Last post on Oct 21, 2008 at 4:16 PM
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Kia Rondo, Wagon
Long-Term Introduction: 2007 Kia Rondo - We have high hopes. A full year in our hands and our driveways will certainly paint a clearer picture of what the Kia Rondo has to offer. Does it have the power to surprise? Stick with us on the long-term blog for the next 12 months and 20,000 miles to find out. (more)
#9 of 16 Impressed with this Rental
Oct 17, 2008 (5:41 am)
I had to rent a Rondo from Enterprise to get my daughter off to college this year. When they told me a 'Rondo' was the only minivan they had, I laughed. Then I started loading this little baby and was shocked at the space, compartments under seats and overall utility this possessed.
Driving it, well, I was impressed. I pushed it hard through the highways of the Northeast and the back roads of Maine and got 26 mpg. The V6 was more than enough and the ride was very compliant with a very smooth drivetrain. The interior is very well put together and there are no rattles or quality issues whatsover. VERY WELL BUILT and it feels that way. Hyundai/Kia is really putting some very good feeling products out there.
To sum up, the Kia impressed me and if it looked a little less stodgy it would likely sell even more. Forget everything you thought you knew about Kia's. This felt like a Honda in everyway(and I'm a Honda owner).
Oct 17, 2008 (7:54 am)
I'm sad to see this little critter go; it was one of my favourite long-term cars. If I had a family or needed the space, this car would be at the top of my list. Even though people say it's bland, I find the styling quirky and almost European, which is appealing.
#12 of 16 Re: Defogger Switch ? [klossfam]
Oct 17, 2008 (10:43 pm)
Klossfam is right...That button on the left is the de-icer not the defogger.
Oct 18, 2008 (8:58 am)
From the time I first spotted a Rondo about a month before its official introduction, I knew Kia had designed a uniquely pratical and functional vehicle. I helped one of my employees purchase one about a year ago & it has lived up to expectations. Way to go Kia!
Oct 18, 2008 (2:17 pm)
12 month/20000 is not a whole lot to go on for reliability honestly, how about a least 3 years. This test should be renamed "short term reliability". Not to many brands give headaches in their first year.
#15 of 16 Re: [nissan_rocks]
Oct 19, 2008 (4:57 am)
I agree that 12 months is not generally long enough, but tell that to my Civic Si that needed 13 trips to the dealer in the first 6 months, for varying problems, and several dozen more trips over the next 3 yrs I owned it.
My 07 Rondo, however, has only needed oil changes.
But yes, a test of more than 12 months would be very informative.
Oct 21, 2008 (4:16 pm)
little too blah for me... I'd rather take the Mazda5 over this one.