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.
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