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#21 of 40 Re: 2014 Kia Rondo [lumberjack4]
Feb 27, 2013 (6:52 am)
I would presume so, the lower height is about the same as my Soul, which also has the high seating position and one of the main reasons I like it (and also the Rondo which I owned before). However, as I was unable to sit in it at the Toronto Auto Show so I can't confirm.
It does have much more flexible seating compared to the old model and a 2" longer wheelbase to help with interior space.
#22 of 40 Re: 2014 Kia Rondo [conwelpic]
Feb 27, 2013 (8:30 am)
Thanks conwelpic. Almost bought a Rondo in 2008, but really didn't like the front end styling -grille headlights etc - ended up buying a SUV (Santa Fe),
mainly to get a higher seat. We really just need a compact hatchback with
occasional seating for 5, and space for the dog in the back, but as seniors
with arthritic knees and hips, we need a higher seat for easier entry/exit.
This new Rondo looks very promising.
#23 of 40 Re: 2014 Kia Rondo [lumberjack4]
Feb 27, 2013 (8:40 am)
you almost fit my description as I too am a senior and wanted that higher seating with ease of entry and exit. However, I did buy the 2008 Rondo EX with the 2.4L, as at the time I just found the Sorento and Sportage too big a vehicle (bulk-wise) - still do.
I presume you are located in Canada
#24 of 40 Re: 2014 Kia Rondo [conwelpic]
Feb 28, 2013 (4:47 am)
Conwelpic my old friend, did you take these photos yourself? Well done, nice and clear with especially good lighting so we can see the details of the interior. Nice looking machine. I especially love the idea of a 6sp manual, about the only thing I wish our 07 and 11 Rondo's were available with. But no V6? It seems the movement to smaller engines is well underway.
#25 of 40 Re: 2014 Kia Rondo [bgw]
Feb 28, 2013 (3:24 pm)
hi, its been a while Yes I took those photos at the Toronto auto show. It was a bit awkward as it was locked with just the front windows open and surrounded with a glass fence. I was looking forward to going over it in detail due to my past ownership of one.
I was checking back and my '08 Rondo with the 2.4L was only 162hp at the time and never encountered any power problems with it but then mine was only a 5-seater model. I have heard rumours that a 2.4L maybe an optional engine but at a later time, but no confirmation on that. Still haven't see the Canadian specs for this new model but will post as soon as they become available to me.
Hard to compare old to new as they are so dramatically different vehicles, the only carry over is the name. That front windshield has a massive slope on it (one thing that really stood out to me when I first saw it), so they must have done extensive wind tunnel testing on it. It's the same height as my Soul, its the virtually the same length as the old one but with a 2" longer wheelbase which has got to help with interior room.
Mar 13, 2013 (8:50 am)
the all new Carens/Rondo won the prestigious Red Dot design award in Europe.
The new model is now in full production starting in February, so we should see it on our Canadian shores in the next month or two.
#27 of 40 2014 Rondo Canadian MSRP
Mar 26, 2013 (10:54 am)
Here's the MSRP for the Canadian models:
LX MT - $21,695
LX AT - $23,995
LX AT 7-seat - $25,195
EX AT - $26,995
EX AT 7-seat - $28,195
EX Luxury - $32,195
if any Canadians want spec details, let me know and I will post it.
#29 of 40 Re: new site [conwelpic]
Apr 07, 2013 (4:12 pm)
I just looked at the site you mentioned. Pretty nice vehicle! I signed up for more info. Too bad there isn't a V6, since both our Rondo's were V6's, but I wonder if the 6sp manual would be available in the EX? Hmmmmm.
#30 of 40 Re: new site [bgw]
Apr 08, 2013 (6:44 am)
Sorry but no V6 anymore, just one engine now the 2.0L Nu GDI and also the 6 speed manual will only be available in the base LX 5-seater model. The 6 speed auto does have the manual shift capability like the older previous transmission. However the new model is 300 lbs lighter than the previous one. I have full details info, so any specific question just ask.