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Kia Rondo Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 162 hp @ 5800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/26 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2007 Kia Rondo

  • Essentially a compact minivan, the 2007 Kia Rondo is one of only a few vehicles in this segment currently on sale in the U.S. Though the little van does offer a compelling combination of versatility and value for smaller families, we're unsure if Americans are willing to forgo Siennas and Odysseys in favor of the Rondo.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Many features for an affordable price, choice of four- or six-cylinder engine, optional seven-passenger seating, long warranty coverage.

  • Cons

    Cramped third-row seat, adequate but not compelling performance.

  • What's New for 2007

    Although it's been on sale in other parts of the world under a different name, the 2007 Kia Rondo is all new for the U.S. Its proportions are more like a small minivan, but Kia is calling the all-new 2007 Rondo a sporty crossover vehicle.

Full 2007 Kia Rondo Review

What's New for 2007

Although it's been on sale in other parts of the world under a different name, the 2007 Kia Rondo is all new for the U.S. Its proportions are more like a small minivan, but Kia is calling the all-new 2007 Rondo a sporty crossover vehicle.


Kia calls the all-new 2007 Rondo a crossover utility vehicle. Essentially a mini-minivan, the Rondo offers much of the flexibility and passenger-hauling abilities of a larger minivan without the not-so-mini size and price tag.

For shoppers with smaller or young families, the vehicle's low base price (under $20,000) and seven-passenger seating option make it impossible to ignore. Both the second- and optional third-row seats fold flat for maximum cargo carrying, and the third row has a 50/50 split. Accompanying those folding seats are an abundance of cupholders and storage bins that make the Rondo's interior that much more useful.

These smaller "space wagon MPVs" are quite popular in Europe and Asia. In fact, the Kia Rondo has been on sale as the Kia Carens in these markets. Older variants of that vehicle received tepid reviews in the past but Kia has clearly applied its affordability/value formula to the redesigned Carens, and that carries over nicely to the Rondo. Foreign reviews tout the compact minivan as a "bargain," which makes perfect sense given what we know about Kias sold here in the U.S.

It's hard to nail the Kia Rondo down to a specific vehicle category but its closest competitor would have to be the Mazda 5. The Rondo is slightly taller and wider than the Mazda and it offers the choice of a four- or six-cylinder engine. Other competitors might include the Chevrolet HHR, the short-wheelbase Dodge Caravan or perhaps a crossover SUV like the Toyota RAV4 Limited with its third-row seat.

In the end, we expect that most customers will cross shop the 2007 Kia Rondo with more traditional wagons and sedans. If spending as little money as possible, seven-passenger seating and a nimble size are your highest priorities, you should add the Rondo to your short list in a hurry. However, if you're willing to pay a little more in exchange for a truly roomy interior, a Honda, Toyota or even a Kia minivan would probably work better for your family.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2007 Kia Rondo is offered in LX and EX trims. Base LX models feature 16-inch alloy wheels, a CD player, full power accessories, a height-adjustable driver seat and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. All Rondos come standard with air-conditioning except the base LX. EX versions add interior features like upgraded cloth covering the seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, lighted vanity mirrors and an MP3-capable audio system with additional speakers and steering-wheel-mounted controls. Exterior enhancements on the EX include 17-inch wheels, chrome door handles, roof rails, body-side molding and a crossbar on the grille.

Options include a third row of seating, a convenience package on the LX and a leather package and Premium package for the EX. The LX Convenience Package includes remote entry and cruise control. The EX leather package adds heated leather seats and the EX Premium Package adds an upgraded Infinity sound system and a sunroof.

Powertrains and Performance

All Kia Rondos are front-wheel drive and are equipped with either a four- or six-cylinder engine. The Rondo shares its basic mechanical architecture with the Kia Optima and therefore has the same engine choices. Four-cylinder versions come with a 2.4-liter inline-4 and a four-speed automatic transmission. That engine is good for 162 horsepower and 164 pound-feet of torque. The V6 displaces 2.7 liters and comes with a five-speed automatic transmission. That engine is good for 182 hp and 182 lb-ft of torque, which is slightly less powerful than the same engine as found in the Optima. Even though the option of a V6 will appeal to many buyers, that engine is still smaller and less powerful than those in many of the vehicles the Rondo will be compared to. Those who want a little more control will be happy to know that both transmissions feature a Sportmatic feature that lets the driver select their own gear.


All Kia Rondos come with plenty of safety features. Front-seat mounted airbags, side-curtain airbags for all three rows, electronic stability control, antilock disc brakes and a tire-pressure monitoring system are all standard.

