EV Decide Score
Rivian R1S Expert Reviewby Ben Sullins (Oct 26, 2022)
EV Decide Score
- Large third row
- Storage with all seats folding flat
- Great handling and acceleration
- Lack of Android Auto / Apple Carplay
- Could charge faster given the larger battery
- Pricey but worth it
- Lack of simple buttons for HVAC and other key systems
Going 0-60 in 3 seconds with a full-size SUV is unheard of. On top of straight-line performance the handling is nimble and steering responsive. This really does feel unlike any other vehicle in it's class when you're driving it.
The R1S comes standard with 7 seats. The third row is nearly as large as a much bigger SUV like a suburban but is much shorter making it easier to drive and handle.
The storage in the R1S is over 100 cubic feet, which is more than enough for almost anyone. All the seats fold flat and the false bottom in the back has a little lip it sits on to make the entire space smooth.
In terms of the interior, the R1S is top tier, but it's not as nice as a true luxury SUV like a G-Wagon or Range Rover.
Although the one we reviewed was close to 100K, the new dual-motor variant will be below that 80K mark making it eligible for tax credits. And while 80K for a vehicle may sound like a lot, for what you get with the R1S, it's actually a great value.
While the charging network here isn't as good as the Tesla one, it's not terrible. Depending on where you live, using the public fast charging network might not be much more painful than filling up on gas.
With the right wheels and driving conservatively Rivian says that this vehicle can pull over 300 miles of range before running out of a charge. That might not be as much as some other ultra-high-end vehicles like the Lucid Air but for this price is top tier.
The charging tops out at 200kW which is good, but for the larger battery it means more time waiting to charge. Moreover, at home you're going to want to charge nearly every night due to the extended hours it takes to fill up.
The tech inside is still in it's early development stages. There's no support for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, meaning you're limited to the apps they support, which are few. Also the lack of buttons for key things like the HVAC systems means you're stuck fishing through menus for everything on the center screen.