2023 Volkswagen ID.4 vs. Subaru Solterra

February 16th, 2023 by

A mid-size SUV may be right for you if you’re someone who wants a balance of performance, power, space, and efficiency. The Subaru Solterra and Volkswagen ID.4 are two electric SUVs on the market right now that offer a variety of features, and it can be difficult to know which one may be the right choice for you. Learning more about how the ID.4 and Solterra stack up can help you determine which one to choose. Here’s everything you need to know about the difference between the ID.4 and the Solterra.

Exterior Design

Both the Solterra and the ID.4 are five-seaters that offer ample legroom, but the ID.4 offers almost two more inches in rear-seat legroom than the Solterra, coming in at 37.6 inches to the Solterra’s 35.3 inches. The ID.4 is slightly smaller than the Solterra, which may make it easier to maneuver when driving. A smaller frame can be helpful for managing tight corners and getting into smaller parking spots.

The ID.4 comes in colors including Arctic Blue Metallic with a Black roof, Aurora Red Metallic with a Black roof, Tourmaline Blue Metallic with Black a roof, Deep Black Pearl, Opal White with a Black roof, and Pure Gray with a Black roof. The Solterra comes in colors including Harbor Mist Gray Pearl, Galactic Black, Smoked Carbon, Cosmic White Pearl, Elemental Red Pearl, Harbor Mist Gray Pearl (Two-Tone), Smoked Carbon (Two-Tone), Cosmic White (Two-Tone) Pearl, and Elemental Red Pearl (Two-Tone).

Interior Features

As with the exterior colors, the VW also comes in more interior colors than the Solterra. The Solterra only has black cloth upholstery as a standard option, while the VW has Gray with Black Bolsters and Gray with Brown Bolsters as the two options. The ID.4 offers a stylish and roomy interior, with a modern and simple design. The steering wheel is the point of driving, and it is very well-designed in the VW. The ID.4 is a touch steering wheel with multi-functions and an available heating element. The ID.4 also comes standard with heated seats to help you combat those chilly mornings. For an extra special touch, go for the heated windshield for ultimate visibility when it’s colder outside.

If you like an open-concept feeling in your vehicle, you’ll love the glass roof on the ID.4. It brings in all the sunshine and provides awesome, sweeping views of the sky, city skylines, or whatever you’re passing by. If you’re feeling a little too sunny, you can always engage the electric sunshade that blocks out those rays for a fully customizable experience.

Performance and Handling

Because the ID.4 has a smaller frame, it’s also better at taking tight turns. The turning diameter for the Solterra is 36.7 feet, but only 31.5 feet for the ID.4. This can improve your handling experience and make it easier to navigate tight spaces. The ID.4 also comes standard with premium synthetic seats, which isn’t available for the Solterra.

Another area in which the VW shines in this comparison is utility. The VW comes standard with automatic parking, which makes it easy to get into tight spots no matter where you are. The Subaru doesn’t even have the option for this feature. 

When it comes to electric SUVs, one of the most important features is range. This is the number of miles you can go between fully charging your vehicle. The Solterra has an EPA-estimated range of up to 228 miles, and the ID.4 way outperforms that, with more than 270 miles on a full charge for the Volkswagen ID.4 Pro.


The Solterra brings a big screen and some safety features, but the VW just delivers more when it comes to innovation. Those who value technology in a vehicle design will love what Volkswagen has done with the ID.4. Built into the dash of the vehicle is the ID. Light, an intuitive lighting feature that communicates with you about everything from phone calls to emergency braking. If you truly want to feel like the captain of the ship while in the driver’s seat, VW’s new technology can help you do that.

You can also reduce the time it takes to get on the road with VW’s intuitive drive feature on the ID.4. This means the car wakes up as you near the driver’s seat, turning on the screen and preparing for the trip. All you have to do is put your foot on the brake and turn the car to drive to get going.

Pricing and Warranty

Another way in which the VW outperforms the Subaru in this comparison is with price. If you’re looking to save money while taking advantage of great features, the ID.4 may be the right mid-size SUV for you. The ID.4 starts at an MSRP of just $37,495 for the base model, while the base model for the Solterra comes in at a whopping MSRP of $44,995. When it comes to value, the ID.4 packs a bigger punch than the Solterra.

If you value reliability as much as price, another area you may be interested in is warranty. Volkswagen has a long history of offering high-quality warranties to customers to make sure they can drive at peace. Here’s some information about how the warranty works when you purchase a VW:

  • Two Years Service: Receive scheduled carefree maintenance for two years or 20,000 miles, whichever happens first. Scheduled Carefree Maintenance.
  • Three Years Help: Get complimentary roadside assistance for three years or 36,000 miles, whichever happens first.
  • Four Years Coverage: Basic coverage on everything outside of wear and tear for four years or 50,000 miles, whichever happens first.

We hope this guide has been helpful if you’re trying to choose between the ID.4 and the Solterra. Though researching vehicles can be great, the only way to really know which car is right for you is to test drive. Swing by the dealership today to get behind the wheel of a Volkswagen ID.4 and feel the difference for yourself. To learn more about our inventory and financing options, contact one of our friendly associates today.

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