Subaru Solterra – Australian details

Is the Subaru Solterra BEV any good

Subaru Solterra Overseas Model in Australian outback 1

Subaru Solterra Launch Drive details March 1st 2024

Subaru Solterra EV AWD driving 1

What is the Solterra like to drive on road.

A lot of fun is the answer.

This comes from a lot of little factors that combine to form a composed package.

The low centre of gravity for the battery mounting aids with dynamics.

One cool feature is the paddle shift on the steering wheel.

Now I’m a believer that in normal circumstances paddle shifts are useless for about 99.9% of drivers.

However, in the Solterra, they are used for immediate shifts in the regenerative braking load. This has two advantages.

First is that you don’t need to go through, often two – three layers in a central screen menu to change it.

Second is that it can be used for a replacement for braking into corners. Once I got the hang of changing the level it was a simple and engaging process of running into corners with the regenerative braking doing most of the work.

The combination of that, the fine-tuned suspension and AWD meant that point to point driving along windy hilly roads was awesome fun.

Often mid corner there would be a series of bumps that rarely affected the Solterra’ s composure.

There isn’t the outright acceleration as say a Kia EV6 GT, but the electric motor is responsive.

The steering input responsiveness also adds to the engagement factor.

In short, it’s a buzz to drive along back roads.

Subaru Solterra EV AWD driving off road 1

What about off road.

Well, here is an electric SUV that I would actually consider taking off road.

It has 212mm of ground clearance and underneath its almost completely smooth. There just isn’t anything that hangs down to get caught up.

I’m assured by the technical guys at Subaru, that the housing for the battery is super strong and reinforced. So minor scrapes and bumps aren’t an issue.

On the drive day we took an interesting track at the Scenic Rim 4WD Park.

I was able to drive a back-to-back comparison with a Crosstrek and the Solterra.

There were obviously differences. The approach and departure angles for the Crosstrek seemed better, as the front spoiler on the Solterra did scrape on a particularly rocky section with drop off.

Also, the crosstrek has better ground clearance.

But the instant torque of the Solterra was an advantage at times.

The permanent Symmetrical AWD system with two stage X-Mode elevates the Solterra to a class  above almost every other electric SUV.

Downhill it simply kept everything in check without any fuss or complaint.

Uphill the new grip control is interesting. It works from 2-10knh in two kmh increments and will hold the speed at the selection.

For us oldies it’s a but like the old hand throttle on a LandCruiser, but way more sophisticated obviously.

The 360-degree camera was a bonus on the track as there were a few sections where I couldn’t see wheel placement and its crucial in the Solterra.

Crosstrek VS Solterra

So, the Crosstrek is better off road, but the Solterra holds its own with pride.

I’m reminded of the Australian Movie, Man From Snowy Rover. The scene at the top of the cliff face where all the riders have stopped and the one rider heads over the side.

I can imagine a bunch of electric SUVs out for a day’s drive along some dirt roads. They come to forest trail, and it gets a bit rutted and hairy. All the other SUVs stop and look and the Solterra simply keep driving.

Approach and departure angles are the main limiting factor as well as tyre selection.

Don’t mistake this for a rugged SUV, but it will allow a lot more adventurous driving than you may expect.

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Subaru Solterra Video Review

New Australia Pricing 22 February 2024

Subaru Australia has announced a price adjustment for the brand’s all-new, all-electric Subaru Solterra ahead of its imminent launch and first customer deliveries.

The Solterra will launch in the Australian market at a Manufacturer’s List Price of $69,990* for the Solterra AWD and $76,990* for the Solterra AWD Touring. As previously announced, the price for both variants includes, as standard, a complimentary five-year service plan, five-year roadside assistance, carpet mat set, cargo tray and a 2kW (8 Amp) AC charging cable with 10 Amp wall plug for charging.

The readjusted pricing will apply to all existing pre-orders, with no further action required from customers as their Subaru Retailer will communicate with them directly on their individual vehicle order.

The first vehicles have arrived in Australia, with the first customer deliveries set to commence shortly and demonstration vehicles landing in participating Subaru Retailers now. To book a test drive, customers are encouraged to visit or contact a participating Subaru Retailer.

Subaru Solterra EV AWD SUV electric motor


Solterra AWD $69,990
Solterra AWD Touring $76,990

*Prices are Subaru (Aust) Pty Ltd’s Manufacturer’s List Prices only and include GST but exclude dealer delivery charges and all other government and statutory charges. For the drive-away price of Subaru vehicles, consumers should be advised to contact their local authorised Subaru dealer.

Subaru Solterra EV AWD rear quarter view

Australia Specifications

All-New All-Electric Subaru Solterra SUV: Australian Specification Confirmed. Solterra, Subaru’s first battery electric vehicle (BEV), is available in two variants, AWD and AWD Touring.

Subaru Solterra Overseas Model in Australian outback 7 Built on the e-Subaru Global Platform, the Solterra brings everything owners love about Subaru vehicles over generations, trusted reliability, cutting-edge infotainment and safety technology, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, and real SUV credentials, to all-electric vehicle.

