Last year, Toyota released its first dedicated electric car, and a little later Subaru did the same. Just the same, because the cars proposed by both manufacturers had been developed in close collaboration and that was immediately apparent. For example, the bZ4X and the Solterra were almost identical both above and below the skin, although you can only get the Subaru version with four-wheel drive — as tradition dictates. Of course, that leaves its mark on the price tag.
Cheaper four-wheel drive
For a Subaru Solterra you have to at least 55,745 euros have left over, making it a little under 6,000 euros more expensive than the cheapest Toyota bZ4X. It does have a single electric motor on the front axle with 204 hp, while the Subaru immediately gets two electric motors for four-wheel drive and a total of 218 hp. That is the only powertrain that you can order on your Solterra, and it is linked to a battery pack of 71.4 kWh. According to the Japanese, you have to travel up to 466 kilometers on one charge of electricity. By the way, if you want the same two engines on your Toyota, you will lose at least 60,955 euros since they do not offer this powertrain on the basic version.
At Subaru they do so, and you can also choose from two higher trim levels: Sky Package and Two-Tone Package. Subaru has not yet released the individual prices for this, but even the basic version should immediately be cleverly equipped with, for example, a heat pump, 18-inch wheels, heated seats in the front and the usual battalion of safety systems. The order book has been opened since today, and those who take the plunge should be able to hang their Solterra on their wallbox as early as July.