With that in mind, it's still interesting to know what owners of a newly launched car model think about it. The Rivian R1S has only recently started to be produced in larger numbers, although it has been around for a while. This is why owners are still curious to learn what owning and driving one means. Reddit user u/flyingdash shared his experience in the Rivian subreddit, and his post has become popular in a very short time.
Flyingdash placed his order three years ago, so taking delivery of the SUV caused a lot of excitement. Still, not everything was as he expected it to be. For context, this was his first electric vehicle, although not the first luxury car, coming from a 2018 Audi Q7. He also grew up in a family with the automobile in their veins. Flyingdash knew what he was buying, so we won't hear him complaining about Apple CarPlay or Android Auto support, which is non-existent at Rivian. Ultimately, he limited his opinion to three hits and three misses Rivian got with the R1S.
Although he started with the R1S's qualities, I'll mention the downsides first to get them out of the way. The first letdown was the infotainment system, even without counting smartphone integration. The main reason is the poor support Rivian offers for offline content. Although this can be fine for most, for those traveling in remote areas with poor cell coverage is a nightmare. Rivian markets the R1S as an adventure vehicle, but when the internet connection drops, you're left with streaming over Bluetooth. That is if you've downloaded content to your phone before the trip because the Rivian cannot play from external storage devices.
Flyingdash also criticizes Rivian's decision to remove the under-dash and trunk power outlets and the non-functional inductive phone charging mat. This restricts the options to charge a phone or use other devices in the car, primarily when one of the USB ports in the center console is used for the Gear Guard storage device. Wind noise is also a problem, as the R1S is significantly louder than the Flyingdash's Audi Q7 when traveling at speed. It's even louder than his wife's pickup truck equipped with similar tires.
Despite these issues, he would still buy the Rivian again if faced with the same decision. He knew from the start that owning an R1S would be like beta-testing for Rivian, and he's optimistic the EV startup would sort out most of the problems. Even if they won't, Flyingdash still loves how his electric SUV drives, especially the instantaneous acceleration afforded by the electric powertrain. Seats are the second thing he appreciates, being the most comfortable he ever experienced in any vehicle. Finally, he appreciates the Phone as a Key (PaaK) feature, despite many owners complaining about it.