Priced from $77,990*, both variants will come standard with a complimentary five-year service plan, five-year roadside assistance, carpet mat set, cargo tray and a 2kW (8 Amp) AC charging cable with 10 Amp wall plug for charging.

Powered by a high voltage 71.4kW lithium-ion battery, the Solterra delivers a maximum power output of 160kW and 337Nm of torque. In accordance with Australian Design Rules (ADR81/02), which states that vehicles imported into Australia should be homologated with a NEDC claimed range figure, Solterra has a NEDC test range of 485km1.

Charging the Solterra is simple with both AC and DC charging capability. Charging from 0-to-80 per cent via 150kW DC charger takes approximately 30 minutes, whereas via a single-phase 7kW AC charger 0-to-100 percent takes approximately nine and a half hours and 0-to-100 percent charge via a 11kW three-phase takes approximately six and a half hours2.

Readers can find out more details about the Subaru Solterra HERE 

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Subaru Solterra AWD capability

True to Subaru’s spirit, Solterra owners can explore a variety of road surfaces, thanks to its class leading 212mm of ground clearance3 and Dual Mode X-Mode that works with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) to provide exceptional grip and control. This driver-activated feature is designed to be used when road conditions become particularly treacherous or challenging, such as in slippery or icy weather, on steep hills, or in muddy terrain. Solterra also includes a new Grip Control function.

A central 12.3-inch high-definition touchscreen coupled with wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity4 and a high quality 6-speaker or 10 speaker Harmon Kardon® sound system5 (exclusive to AWD Touring) makes entertainment and connectivity on road trips simple.

Exclusive to Solterra AWD Touring is a panoramic glass sunroof which offers a broader view of the sky and surroundings along with extra natural light in the cabin.

Subaru Australia’s Managing Director, Blair Read, said: “We are excited to welcome the Solterra to the Subaru model range. The Solterra delivers Subaru’s trusted reliability, diverse-terrain capability, safety, and engaging driving dynamics in Subaru’s first all-electric SUV.

“The smooth, linear output of the dual electric motors combined with Subaru’s legendary Symmetrical All Wheel Drive, means drivers have outstanding control and capability on all kinds of road and conditions. The Solterra delivers the renowned driving feeling and confidence that Subaru owners demand.”

First vehicles have already started to arrive in Australia, with demonstration vehicles also landing in participating Retailers now. To book a test drive, visit or contact a participating Subaru Retailer.

To place a pre-order, customers are invited to visit to Buy Online or contact an authorised Subaru Retailer.

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Solterra Australian Specifications and Features 

Colour Range

Exterior Colours Available on the following variants
Harbour Mist Grey Pearl Across the range
Cosmic White Pearl Across the range
Harbour Mist Grey Pearl – Two Tone* Solterra AWD Touring
Cosmic White Pearl – Two Tone* Solterra AWD Touring
Galactic Black Across the range
Smoked Carbon Across the range
Elemental Red Across the range
Dark Blue Mica Across the range

*Two tone colour options available at an additional cost of $1,200.

Seat trims

The Solterra AWD feature black cloth seat trim, while range topping Subaru AWD Touring feature synthetic leather in black.

Subaru Solterra sneak preview electric motor

Subaru Solterra model walk 

Solterra AWD


  • Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • Max power: 160kW
  • Max torque: 337Nm
  • NEDC test range of 485km1
  • S Pedal Drive
  • Dual Mode X-Mode with NEW Grip Control Function
  • 212mm of ground clearance3

Battery & Charging

  • 71.4kWh Lithium-ion battery
  • 2kW (8 Amp) AC charging cable with 10 Amp wall plug
  • 0-100% via 2kW single-phase AC charger – Approx. 35 hours2
  • 0-80% via 150kW DC charger – Approx. 30 minutes2
  • 0-100% via 7kW single-phase AC charger – Approx. 9.5 hours2
  • 0-100% via 11kW three-phase AC charger – Approx. 6.5 hours2


  • 18-inch alloy wheels with wheel cap
  • Dusk-sensing, self-levelling LED headlights with auto off
  • Rear LED combination lights
  • Powered door mirrors – auto-folding
  • Puddle lamps – door mirror
  • Powered tailgate
  • Roof rails
  • Roof carrier brackets


  • Cloth seat trim – black
  • Carpet mat set
  • Cargo tray
  • Heated leather steering wheel
  • 8-way power seat with lumbar support – driver
  • Heated seats – front and rear outboard
  • Regeneration Mode Paddles
  • Digital rear view mirror
  • Air conditioning – dual-zone, climate-control with rear vents
  • Remote air conditioning system

