Polestar 3 Review

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By Alexi Falson on 27 Jul 2023
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Electric vehicle specialists, Polestar, are set to bring their follow-up to the smash-hit Polestar 2 sedan to Australia in early 2024, with the Polestar 3 set to offer more space and practicality in its sleek SUV package.

The Polestar 3 benefits from a larger platform in an SUV body shape, and all the knowledge Polestar has gained from its critically-acclaimed Polestar 2 sedan package.

Just how well does the Polestar 3 look on paper, then, and how seriously should you be anticipating its early 2024 arrival? Let’s find out.

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How Much Does It Cost?

The Polestar 3 range is priced from $132,900 for the Polestar 3 Long Range Dual Motor, while the range-topping Polestar 3 Long Range Dual Motor Performance Pack is priced at $141,900.

Keep in mind that these prices do not include on-road costs, are subject to change, and do not include certain state and territory incentives for the purchase of electric vehicles that can lower the drive-away price.

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Polestar 3 (LONG RANGE DUAL MOTOR) Specifications

Model Date 2024
Make POLESTAR
Model 3
Series MY24
Variant LONG RANGE DUAL MOTOR
Body 4D WAGON
Fuel type ELECTRIC
Transmission 1 SP AUTOMATIC
Drive AWD
Engine ELEC
Engine capacity 0
Engine configuration NOT APPLICABLE / 0 valves
Engine RPM 0 / 0
Cylinders -
Torque 840
KW 360
Fuel tank size 0.0
Fuel usage specs 0.0 / 0
CO2 0
ANCAP security rating Unrated

For more details and other variants, check Polestar 3 car page.

What Features Does the Polestar 3 Have?

Polestar’s entry-level Polestar 3 comes extremely well-equipped, with premium features like 21-inch alloys, adaptive air suspension, Brembo brakes, LED headlights, an energy-efficient heat pump, panoramic glass roof, hands-free tailgate, heated front seats, tri-zone climate control.

In terms of tech, you’ll find a 9.0-inch digital instrument cluster, a 14.5-inch Android-powered infotainment system with DAB+, wireless smartphone charging and three years of Polestar connectivity as standard.

Polestar also offers a number of optional extra packages, including the Plus Pack, Pilot Pack, Pilot Pack with LIDAR and the Performance Pack.

Polestar’s optional Performance Pack for the Polestar 3 unlocks even more potential from its dual motor setup, as well as a set of 22-inch forged wheels wrapped in Pirello P-Zero rubber, a specialised chassis tune, performance software update and a range optimisation drive mode.

2024 polestar 3 interior

Range Features:

  • 21-inch alloys

  • Adaptive air suspension

  • Brembo brakes

  • LED headlights

  • Energy-efficient heat pump

  • Panoramic glass roof

  • Hands-free tailgate lift

  • Heated front seats

  • 9.0-inch digital instrument cluster

  • 14.5-inch Android infotainment system

  • 22-inch forged wheels with Pirelli P-Zero tyres (Performance Pack)

  • Performance chassis tune & software update (Performance Pack)

Polestar 3 Colours

The Polestar 3 is offered in Magnesium as standard colour finish, while Snow, Space, Midnight, Jupiter and Thunder remain optional extra paint finishes that are priced at $2000.

Is the Polestar 3 Powerful?

Polestar’s first-ever SUV package comes into the fight with some extremely aggressive performance figures from its pair of electric motors.

Underneath the stylish bodywork, there’s an electric motor sitting over each of the axles, with Polestar confirming power outputs of an extremely healthy 360kW of power and monstrous 840Nm of torque from the dual-motor setup.

The company says this is enough to propel its 2584kg Polestar 3 SUV to 100km/h in just 5.0 seconds.

If that’s not enough power for you, you’re in luck, because Polestar’s optional Performance Package for the Polestar 3 increases power and torque once again to 380kW/910Nm which helps to drop the 0-100km/h sprint figure to a sports car time of just 4.7 seconds.

Braking power comes supplied by a set of four-piston Brembo brake calipers, while all that weight is wrangled by a set of adaptive dual-chamber air suspension up front, which should give the Polestar 3 a very impressive driving dynamics.

