We drive Subaru Solterra all electric AWD SUV

What is the new Subaru Solterra really like

Subaru Solterra – Subaru has just released their first all-electric SUV, the Solterra. It comes in two  models the AWD And AWD Touring.

Subaru Solterra EV AWD SUV range 1 Solterra is a stylish SUV that comes well equipped with a 12.3-inch central touch screen, wireless smart phone connectivity, The touring model also comes with wireless charger.

Both models come with a  high voltage 71.4kW lithium-ion battery. This provides some 160kW of power and 337Nm of torque. While the NEDC range is measured at 485km, a more realistic range would be 450km.

Being a Subaru the ability to explore a variety of road surfaces is important and, on the launch, drive we did just that. We visited the Scenic Rim Adventure Park, a 680-acre property about one hour’s drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Subaru Solterra EV AWD SUV electric motor

The Solterra comes with up to 212mm of ground clearance, Dual Mode X-Mode and Subarus famous Symmetrical AWD system.

This combination is ideal for slippery or icy conditions, steep hills, muddy terrain or just in the torrential downpours we sometimes get in the urban jungle.

The Solterra is whisper quiet to drive and so easy to buzz around in.

One thing that may surprise potential buyers is the price. We are used to EVs being so expensive, but the Solterra is exceptionally well priced from just under $70,000 plus the usual costs.

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Subaru Solterra EV AWD Touring interior front 1

Readers can find more details about the Subaru Solterra HERE 


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Subaru Solterra EV AWD Touring interior 360 degree camera screen 1

What is good?

  • Interior comfort and driver ergonomics especially the steering wheel
  • Simple and easy to drive with true AWD adventure appeal.
  • Competitive pricing for an EV

What is not so good?

Subaru Solterra EV AWD Touring dirt road driving

Instead of a Subaru Solterra, buyers could look at:

All electric SUVs are becoming more available. None have the true adventure capability of the Solterra though.

Buyers could look at: Kia EV6 GT Line, Tesla Model Y, Hyundai Kona Electric, Audi Q4 e-tron, Hyundai IONIQ 5, Volvo XC40, and Polestar 3

Subaru Solterra EV AWD rear quarter view

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