Entertainment, Technology and Safety

  • Central information display with 12.3-inch-high-definition touchscreen
  • 7-inch digital instrumentation
  • Satellite navigation
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity4
  • USB ports – USB-A & USB-C connection
  • 6-speaker audio
  • SRS airbags – dual front, dual front side, dual curtain, and front seat centre
  • 3-point ELR rear seat belts
  • Subaru Safety Sense featuring:
    • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
    • Emergency Driving Stop System
    • Emergency Steering Assist
    • Lane Departure Alert
    • Lane Tracing Assist
    • Low-speed Acceleration Suppression
    • Pre-Collision System
    • Road Sign Assist
    • Speed Limiter
  • Subaru Vision Assist featuring:
    • Adaptive High-Beam System
    • Blind Sport Monitor (BSM)
    • Front Parking Sensors
    • Front View Monitor
    • Panoramic 360 Degree View Monitor
    • Parking Support Brake
    • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
    • Rear parking sensors
    • Safe Exit Assist
  • Driver Monitoring System6 – featuring:
    • Distraction warning
    • Drowsiness warning

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Solterra AWD Touring adds:


  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Auto-dipping door mirror
  • Two tone paint options available for an additional $1,200 (on selected colours).


  • Panoramic glass roof
  • Synthetic leather seat trim
  • 8-way power seat – front passenger
  • Door mirror memory setting – driver

Entertainment, Technology and Safety

  • Wireless Qi charger7
  • 10 Harmon Kardon® speakers, subwoofer, and amplifier5
  • Subaru Vision Assist:
    • Advanced Park Assist8

Today Subaru Corporation has announced the global reveal of the new full-electric Subaru Solterra.

All new Subaru Solterra pricing MLP*

Solterra AWD $77,990
Solterra AWD Touring $83,690

WARRANTY: Five-year/unlimited kilometres, 60 months/75,000km Capped Price Servicing Program, five-year Roadside Assistance Program.

BATTERY WARRANTY: The Subaru New Vehicle Warranty period on batteries (12 Volt) is 2 years. The Subaru New Vehicle Warranty period on high-voltage batteries for Subaru Electric vehicles is 8 years/160,000 kilometres, whichever comes first. After this warranty period, any required battery replacement will be a chargeable item.


Charging Bundles

To support customers with their ownership journey of an all-electric Subaru, the following charging bundles are available for purchase via the Authorised Subaru Retail Network or via when making an online purchase.

  • Bundle 1: Ocular LTE Plus Wallbox Single Phase (7kW) Tethered Type 2 with 6 metre cable – $2,250 RRP (inc. GST and standard installation).
  • Bundle 2: Ocular LTE Plus Wallbox Three-Phase (22kW) Tethered Type 2 6M cable – $2,645 RRP (inc. GST and standard installation).

Genuine Subaru Accessories

Whether it’s for convenience, protection, or personalisation, Subaru offers a diverse selection of genuine accessories tailored specifically for the Solterra EV. Visit to explore the full range.

Subaru Solterra sneak preview electric motor


Maximum power (kW) 160
Maximum torque (Nm) 337
Transmission/drivetrain Single-speed automatic transmission (Reduction Gear), AWD
Combined NEDC test range (kms)1 485 485
Rapid charging 0-80% via 150kW DC charger (mins) 302
Charging 0-100% via 11kW AC charger (hrs) 6.52


Overall length (mm) 4690
Overall width (mm) 1860
Overall height (mm) 1650
Wheelbase (mm 2850
Min. ground clearance (mm) 2123
Kerg weight (kg) 2015 2060
Cargo volume – rear seat up (litres) 410


Tyres 235/60 R18 103H 235/50 R20 104V
Wheels 18” 20”

Subaru Australia reserves the right to change mechanical specification and equipment levels without notice.

Overseas model shown in accompanying imagery.

*Prices are Subaru (Aust) Pty Ltd’s Manufacturer’s List Prices only and include GST but exclude dealer delivery charges and all other government and statutory charges. For the drive-away price of Subaru vehicles, consumers should be advised to contact their local authorised Subaru dealer.

All the legal disclaimers and other crap

  1. Figure based on NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) static laboratory combined average city and highway cycle test mandated by ADR 81/02. Range figure are laboratory test results only based on standardised testing conditions which measure, energy consumption and range. Actual real world range results will likely be less and to the extent that they are less will depend on a combination of factors including but not limited to load, traffic conditions, driving style, type of journey, vehicle configuration, battery age and condition, use of vehicle features (such as heating and air conditioning), as well as operating, environmental and climate conditions. It is for comparison purposes only and not intended to be give an accurate indication of what might be achieved in the real world.
  2. Charging times will vary depending on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, the output of the charger being used, starting battery charge, charging equipment, ambient temperature, battery state as well as the age of the battery at point of use. As a result of these factors, charging times may therefore vary significantly.
  3. Ground clearance at kerb weight.
  4. Compatible Apple® or Android™ device required.
  5. Harman Kardon® is a registered trademark of HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated.
  6. The Driver Monitoring System (DMS) features for Solterra are distraction warning and drowsiness warning. DMS performance and capability is dependent on environmental and technical conditions. Refer to Owner’s Manual for full details.
  7. Compatible Qi enabled and compliant device required.
  8. The Advanced Park Assist system is designed to support the driver but has limitations in recognition accuracy and control performance. It is the driver’s responsibility to remain aware of the vehicle’s surroundings, including pedestrians and other vehicles, and drive safely. For more information, please consult the Owner’s Manual.

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