At the risk of click-baiting this new 300kw, 400+hp, dual motor AWD, 292-mile EV from Volvo's sub-brand is probably the closest to a Model 3 rival seen so far.

The Polestar 2 uses tasteful Scandinavian design with Chinese manufacturing (Polestar, Volvo, Lotus and the London Electric Vehicle Company – who make the EV black cabs – are owned by Chinese giant Geely) to bring this surprisingly sporty £47,000-£55,000 hatchback to sit between Tesla’s Model 3 and Jaguar’s iPace. It is not a ground-up EV, however, as it shares underpinnings with the Volvo XC40 SUV (of which there will be a pure electric version coming soon).

The Polestar 2 uses low impact, recycled and recyclable interior materials to class it as ‘Vegan’. It hits 0-62 in 4.7 seconds, making it mid-range amongst the Model 3s and almost identical to the Jag iPace. When optioned with the £5000 Performance Pack (which Jonny tested) you get gold 4-piston Brembo brake calipers, manually adjustable Ohlins suspension system, gold seatbelts and gold valve caps. But is it too firm and race-focused for the market it’s supposed to be aimed at? Jonny suspects so.

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