified models, one name remains a constant conversation point for all them: Tesla. As owners of nine Teslas (also available on Turo) Aaron and Lana have the unique perspective of being able to compare the Polestar to what has effectively become the EV benchmark. SPOILER ALERT: The Polestar 2 is just as good! Based on their vast EV experience, the ride quality of the Polestar is also very comfortable, so just one more reason to experience it for yourself. “Best of all, it looks like nothing else,” they said. “It’s a real head turner and a conversation starter, just like our Model 3 was back in 2018.”

As the world welcomes more and more electric vehicles to the roads, the evolution of the automobile has entered new levels of sustainability. And with Earth Day celebrated during the month of April, it’s only fitting we show the planet a little bit of gratitude with a zero emissions ride. The next time you find yourself in Cincinnati, Ohio, check out Aaron and Lana’s Polestar 2. Turn plenty of heads with the latest in Scandinavian design.


*Daily price subject to change

Joey is usually thinking about one thing: cars, cars, and did we mention cars? If he’s not talking about cars, chances are he’s tinkering under the hood of his old E30 BMW.