As with most other EVs, flick the adjustable driving mode back into ‘eco’ or ‘comfort’ and you’ll be treated to a silent and extremely refined ride quality around town with the option of one-pedal driving thanks to the regenerative braking system, making for a versatile SUV package that will impress anyone sitting behind the wheel with its outright pace.

How Far Can the Polestar 3 Drive on a Single Charge?

Range figures for the Polestar 3 line-up depend on which variant you’re opting for, with the standard model offering more kilometres on a single charge than its performance-based sibling.

The company says owners can expect to see energy consumption figures between 20.1-21.1kWh/100km for the standard Polestar 3, with energy consumption rising to between 21.9-23.1kWh/100km for the Polestar 3 with the optional Performance Pack.

This means that in the real world, the Polestar 3 in standard form will drive up to 610km on a single charge, while the Polestar 3 Performance Pack will drive up to 560km on a single charge.

Is it Practical and Spacious?

One of the biggest benefits of a bespoke battery-electric platform is just how much extra space you can extract from the cabin without having to make way for bulky transmission tunnels and other hardware that internal combustion cars need.

As a result, the Polestar 3’s cabin looks to be well-crafted, premium and incredibly spacious thanks to the company’s SPA2 platform, while remaining familiar enough to buyers making their way over from a conventional midsize SUV.

Up front, the centre console offers an extra layer of storage beneath the console, atop a heap of practical touches like storage trays and storage areas that give the minimalist-styled Polestar 3 some serious practicality.

The dashboard is particularly clean, housing the large vertically-mounted 14.5-inch infotainment system and a digital instrument cluster for the driver but little else- keeping things clean and adding to the clean simplicity of its design.

The Polestar 3 is designed as a five-seat midsize SUV, and the emphasis on its clear and practical design very much extends to the second row where the flat floor and generous roofline are set to give rear passengers a very impressive place to sit on long journeys.

In terms of cargo, Polestar says the Polestar 3 has a boot measuring 484L, while you’ll also find additional storage underneath the bonnet measuring in at 32L, bringing its total cargo capacity to 516L.

2024 polestar 3 rear

Fold down the seats and the Polestar 3 offers cargo capacities up to 1411L, making it a genuine performer when it comes to space and practicality thanks to its bespoke platform and Polestar’s clever interior packaging that keeps things clean and simple.

Is it Safe?

The Polestar 3 range is yet to receive an ANCAP safety rating, though will likely be introduced with an official rating from ANCAP.

It does, however, come fitted with a massive amount of active safety equipment, including autonomous emergency braking with vehicle, cyclist and pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, steering support, blind-spot monitoring, front and rear cross-traffic alerts and surround-view camera.

You’ll also find a lane-keep assistant, multi-collision braking system, front and rear parking sensors, driver attention monitoring, run-off road mitigation, interior radar and front, front-side, curtain and driver’s knee airbags.

All of this safety tech and Polestar’s previous five-star ANCAP safety rating suggest that its upcoming Polestar 3 SUV package will also receive a five-star ANCAP safety tick.

Our Verdict: Is the Polestar 3 Worth it?

Polestar’s launch of the Polestar 3 SUV will be an important release for the battery-electric segment, combining the company’s electric know-how with a much more practical SUV body shape.

While it won’t come cheap, the Polestar 3 does give buyers who are thinking about opting for a Tesla Model X, BMW iX or a Mercedes-Benz EQC another great all-electric option for their shortlist.

2024 polestar 3 wheels

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Five Specs You Need to Know

  1. Five-year, unlimited KM warranty with eight-year, 160,000km warranty for battery

  2. Dual electric motors with a rear-biased, all-wheel drive system

  3. 610km range decreases to 560km with the Performance Pack

  4. 250kW DC fast charging completes 10-80% charge in 30 minutes

  5. 2200kg braked towing capacity

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Alexi Falson

Alexi is an automotive journalist and road tester hailing from Byron Bay. He has an affection for both cars and motorbikes, a great admiration for the simplicity of old-school engineering, and a fascination of new technology making its way to modern cars. When he's not road testing, you'll find him surfing, hiking or helping people find their dream cars.

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