The Volvo-built electric car does not include some widespread safety tech as standard, and was found to present a high risk of injury to occupants of other vehicles in a collision. However, strong results in other areas of testing delivered the maximum five-star score.

The new 2022 Polestar 2 electric sedan has earned top marks for safety from the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) – despite not all models being equipped with a full suite of advanced safety tech.

Based on a broad range of crash tests – including full-width frontal, side impact, and oblique pole – and analysis of inbuilt autonomous safety features, the local independent evaluation allocates an aggregated score out of five.

The new Polestar scored strongly in most areas of occupant protection, however was shown to pose a high risk of injury to passengers in other vehicles in the event of a car-to-car collision.

Further, the Polestar 2 – built by Volvo, which promotes itself as a safety-specialist – has previously faced criticism for its lack of standard active safety features.

Adaptive cruise control, blind-zone warning, and rear cross-traffic alert are all optional extras and do not come fitted to the entry-level $59,990 (plus on-road costs) two-wheel drive variant.

However, strong results in adult and child occupant protection, far side impact tests, and occupant-to-occupant interaction delivered the maximum five-star score available.

“Today’s consumers are looking to purchase vehicles with top safety and environmental credentials. The well-rounded Polestar 2 ticks these boxes and adds to the suite of five-star rated electric vehicles now available to Australasian consumers,” Carla Hoorweg – the Chief Executive Officer of ANCAP – said.

“ANCAP safety ratings are designed to encourage vehicles to provide good protection to vehicle occupants and other road users, and the Polestar 2 has performed well across all areas of assessment.”

The newest result means all ANCAP-tested electric cars in Australia – from the $44,990 MG ZS EV to the $124,300 Mercedes-Benz EQC – continue to offer five-star safety for the local market.

Extracted in full from: 2022 Polestar 2 electric car earns five-star ANCAP safety rating – Drive