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Taking The KIA NIRO For Test Spin

KIA NIRO Ride and Drive with Cory Steuben

In todays Munro Live episode, Cory Steuben takes the KIA NIRO out for a ride and drive through various terrain on his way home. Cory first points out that he likes the feel of the wheel and the interior of the KIA NIRO including the fit, finish, and quality of the vehicle.

One of the things that is different about the KIA NIRO is that the shifter is a knob where you turn it to put the vehicle in either reverse, park, or drive. Cory is a fan of doing things different, so this break from the norm is a positive in his books. Another added feature is that the car will make a beeping sound as you back up, similar to a truck.

Cory begins the ride and drive explaining that he endeavors to cover some features that are not covered in other videos. Munro in general takes a different approach to our analysis of vehicles which he explains in the video. We have done analysis and teardown of several hundreds of vehicles over the past two decades. What you see us cover publicly on our channel only represents a fraction of vehicles that we analyze on a regular basis.

An interesting point that Cory covers on the KIA NIRO, as well as EVs in general, is that the increased weight given to the car by the battery system, also give the vehicle a lower center of gravity which makes a tremendous difference in driving feel and handling.

The video goes on to cover things like cruze and driver assist, the intuitiveness of the internal features including infotainment, how it navigates highway, side streets, and even rough dirt roads. It will cover what it feels like drive and what you can reasonably expect from using it in a utilitarian way.

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To watch the full episode, click below:

Sandy Talks Ride and Drive on the 2021 Polestar 2 – Ep 4

Polestar 2 Ride and Drive Sandy Munro

Sandy Talks Ride and Drive on the 2021 Polestar 2 – Ep 4

Sandy takes the Polestar 2 for a spin in this fourth installment of Munro Live’s video series on this vehicle.

Sandy first navigates out of the back of Munro, pointing out that we are going to be tearing down in detail the Mustang Mach E that is sitting in our parking lot.  Sandy’s attention is then immediately drawn to the navigation/infotainment display remarking that it makes sense to him.

The rearview from a physical perspective is kind of tight, so Sandy says he will have to rely more on the camera and sensors. Sandy plays around with the one-pedal driving, explaining his experience there.

For his overall impressions though, please watch the video below:

Sandy Talks Ride and Drive Experience of the Mustang Mach-E Ep. 5

Sandy Munro Mustang Mach-E Ride and Drive Ep5

Sandy Talks Ride and Drive Experience of the Mustang Mach-E Ep. 5

Well Munro Live fans, we are coming to the end of this first series on the 2021 Mustang Mach-E with Sandy evaluating the vehicle’s Ride and Drive experience and it doesn’t fail to impress.  Sandy’s expectations were met, stating that, “it feels as fast (in terms of acceleration) as the Model 3 and Y” and that, “everything feels like it is in the right place.”

Sandy has no problem with the navigation systems unlike the Volkswagen ID.4 even though he was traveling to one of his most disliked and seldom traveled destinations – the mall.  Sandy, however, is not a fan of the placement of the Monroney sticker (the window label required on new cars) as it is blocking his vision when lane changing.

Sandy finally gets a chance to open up a little with the car and gets a real sense of what it can do, remarking that, “going 90 feels like 30.”  So far this is the most impressed with another EV that Sandy has been since the Tesla Models and even thanked his old team at Ford for bringing to the EV future a real Mustang experience.  He is so impressed in fact that he announces that he is going to tear apart and fully analyze one of these cars now.  Wait for it subscribers!  I think you will have a lot to be surprised and intrigued about.

Coming to the Great Lakes Crossings Mall, Sandy pulls up to a Charge Point DC Fast Charging station.  Sandy likes the fact that he can pull in frontwards as the placement of the charging port is at the front of the car.  But once he gets charging he is not impressed with the performance of the charging station itself – calling it, “not fast,” and, “a waste of my time.”

To watch the closing remarks and to catch all of the funny commentary moments in the drive itself, you will have to watch the video:

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: E5 – Ride & Drive – Whoa!

Volkswagen ID4 Ep5 Ride and Drive Sandy Munro

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: E5 – Ride & Drive

In this video, Sandy talks about the ride and drive experience in the Volkswagen ID.4 and whoa does it get a little crazy.

Sandy starts off backing the car out of the loading bay at Munro and he is pleased with the performance of the rear camera assistance.  However, from there, Sandy tries to set the navigation to see how the autonomous driving performs in the ID.4 with the goal of trying to get to a charging station.  This winds up not going well.

It should be noted that Sandy was also in a rush to complete this trek and then get back to another meeting, but the hilarity that ensues during his travails with the UI/UX of the Navigation system is priceless.

But we will let you decide what you think.  Watch here:

2021 Tesla Model 3: E3 – Sandy Learns How to Close Frunk / Ride & Drive

Sandy VS Frunk on Tesla M3

2021 Tesla Model 3: E3 – Sandy Learns How to Close Frunk / Ride & Drive

In episode 3 of Munro’s analysis of the new Tesla Model 3, Sandy examines the “Frunk” as well as gives some preliminary perspective on the ride and drive experience.

So… you have the frunk vs. Sandy for a good couple of minutes without any satisfactory resolution.  This is one aspect of the Tesla 3 that Sandy absolutely hates.  It doesn’t lock closed consistently and this is purely an engineering flaw and not a manufacturing error, which are the kinds of failures that Sandy absolutely detests the most.  Problems like this shouldn’t exist because they should be eliminated in the design or redesign phase.  Although having the frunk is a great idea and use of space, not having a consistently locking cover is not only annoying but will maybe also lead to some weather damaging the items you place in that compartment.

Moving on though, once Sandy begins to drive the car, he is happy with the experience.  Even on a usually rough road, such as the industrial road that Munro & Associates is located on, the car gives a very comfortable experience.  Sandy goes on to remark about wind noise and the upgrade in the windows.  Sandy goes on to remark the smoothness of acceleration and the overall feel that reminds him of a racecar/luxury car.

At the end we get a little story about Mercury cars, but you will have to watch to find out.  Click below to watch: