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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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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