Get an Up-Close Look at the R1S with Rivian's First Mile Drive Program - Tests Revealed Good Looks and Versatility

Get an Up-Close Look at the R1S with Rivian's First Mile Drive Program - Tests Revealed Good Looks and Versatility
2022 Rivian R1S Review: More Game-Changing Than Its Truck Brother

Rivian recently launched its first drives in Denver, allowing customers to get a firsthand experience of the R1S. The R1S is a great car for those looking for space, good looks, and versatility. It is also a great bridge between those who want something quick, dynamic, and fun, and those who want something more practical.

The R1S that was available for test drive was Forest Green with AT tires, similar to what the customer had ordered. The only difference was the exterior color - the customer had opted for white. The customer found the car to be very nice and wished his wife had chosen the green one.

The customer noted that there was quite a bit of noise coming from the rear drive unit, which reminded him of playing cards clothespined to his bicycle when he was 7 years old. This might be more apparent in an R1S since the drive unit is effectively in the passenger compartment rather than 'outside' under the bed as in the R1T. However, it wasn't a dealbreaker as his wife didn't even mention it.

The customer also wondered about cold weather range loss in Colorado (especially in the mountains). His guide thought it was probably only around 5%.

Overall, Rivian's First Mile Drive program is a great way for customers to get a firsthand experience of their upcoming vehicle. Customers can get an idea of how their car will look and feel before they take delivery. They can also ask questions about their car and get answers from knowledgeable guides. Additionally, customers can get an idea of how their car will perform in different conditions such as cold weather.

The customer was very pleased with his experience and is looking forward to taking delivery of his R1S. He is confident that it will be the perfect car for him and his family.

Rivian's First Mile Drive program is a great way for customers to get a firsthand experience of their upcoming vehicle. It allows them to ask questions, get answers from knowledgeable guides, and get an idea of how their car will look and feel before they take delivery. Additionally, customers can get an idea of how their car will perform in different conditions such as cold weather.

Overall, the customer had a great experience with the R1S. He was impressed by its good looks, space, and versatility. He also appreciated being able to ask questions and get answers from knowledgeable guides. The only issue he noticed was the noise coming from the rear drive unit, but it wasn't a dealbreaker. He is now looking forward to taking delivery of his R1S and is confident that it will be the perfect car for him and his family.

How can I get a test drive setup?

You can contact the Rivian customer chat service to arrange a test drive at the Rivian Denver Service Center. It is recommended to list a family member's Denver address in your profile to increase the chances of getting on the list faster.

What are you currently driving while you wait for your R1S?

We are currently driving a BMW M2 and a 2016 Grand Cherokee.

Were any of the R1S' there similar to the spec you ordered?

The green one we drove was identical except for exterior color. The other two R1S’s on the lot were a bit different - a white one with the bright wheels, and a limestone one.

What was your big takeaway from the test drive?

Our big takeaway from the test drive was that there was quite a bit of noise coming from the rear drive unit. It reminded us of when we were 7 years old and had playing cards clothespined to our bicycles. The Rivian rep suggested that he's heard that complaint from quite a few people, and this might be more apparent in an R1S since the drive unit is effectively in the passenger compartment rather than 'outside' under the bed as in the R1T.

Is cold weather range loss in Colorado significant?

According to our guide, cold weather range loss in Colorado is probably only around 5%. The R1S has a battery heating system that helps to mitigate range loss in cold weather.

What was the acceleration like?

Acceleration was impressive, with the R1S going from 0-60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. We were also impressed by the smoothness of the ride and the quiet cabin.

How did the suspension feel?

The suspension felt great, with no noticeable body roll or swaying when cornering. The air suspension is adjustable, so you can choose between comfort and sport settings depending on your preference.

Did you get a chance to try out the Autopilot feature?

Yes, we did get a chance to try out the Autopilot feature. It worked well, keeping us in our lane and adjusting speed as needed. We found it to be quite responsive and accurate.

What kind of feedback did you get from other drivers?

Other drivers were definitely curious about the R1S - they seemed to be impressed by its size and sleek design. We got lots of thumbs up from other drivers, which was nice!