In this first episode of the Hyundai Kona EV series, Sandy gives the viewers his first impressions of the vehicle. Sandy starts off with a walk around and some general comparisons between this EV and the KIA Niro. Sandy points out that between the Niro and the Hyundai Kona, the kilowatt hours are the same, seemingly uses the same battery, yet the Niro cost is higher. Moreover the electric motors have the same horse power, but the Niro has a 239 mile range and the yet somehow the Hyundai Kona has 258 mile range. For Sandy this is a major headscratcher.
There are some other similarities in styling between the Niro and the Kona, including one of Sandy’s favorite features – the charging plug located at the front of the car, making pulling into the charging station easier. It even has the added benefit of a light bar indicating the charge of the battery.
From a gaps perspective, Sandy finds the fit and finish to be of good quality. FFQ is something that Hyundai does well and the Kona is no exception.
Moving on to the interior, right off the bat Sandy is a fan of the steering wheel as well as the button placements on the console and screen on on the dash. Having the ability to sit in the car and instantly understand where everything important on the instrument panel and console is a major criteria that Sandy judges against when comparing vehicles. Design should be intuitive for function.
Sandy also likes the light placement for the mirror within the sun visor which, according to Sue, is a better to be from above than coming from the mirror itself. Sandy tries out the backseat and finds it surprisingly comfortable and is impressed by the French seams in the stitching.
Sandy moves to the trunk where he finds some surprise things that he likes and finally to the area under the hood, which he doesn’t like so much, but to find out what his pet peeves are, you will have to watch the video below:
In this episode of Munro Live, Sandy has been given a KIA NIRO to evaluate. Sandy first points out that the the vehicle definitely has a Korean look – that almost looks angry. That being said, for it’s target audience, that is just fine. Sandy’s general opinion of the vehicle is that it is a decent car and seems to have reasonable features. However, although utilitarian and functional, nothing completely stands out on this car.
From a Fit, Finish, and Quality perspective, KIAs used to be terrible, but now are excellent, including beating some luxury cars that we have benchmarked them against. The gaps that are noticeable on the doors are relating to design of the doors and are a choice.
Sandy’s first ding against the KIA NIRO is with the rear hatch not having an assisted open and close feature. Instead the NIRO is relying on you to manually open and close the hatch. Sandy is equally unimpressed with the trunk, especially the under the panel that is designed too small.
Sandy is happy with the KIA NIRO simple interior and the space is good. The doors also have a solid closing feel. He is especially happy with the infotainment system – showing the map right away. Instrumentation is simple and easy, if not dated. Sandy also likes the mirror configuration.
Sandy goes on to talk about the KIA NIRO charging port placement and the frunk… or lack thereof. KIA created a platform such that you can make the vehicle an EV, a Hybrid, or even an internal combustion. A one-size-fits-all solution. But to hear what Sandy’s opinion is, you will just have to watch the video. If you are a KIA fan or are looking to purchase this vehicle than this will be a good video for you:
In this episode of Munro Live, Sandy is lead by Chief Engineer Chris Mazur through the new Ford Maverick and all of it’s great details and features. Sandy himself says that this is a great intro to electric vehicles for your kid going to college or your own multipurpose EV.
From the interior to the exterior, performance to enhancements, and even walking through a prototype of the bed of the truck, Chris shows the audience everything a prospective buyer would want to know about this vehicle.
To watch the whole video, click on the link below:
Sandy Shares His First Impressions On the 2021 Import Polestar 2 Ep1
Diverging off the beaten path, Sandy has a look at an imported Polestar 2, which Sandy admits he didn’t even realize was something you could find in the USA.
Right away though, Sandy is impressed with the fit finish and quality of the car, remarking the the gaps are perfect. The viewers may be shocked to hear that Sandy has a lot of praise for the new Chinese-made vehicles. Munro has been working with Chinese companies for years and over roughly a decade, we have watched Chinese car manufacturers go from… hmm… questionable quality to superb builds from certain manufacturers – and this car seems to be in that league of excellence. Now, of course, this car is made under the Volvo brand which is known for safety and quality and it definitely shines through on this car.
From the seating and feel of the wheel, placement of the navigation and some wonderful finds in the trunk Sandy finds a lot to remark positively about. It isn’t all perfect though, Sandy finds a bunch of quicky things to comment on, like mirrors that are perhaps too small, and a hidden cup holder, but overall it is an impressive first look at the vehicle. watch the full episode below and be sure to follow this series for Sandy’s insights on the rest of the car.
Aptera Interview: Everything You Want to Know About This Ground-Breaking Vehicle
Sandy sits down for a video conference meeting with the creators and Co-CEO’s of Aptera, Chris Anthony and Steve Fambro.
Sandy starts off by complimenting the founders on the esthetics of this new generation of vehicle design. From there Sandy quickly gets into the meat of this vehicle including discussions on it’s solar charging capabilities including different climates/latitudes, the ability to charge the vehicle using just a regular 110V plug, performance, aerodynamics, skin cooling, and other cool tech, as well as there new manufacturing center upgrade and how to get involved with crowdfunding the car including discounts and incentives.
If you want to get a great sense of how this little gem of engineering works then I would highly suggest watching the full video here:
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