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#161 of 219 2008 kia rondo
Aug 09, 2008 (11:08 am)
I recently rented a 2007 kia rondo 2.7L v-6 ( no 2008's were availiable) for a trip to the beach. It had 28000 miles on it , and it felt like warped rotors up front on hard braking. I averaged 23 mpg with 50-50 city /highway driving. The highway driving was 70-75 mph. I'm thinking of buying a 2008 rondo, but am torn between the 2.4L 4 cyl and the 2.7L v-6. Does anyone out there have any real world mlieage and experience with the 2008 rondo's?..thanks.... palko
#162 of 219 No 2008 experience to offer...
Aug 09, 2008 (12:20 pm)
....but my 2007 Rondo with the I-4 engine would have most likely have gotten around 26 mpg with the kind of driving you described.
If you are leaning toward the I-4, and can wait, think about getting a 2009. The 2009 I-4 apparently will come with 13 more horsepower and equal if not better mpg than the 2007 or 2008.
#163 of 219 Re: 2008 kia rondo [palko]
Aug 09, 2008 (2:53 pm)
I have the 2.4L and currently over 13,000km on it, I've tracked my mileage for every fill up and its varied from a low of 26mpg (imperial) (only happened once in the dead of winter under very bad conditions) to a high of 39mpg (this has happened a couple of times, recently on my last fill up which was the longest time between fills - nearly 600km and the low fuel light had not come on). My general runaround mileage is around the 32-33mpg. (I should add that I live in the country)
I did notice that once the vehicle had gone around 7,000 - 8,000km the mileage seemed to improve.
2008 Rondo EX 2.4L
#164 of 219 Re: No 2008 experience to offer... [garnermike]
Aug 13, 2008 (9:37 am)
Thanks for your reply. Does your i-4 have enough horsepower to accelerate adequately in the higher speeds of 50-75 mph? Also how did you get info about the 2009 rondo? I called the KIA consumer center and they couldn't provide me any info. Thanks..palko
#165 of 219 Re: No 2008 experience to offer... [palko]
Aug 13, 2008 (10:13 am)
The Car&Driver September issue says that the Rondo will get the same increase in hp on its 2.4L engine as the 2009 Optima will get (162 + 13 = 175) via a refined Theta engine.
What is or isn't adequate acceleration is a very subjective measure. I have realized a little more get-up-and-go at all speeds in my Rondo I-4 by adding a K&N air filter, to the point that I am very satisfied with its acceleration.
If there's one thing I have learned through my 58 years on this earth (with 50 of them being a "car guy") it's that car manufacturers and their dealers are often the last to learn of --and to dispense-- info on future models.
#166 of 219 Re: No 2008 experience to offer... [garnermike]
Aug 13, 2008 (7:33 pm)
I totally agree with your comments, I find the acceleration on my 2.4L more than adequate and I've accelerated from 110kmph up to 130kmph with 4 adults on board and luggage without any problem, but like you say its subjective as it all depends on what you are used to and what you expect.
In my case, all I know is that out performed my previous vehicle with a 2.8L V-6 under all circumstances (and that vehicle was lighter), so that was plenty good enough for me - to someone else it may not be enough.
Most of my years of owning a car (45 years so far) that the vast majority of them have been four cylinders and this one is one of the best - quiet, smooth and lots of power and very good on gas and it sounds like it could be even better for 2009.
2008 Rondo EX, 2.4L
Aug 17, 2008 (6:45 am)
Newest EPA mpg estimates for the 2009 Rondo show an increase in mpg over 2008 Rondo (27 vs. 26 hwy and 20 vs.19 city). Small but documented change, arguably coming from I-4 engine refinements.
#169 of 219 Re: 2008 kia rondo
Aug 23, 2008 (3:58 pm)
In July I hired a new 2.4L Rondo for a week. I've just worked out the fuel consumption for that period during which I covered a shade under 3000 miles through the Cascades and Rocky Mountains. It came to a creditable 29mpg, to put that in perspective: it was very lightly loaded, it was largely at steady speeds of around 70mph and I used the air conditioning as little as possible.
I normally drive much smaller cars with a manual transmission so the Rondo felt unresponsive by comparison. There is plenty of power there, I'm just not used to having to wait for it to make it's way through a torque converter and then for the gearbox to realise it ought to change down.
#170 of 219 That is outstanding mpg
Aug 24, 2008 (6:35 am)
I presume by new you meant 2008 (not sure the 2009 are around yet)? The last longish trip with our Rondo only did about 27 as I recall.