Polestar 2; Magnesium; slate; non-PP; 19"; towbar
Greetings MisterE. Our story is remarkably similar except for delivery date. We live near Wantage, only 20 miles from Swindon, and also ordered a Magnesium non-PP in early December. (We'd have liked a bright blue too.) We went for a test drive at Farnborough, and considered going to the driving event in Swindon. However we decided that we didn't need to (given COVID) and ordered instead on 11 December. Estimated delivery was February, but confirmed date to my surprise is 14 January, and we have a registration number. I guess they could meet our order from those already here, but we are buying rather than leasing if that makes a difference. However, this is our first EV. It replaces my 2008 BMW 320d touring. I can only hope that the Polestar is in as good condition and that I'm as fond of it when it's 13 years old! Our second car is also a Mini, but it's only 5 years old! Maybe we can meet when you have yours, hopefully sooner rather than later.Happy New Year to everyone. May this one be a vast improvement on the last.
This is my introduction to you all, I placed an order for a new Magnesium, Charcoal Polestar 2, non PP on the 17th December and am now very much looking forward to driving it, whenever that will be.
We live in Swindon, south of England, have been very much enjoying the electric driving experience for nearly 4 years with our i3 that both my wife and I love. When we test drove the BMW, I have never seen my wife so excited about a new car, the acceleration, quietness, responsiveness, OPD etc that we all know what driving electric gives you. My gamble had paid off, (I have to time the introduction to any new car to her very carefully as although I get to choose the car, she gets final sign off as well as deciding the colour!). It was a bit of a gamble, a test if you like but it paid off, it has been our favourite car and we knew we would never go back to ICE.
Our plan was to change it after 3 years, that was last May. At the time, there was nothing new that we wanted and of course, it was not like we could go anywhere anyway so a new car would have been wasted back then. Over the last 12 months I have read up on all new electric cars, test drove the TM3 (no wow factor inside, too low down, poor visability) and eventually managed to go to Farnborough in early December for a Polestar test drive. It went well, we loved it. I was optimistic beforehand but you never know, it looked great, all the reviews were good, it had all the toys that I love and the cost was within budget. All I needed now was the sign off and that goal was achieved. The only downside for both of us was the visibility and the riding height, although higher than most cars, still down on the i3 and something we enjoy.
Luckily enough there was a small driving event in Swindon the following weekend that they invited me to, so we could get some final thoughts on the colour choice. My wife chose Magnesium, a good choice I think, it sounds quite interesting, almost looking like a different colour depending on the outside conditions. It was quite a tough decision, as all the colours looked good and our normal choice of a nice bright blue like we have on the i3 was not available.
A first for me, we are leasing this car. I looked at what was available, decided on CVSL, a company with good reviews and one of the better lease costs. We have gone for 4 years, to help keep the monthly costs down as to benefit from the extra year of warranty on offer. We have an order number from Polestar, was thinking a March delivery date at the time but as we all saw just before Christmas, the deliver dates for new orders on the Polestar website moved to June/July so who knows now. My head is saying no great rush to get it but the heart wants it earlier!
This forum has been very informative, overall most people are loving the car but there have been problems and concerns over range. I applaud all of you who had the first cars and did all the ground work for those of us coming on now. Range is one of the important upgrades I wanted over the i3, along with toys, driving and looks and affordability. We get 110 to 150 miles out of our i3, 110 to 130 in winter, 130 to 150 in the summer. This is long trips, preconditioned batteries and cabin off a 33KWH battery (It should be noted that at the time time, the car was quoted as doing up to 195 miles). Lots of shorter trips in winter as we all know, results in a lot less range. This range works for us most of the time but we did have occasion, especially in winter when we were getting low on power, where we had the heating off, heated seats only and a blanket covering our laps. At these times, it was good to discuss a new car with an improved range!
The discussions on range currently achieved is a bit lower than my expectations but I do hope that, particularly with the new app, preconditioning of the batteries will be available and will go along way to improve this aspect of the car. As well as any other fixes and improvements around efficiency that the OTA updates can deliver.
One interesting last development is we currently have an i3 and a 15 year old mini, a car that my wife has loved. I assumed we were selling the i3 but now the idea has been suggested that we should sell the mini instead. The advantage of selling the i3 is there is a lot more money tied up in that car compared to an old mini. Advantage of selling the mini is saving £240 a year road tax, and things are more likely to go wrong on that car. So let's see what happens, if I had my way we would keep the i3, ideal for whoever is doing the short journey and town but I will leave that decision to final sign off.
So it might not be i3 to Polestar but mini to Polestar, watch this space.....