This is a comprehensive comparison of the specs and features of the refreshed versions of the Tesla Model 3 sedan and its closest competitor, the Polestar 2 lift-back sedan. This comparison focuses on the base variants of each model:
Price and Incentives
The Polestar 2 costs $5,500 than the Tesla Model 3
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Size and Dimensions
The Tesla Model 3 is the more spacious vehicle inside and out (storage)
The Tesla Model 3 benefits from built on a dedicated EV platform which allows for greater interior space relative to the external footprint. The Polestar 2 is built on a shared platform and results in a more crmped interior. The Polestar 2 however has the benefit of the liftback shape which allows for a larger opening with the seats folded down.
The Tesla Model 3 is generally larger than the Polestar 2. The Polestar 2 is taller (+38 mm), but, the Model 3 is longer (+114 mm) and wider (+74 mm).
The Model 3 is the lighter vehicle, weighing 179 kg less than the Polestar 2. This is likely the main reason for its superior claimed energy efficiency.
The Model 3 and Polestar 2 are rated to tow 750 kg unbraked.
Range and Performance
The Polestar 2 offers better range but the Tesla Model 3 is quicker off the mark.
On paper, the Polestar 2 offers slightly more claimed WLTP range (+19 km), attributable to its larger battery. It is however less efficient than the Model 3, due to being 179 kg heavier.
The Model 3 offers slightly faster acceleration than the Polestar 2, hitting 0 to 100 km/hr in 6.1 seconds. This is probably due its lighter weight and its rear-wheel drive setup.
Battery and Charging
The Tesla Model 3 offers faster DC charging than the Polestar 2
Both vehicles do not offer V2L which allows you to use the car's battery as a mobile power bank.
Both the Polestar 2 and Tesla Model 3 have good driver assist technology
The Tesla Model 3 and Polestar 2 offer similar levels of driver-assist technology features. The Polestar 2 has a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, whereas the Model 3 does not have one at all.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Tesla Model 3 has the superior infotainment and connectivity offering
The Tesla Model 3 is considered to have a superior infotainment and connectivity offering highlighted by its class-leading 15.4-inch centre screen, snappy user-friendly interface and high quality sound system.
Only the Polestar 2 features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Both models feature mobile apps which allow functionalities such as remote lock, pre-heating/cooling and charge monitoring.
The Tesla Model 3 offers more additional features such as making the heat pump standard. The Polestar 2 requires an upgraded trim in order to get the heat pump.
Despite being $5,500 more expensive, the Polestar 2 offers less standard features.
In order to align the Polestar 2 Standard Range Single Motor with the Model 3 rear-wheel drive, the Pilot Pack ($3500) and Plus Pack ($6000) will need to be added to have key features like more advanced safety assist systems, a heat pump, glass roof and more.
These options make the Polestar 2 over $15,000 dearer before on-road costs.
It's worth noting that the Polestar 2 offers unique features from in its option packs not available on the Model 3, including a 360-degree surround view camera, semi-automatic parking system, and radar-based blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alerts.
About the author
Danny is a consultant and entrepreneur working at the cutting edge of the electric vehicle and energy transition. He is passionate about educating and helping consumers make better decisions through data. He is the founder of zecar and is currently the EV Innovation Manager at Endeavour Energy.
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