I like the looks and the typical Subaru SUV off-road chops. But the specs are not impressive otherwise. Battery and charging is old tech, not 800V like the new Hyundia and Kias. Basically it is the same as my now "old" Hyundai Kona EV for charging speed. And my Kona has a higher torque motor, 291 lb ft vs 248 for the Solterra.
I love Subarus. I owned an XT6 for over 20 years. But the lack of a rear wiper is a problem.
I've been considering buying an Ionic 5, and I waited till yesterday to test drive one specifically because I wanted to drive it in the rain and see how bad the visibility was. That car also lacks a rear wiper. In a word, it sucked. I was ready to purchase one before the test drive yesterday, but now I have second thoughts.
Later in the day I heard about the Solterra reservations opening up today and I was thrilled. Until I saw the photos and realized that the Solterra also lacks a rear wiper. Seriously? This is a car designed for cold snowy climates, and it doesn't have a rear wiper?
True, my XT6 didn't have a rear wiper either, but it wasn't an SUV/hatchback. Although strangely, the Alcion (the Japanese market version of the XT6) did have a rear wiper.
What gives, Subaru? For many people this is going to be a deal breaker.
I guess I know why none of the promo videos I've seen show the Solterra on wet roads.
Like you, am also looking at the Ioniq 5. I want the AWD Ultimate model (top trim), and it is sold out to 2023. So I might consider the Solterra again, once I can take it for a test ride. But yeah, also no rear wiper!! And does not have the 800V; super fast charging like the Ioniq 5.
I have had a Kona EV Ultimate for almost 3 years. Great range, and great city car. But it is no Subaru, can't handle any rough roads. Drove it this winter in the mountains (skiing and snow hiking) and my rear wheels got knocked out of alignment, resulting in uneven tire wear (inside edges). Dealer said it was due to driving fast on snow packed roads. Problem is the snow plows don't get right down to the pavement, and until it all melts or gets worn down, it is rough. He said he does 1 or 2 alignments almost every day, on other models, too, not just the Kona.
Have never had that issue with my past Subaru cars. Beside winter roads, my Crosstrek gets a severe beating on our cabin FSR road. But it just glides over the rough stuff and never an issue with alignment. I mentioned this to the Hyundai service guy, and he readily admitted that Subaru's are far better on snow or rough roads.
Now the question is how tough is this Solterra. Is it a Toyota or a true Subaru, with the suspension, etc.?
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