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Tesla Model 3 vs Polestar 2 Specs and Features Comparison

Tesla Model Y vs Polestar 2 front

This is a comprehensive comparison of the specs and features of Australia's best-selling electric car, 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

As of the date of this comparison, the base configurations Tesla Model 3 and Polestar 2 are selling at the same price before on-road costs.

For a more detailed breakdown of eligible government incentives, estimated driveaway price and total cost of ownership - use the zecar cost of ownership calculator.

Size and Dimensions

The Polestar 2 has a larger external footprint but has less internal space than the Tesla Model 3. The Model 3 is able to maximise its internal space due to being built on a dedicated EV platform.

The Model 3 has more storage room in the boot and frunk. The liftback design of the Polestar 2 however provides for a larger maximum boot space once the seats are folded down.

Range and Performance

Despite having a smaller battery, the Model 3 has a longer range than the Polestar 2 due to its much higher drivetrain efficiency.

Battery and Charging

The Model 3 offers slightly faster and better overall charging experience than the Polestar 2 across both home AC charging and public DC charging.

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Driver Technology

The Model 3 features more standard driver technology. To bring the Polestar 2 in line with the Model 3, an additional option pack is required to be added.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Tesla Model 3 vs Polestar 2 interior

The Model 3 has a more feature-rich infotainment and connectivity offering. The Polestar 2's offering can be upgraded with the addition of an additional option pack.

Other Features

Warranty and Servicing

The Polestar 2 offers a slightly longer vehicle warranty.

The Polestar 2 has scheduled servicing every 24 months, whereas the Model 3 does not have scheduled servicing.

Bottom Line

While both the base versions of the Tesla Model 3 and Polestar 2 have the same starting price of $63,900 before on-road costs, they include different features as standard.

In order to align the Polestar 2 Standard Range Single Motor with the Model 3 rear-wheel drive, the Pilot Lite Pack and Plus Pack 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 $10,000 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.

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