$56,300 Polestar 4 EV is the cheapest car you can buy without a rear window

By | March 28, 2024

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There have been a handful of cars in recent years without a rear window. Whether for aerodynamic or pure styling reasons, they instead use a high-definition camera and a digital rear-view mirror to give you a rear view. But all these cars were high-end supercars or limited edition specials, such as the Ferrari 812 Competizione, Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato and Mercedes-AMG One. Now there’s a mainstream option in the form of the Polestar 4 crossover coupe, which ditches the rear window in the pursuit of more space and safety, and with a newly announced starting price of $56,300, it’s much cheaper than those multi-million dollar rides.

We first saw the Polestar 4 last year, but today it made its official US debut at the New York International Auto Show, where Polestar announced full pricing and information for its fourth model. That $56,300 price, including destination, is for the entry-level rear-wheel drive Long Range Single Motor model, which has 272 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque, good enough to reach 60 mph in 6.9 seconds.

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Upgrade to the Dual Motor all-wheel drive car, which costs $64,300, and you get 544 hp and 506 lb-ft of torque and a 0-to-60 time of 3.7 seconds. Each version of the Polestar 4 has a 102 kWh battery pack and can fast charge up to 200 kW. Official EPA range figures are not yet available, but Polestar is targeting an estimate of 300 miles for the single-motor car and 275 miles for the dual-motor model.

Every Polestar 4 comes standard with a 15.4-inch central touchscreen and a 10.2-inch instrument panel display, a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control, a fixed panoramic roof, a heat pump, an electrically operated soft-close tailgate, electrically operated reclining front seats, phone-as-key function, retractable door handles, a wireless charging pad and an illuminated front emblem. The Pilot Package, which costs $1,500 for the base car and is standard on the Dual Motor model, adds the Pilot Assist highway driver assistance system and automatic lane change capability.

The $2,000 Pro Package adds 21-inch wheels and gold seat belts and valve stem covers, while the $5,500 Plus Package includes three-zone climate control with an air filtration system, a Harman Kardon sound system, auto-dimming mirrors and a head-mounted up display, a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats, a kick sensor for the tailgate, more electrically adjustable front seats, electrically adjustable rear seats, a rear touchscreen for climate functions and great illuminated mesh textile trim on the door panels.

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Photo: Andy Kalmowitz/Jalopnik

Only available on the Dual Motor car is the Performance Package, which costs $4,500 and forces you to move up to the other packages. For that you get 22-inch wheels with Pirelli P Zero performance tires, sportier chassis tuning with adaptive dampers, Brembo brakes and even more gold accents.

Six different paint colors are offered, including a fantastic metallic gold creatively called Gold, with prices for all but the base silver costing $1,300 or $1,600. For $1,000 you can have the entire exterior trim painted body color, which I think looks fantastic. There are four wheel designs ranging from 20 inches to 22 inches, and some designs are limited to your choice of package. MicroTech upholstery is available in a few different colors, but for $5,000 you can upgrade to Nappa leather upholstery that also brings massage, ventilation and headrest speakers to the front seats, plus a brushed textile headliner and softer rear-seat headrests. A fully loaded Polestar 4 will cost you almost $85,000.

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Photo: Andy Kalmowitz/Jalopnik

Last but not least, the rear windowless setup is standard on every Polestar 4. The rearview mirror gives you a digital view of the camera mounted in the roof’s shark fin, and is super high quality with an ultra-fast refresh rate. If you need to look at the passengers behind you, you can still turn the mirror around and use it as a real mirror. In addition to making the Polestar 4 look completely unique from the outside, Polestar engineers were able to strengthen the car’s structure and slide the rear seats back for a much more spacious experience. The panoramic roof extends further back than a normal car, and the ambient lighting ensures it doesn’t feel like a dungeon in there. I got to sit in the backseat of the 4, and I absolutely love it.

The Polestar 4 can now be configured and ordered online, with deliveries expected to begin in the fourth quarter of this year. The first model year the cars will be built in Ningbo, China, but from 2025 the car will be built in South Korea for the American market. The price puts the Polestar 4 right in the zone of competitors such as the Genesis GV60, but the Swede’s unique styling is in a class of its own.

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