Friday, April 12

Subaru Solterra, first impressions: its first electric SUV wants to leave the asphalt behind

Subaru has a tradition of off-roading and capabilities off road that you do not want to overlook with the jump to the electric vehicle. It is no coincidence that our first contact with the Subaru Solterra was exclusively restricted to an off-road circuit. These have been our sensations.

Subaru Solterra data sheet

Subaru Single.

Body type.

Five-seater SUV.

Measurements and weight.

4,690mm long, 1,860mm wide, 1,650mm high and 2,850mm wheelbase. Weight of 2,010 kg.


451 liters of maximum capacity.

Maximum power.

218 hp.

WLTP consumption.

16kWh/100 km.

Environmental badge.

Zero emissions.

Driving aids (ADAS).

Adaptive cruise control, sign recognition, emergency braking, rear cross traffic control, side traffic detection, panoramic camera and lane departure warning.


12.3-inch display compatible with Android Auto and wired Apple CarPlay.

electric hybrid

Do not.

Plug-in hybrid.

Do not.


Yes. Two 109 hp motors (one per axle) to add 218 hp of total power.

Price and launch.

Launch in November 2022. Price to be confirmed.

The off-road option

Subaru’s first electric car is the result of its collaboration with Toyota, so its development has been closely linked to the Toyota bZ4X, which is also the first electric SUV Of the brand. It must also be taken into account that Toyota owns 20% of Subaru, so it is logical that it relies on the company for some of its developments, as was the case with the Toyota GT86 and the Subaru BRZ, for example.

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The fruit of this collaboration is therefore evident inside and out. On the outside, Subaru uses some of the brand’s own aesthetic details (like the duck-nose spoiler), but the similarities are obvious. Inside, even more.

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large indoor display 12.3 inches for infotainment and a driving position in which you have to play with the steering wheel, round (yes, round) and with good touch, and the screen dedicated to the instrument panel, raised and at eye level. Finding the correct posture is probably a matter of adaptation, but in my first contact I couldn’t finish adapting.

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The rest of the interior materials showed robustness. Without aesthetic fanfare but with a good touch: pleasant and well finished. Both the buttons on the steering wheel and those on the center console (with a prominent tunnel to separate driver and passenger) convinced us. In addition, under this area we find a large space to leave objects.

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In the rear, the cabin is really spacious. Passengers in these seats have USB-C sockets for your electronic devices and, in our unit, the rear seats were also heated. In addition, they can be reclined slightly to offer a more comfortable position on long trips. In exchange, yes, of sacrificing some space in the trunk.

That the Subaru Solterra is true to its principles is found in some technical details. First of all, we are talking about a vehicle whose ground clearance is 210 mm, just 10 mm less than the Subaru Forester and Outback. In addition, unless Japan has other plans for the future, it will only be sold with two electric motors, one per axle, which gives the SUV 218 hp and all-wheel drive.

Driving technologies: clear commitment to safety

Another of the values ​​that have characterized Subaru in all these years has been its commitment to safety. In this Solterra the brand reaffirms itself, offering the following ADAS driving and safety assistance systems as standard in any equipment: Dynamic Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Proactive Driving Assist, Emergency Braking System, Signal Recognition , Rear Traffic Detection Sensor, Panoramic Camera and Side Traffic Detection.

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During our test, obviously, we could not verify the operation of these systems. What we did have the opportunity to examine were its two electric motors and its all-wheel drive. It is true that the terrain was not at all demanding, but along the way we left behind some valleys, a small area of ​​stones and broken ground where the Solterra had no problem.

Also, to make things easier, the main screen has a very good resolution, so it is very useful both in the city and in the case of wanting to make a small foray off the asphalt. The car’s area perspective marks the car with a transparent overlay that makes it easy to read the terrain and the simulation was really good.

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And although it is not specified as a security element, it always seems to me to be a good decision to place the wireless charging in a closed space in sight, which avoids the temptation to look at the mobile phone. In return, the infotainment system is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay via cable.

In a mixed environment which is convincing, although we still prefer full physical controls, part of the air conditioning is controlled from the screen but the power of the air, the direction or the temperature have their own physical buttons, which makes it much easier to operate on the go.

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In terms of passenger comfort, in addition to what has already been mentioned in reference to the rear seats, the sunroof is large and occupies a large part of the vehicle. The 421-liter trunk can reach 451 liters if we take advantage of the extra 30 liters that are hidden on the second floor of it.

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Already on the move, we verified that the 218 electric hp are more than enough to move this Subaru Solterra with ease. Its regenerative braking can be dosed with the steering wheel paddles and its X-MODE AWD traction control system has a dual function (Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud). In addition, the driver can choose three driving modes: Eco, Normal and Power.

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With the configuration with which this model will arrive in Europe, a 71.4 kW battery is incorporated that supports alternating current charges of 6.6 kW and fast charges of up to 150 kW, which allows a charge of up to 80% in 17 minutes. Its autonomy is 466 kilometers in WLTP combined cycle and up to 610 kilometers in urban cycle. In addition, Subaru guarantees that the battery will maintain 90% of its capacity after 10 years.

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As for its launch, we will have to wait until November of this year for its commercialization and we still do not have an official price, although from the brand they indicate that they hope to be able to launch it in the Spanish market below the 45,000 euros that marks the border of the Plan MOVE.

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