Interior Design and Special Features

With the Kia Rondo, the most unique or special feature is the fact that the somewhat smallish wagon/van offers the option of seven-passenger seating. Having that kind of flexibility will certainly be a selling point for some shoppers. Adding to the Rondo's versatility is the fact that the second-row seats split 60/40 and can fold flat into the floor. The optional third row of seats split 50/50 and can also fold flat, giving the Rondo a completely flat floor when cargo-hauling is needed. Be aware, however, that the third-row seat is very cramped and is suitable for small children only.

Driving Impressions

Although the 2007 Kia Rondo feels adequately powered off the line, passing power is somewhat lacking with both the 2.4-liter four and the V6. The V6 especially seems to run out of breath as the revs climb, and the manual mode on the automatic is needed for any sort of spirited driving. While not the most powerful engines on the block, both deliver smooth acceleration and are quiet when cruising on the highway. Thanks to quick steering, the Rondo can feel somewhat sporty, although there can be excessive body roll when cornering.

Read our Kia Rondo Long-Term 20,000-Mile Test

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

Best mpv

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Vehicle: 2007 Kia Rondo LX 4dr Wagon w/Popular Equipment (2.7L 6cyl 5A)

I love my Rondo, it is small, at the same time spacious. We got it on March 2014 and we have loved it. If you like a car small for many people, get yourself a Rondo. We got the V6 and the power is incredible. For just our LXV6 we have a lot of safety features, as convenience and comfort. Our only problem is the uncomfortable third row seat for an adult, if you are using the third row for children, it is going to work well. There is a very small cargo space when using the third row seats, but there is a lot of storage spaces around the car.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The real "smart" car!

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Vehicle: 2007 Kia Rondo LX 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

Have over 150k on my 07 Rondo with no mechanical issues ever! Been a flawless car, functional, comfortable, safe and reliable! If you're into funtion/practicality-this is the used car to choice! The 2.4 has the no maintenance timing chain, bullet proof 4 cylinder and simple 4 speed! 70% high strength steel/3300 lbs-about as light as you want to go! Can see 30 mpg on Highway! This year and newer is when the Koreans made the turn to world class quality folks!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Did my homework and it

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Vehicle: 2007 Kia Rondo LX 4dr Wagon w/Popular Equipment (2.7L 6cyl 5A)

I bought my used 2007 Kia Rondo LX a month ago after doing alot of on line research. I drove new cars and other used cars but the moment I got in the Rondo I fell in love. I have not had a new/newer car for many years and I certainly made the right choice. The exterior is fun looking, the interior is roomier and nicer than anything I thought I could afford. It runs and drives like a dream. I love the way it handles, I love the pick-up and especially the gas mileage! I'm getting 29 mpg and I live in an area where my daily drive is climbing up and going down hills. I would recommend this car to anyone.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Mixed bag

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Vehicle: 2007 Kia Rondo LX 4dr Wagon w/Popular Equipment (2.7L 6cyl 5A)

I bought my Rondo new and it is currently 3.5 years old and has 64,000 miles. I really like the car, but it has had some issues. Here is what has been replaced on the car: rack and pinion unit, power steering, cam-balancer, and the transmission. kia has largely stood behind their product in spite of these issues. However, they were going to deny the warranty claim on my transmission b/c I had changed the fluid with Synthetic Trans. fluid. If I hadn't had a Kia insider as a friend, I would have been in trouble. I think this is a violation of the Moss-Magnasun act b/c they insisted they would only cover Kia fluid. But, I digress. Love the car, wish it didn't have those issues.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Love my ronda

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Vehicle: 2007 Kia Rondo LX 4dr Wagon w/Popular Equipment (2.7L 6cyl 5A)

I bought my Ronda in October of 2010. Didn't like it at first, but then fell "in love with this car". Every day that I drive this car I love it more. Very good gas mikeage in the city or on the highway. Would recommend this car to anyone. Very good for the money value. I definitely would buy another Kia Rondo.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Best car i've ever owned

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Vehicle: 2007 Kia Rondo LX 4dr Wagon w/Popular Equipment (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

Gotta say I'm shocked at some people complaining about their Rondo. My 2007 Rondo LX is the best car I've ever owned -- better than my Pontiac Vibe, Acura Integra, 99 Rav4, Chevy Prizm or many Corollas. Car is the most versatile thing on the road, comfortable, good balance of power and decent gas mileage. Have had no problems whatsoever after 3 years 40k miles. LOADS of safety features (6 airbags, antilock brakes, skid control). Can't beat this car w/out spending $10,000 more. Only thing I don't love about it is of the 4 doors plus hatchback, there is only ONE keyhole. Annoying because if someone opens the other doors from the inside alarm goes off & ignition is killed until you "beep" in

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Gas Mileage


  • 19
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  • 26
  • highway
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