The aroma of Eau de Volvo fills the air as the Polestar 3 glides along the highway, offering a comfortable and relatively quiet ride, although some wind noise emanates from the door mirror area. The vehicle’s driving aids perform as promised, with the 3 demonstrating impressive lane-changing capabilities with just a simple turn signal flick. While cruising at 65 mph, the rear axle responsible for distributing power to each rear wheel disengages for efficiency on straight stretches, but the transition is seamless, and drivers hardly notice the change. Polestar highlights the 3’s 400-volt electrical system, capable of 250-kilowatt charging, which can replenish the battery from 10% to 80% in just 30 minutes. Although the brand is working on even faster charging, with a prototype aiming for a 10-minute charge, this technology is still in development. The 3 boasts an EPA-estimated range of 315 miles, although the Performance Pack slightly reduces this figure to 279 miles.

With its distinctive design, refined interior, and engaging driving dynamics, the Polestar 3 aims to establish itself beyond its newcomer status in the market. While it differentiates itself from the Volvo EX90, it also addresses potential buyer concerns about purchasing from a relatively young brand.

Available for purchase now, the 2025 Polestar 3 starts at $74,800, including a $1,400 destination charge. Opting for the Performance Pack raises the price to $80,800. It’s worth noting that this model does not qualify for the $7,500 federal tax credit as it is manufactured in Chengdu, China. However, Polestar plans to shift production to the Volvo plant near Charleston, South Carolina, in 2024, making American-made models eligible for the tax credit. In the interim, buyers leasing the 3 can still claim the full $7,500 tax credit.

For those seeking a more affordable option, a rear-wheel-drive model of the Polestar 3 is slated for release later in 2024.