Drive modes

Drive modes*

Updated 1/21/2020

Drive modes*

Selection of drive mode affects the car's driving characteristics in order to enhance the driving experience and facilitate driving in special situations.

Using the drive modes it is possible to quickly have access to the car's numerous functions and settings for different driving needs. The following systems are adapted to maintain driving characteristics that are as good as possible in each drive mode:

  • Steering
  • Engine/gearbox

    Applies to automatic gearbox.

    /all-wheel drive*
  • Brakes
  • Air suspension* and shock absorption
  • Driver display
  • Start/stop function
  • Climate settings

Select the drive mode adapted for the current driving conditions. Remember that not all drive modes are available in all situations.

Selectable drive modes

When the car starts, it is in Comfort mode and the start/stop function is activated. The drive mode can be changed when the car has been started, e.g. to the Individual mode. When the Individual mode is selected, it is possible to make adjustments for specific preferences, e.g. to show the tachometer.


The Comfort mode is the car's normal mode. These settings mean that the car feels comfortable, the steering is light, the shock absorption is soft and body's movement is smooth.

This drive mode is the certification mode for carbon dioxide emissions.

In Comfort mode, no tachometer is displayed in the driver displayApplicable only to cars with an 8-inch driver display..


  • Adapt the car for more energy-efficient and environmentally-conscious driving with the Eco mode.

The drive mode means e.g. that the Start/Stop function is activated, the ground clearance is lower to reduce wind resistance and the output of certain climate settings is reduced.

When driving in Eco mode, the driver display shows an eco-meter that indicates in real time how economical your driving is.

Off Road

  • Maximise the car's traction when driving in difficult terrain and on poor roads.

The drive mode provides high ground clearance, steering is light, all-wheel drive* and the function for low speed control with hill descent control (HDCHill Descent Control) are activated. Start/Stop function is deactivated.

The drive mode can only be activated at low speeds and the speedometer shows the range for speed limitation. If this speed is exceeded, Off Road mode is suspended and another drive mode is activated.

In the Off Road mode the driver display has a compass between the speedometer and tachometer.


The driving mode is not designed to be used on public roads.


If the car is switched off in Off Road mode, and therefore has high ground clearance, the car is lowered next time it is started.


The Off Road drive mode must not be used while driving with a trailer without trailer connector. Otherwise, there is a risk of damage to the air bellows.


  • Dynamic mode means that the car has sportier characteristics and faster response to accelerating.

The gear changes become faster and more distinct, and the gearbox prioritises a gear with greater traction.

Steering response is faster, shock absorption is harder and a low ground clearance means that the body follows the roadway in order to reduce roll during cornering.

Start/Stop function is deactivated.

The Dynamic mode is also available in the Polestar Engineered version*.


  • Adapting a drive mode according to individual preferences.

Select a drive mode to start from, and then adjust the settings according to the desired driving characteristics. These settings are saved in the active driver profile and are available each time the car is unlocked with the same remote control key.

An individual drive mode is only available if it is first activated in the centre display.

P5-1507-Individual drive mode settings view

Settings viewThe figure is schematic - parts may vary depending on car model. for individual drive mode.

Press Settings in the top view.

Press My CarIndividual Drive Mode and select Individual Drive Mode.

In Presets, select a drive mode to start from: Eco, Comfort, Dynamic or Polestar Engineered*.

Possible adjustments apply to settings for:

  • Driver Display
  • Steering Force
  • Powertrain Characteristics
  • Brake Characteristics
  • Suspension Control
  • ECO Climate
  • Start/Stop.

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