I know you from the Soul message boards . Theres been a lunar orange ex Soul at local dealer almost all winter that I've kept an eye on .Its in the upper half of the color choices I'd make since its not too loud compared to red or white. I've yet to test drive one even though I've been interested in them since 2013 .I've informed my honda dealer that I'm buying out the lease of my 2016 crv in june ; this way I can be a free agent during the summer when I shop around or heck just keep the crv until powertrain gets closer to expiring which would be june 2021my consideration is the EX in Lunar Orange based on features and my budget, but till you can get to a dealership to check it out it's going to have to wait on the back burner, certainly not purchasing something this expensive without driving it.
However, the CX-30 GS in FWD is a very serious contender against this model.
Out of those ones, which one do you think gives the Seltos the biggest run for its money?I was focused on SX Turbo since it has the features I really wanted and that’s what I bought in Lunar Orange.
Could have done without AWD and the ”drivers assistance“ stuff but all the manufacturers force those on you if you want options found only in upper trims. I can live with the AWD and most of the DA can be turned off or made less intrusive.
Only other serious contenders were CX-30 GT, CX-5 Signature and Tiguan Highline.
I've found VW's to be great cars but in terms of pricing I've always felt you're not always getting what you pay for. As for the Crosstrek, I've driven one and I found it to be a decent drive, what did do it for you?That's a tough one. Out of those 3 the CX-5 was the only that matched up in space and features I wanted but was way more money and not real exciting. The CX-30 was closer in price but less room and missing some desired features. The Tiguan was only in it because I've been a VW/Audi guy pretty much all my life but it's too big, slow and expensive for what you get. TBH the Soul GT Limited (no turbo in Canada) comes closest and I seriously considered it as well. It had good incentives and the dealer was very willing to negotiate. The extra space, styling and driving dynamics made the extra cost for the Seltos worth it. I looked at Kona, RAV4, CRV, Crosstrek and a few others. The Subaru was the only one of those I drove and it didn't take long to eliminate it.
I found it decent as well. Powertrain, NVH and infotainment were the downsides along with price and cost of ownership. Didn’t like the CVT and being used to the early torque from VAG turbo engines I find the 1.6T more to my liking. I also really like the DCT having had one in an A3. Just hope it holds up. Subaru infotainment requires using the touchscreen too much and I find I can do most things quickly and easily in the Seltos without needing to touch the screen. I really like Mazda’s approach which is what I was used to in my A4.I've found VW's to be great cars but in terms of pricing I've always felt you're not always getting what you pay for. As for the Crosstrek, I've driven one and I found it to be a decent drive, what did do it for you?