Getting In, Gassing Up. - 2007 Kia Rondo Long-Term Road Test

2007 Kia Rondo Long-Term Road Test

2007 Kia Rondo: Getting In, Gassing Up.

May 07, 2008

The Kia Rondo has endeared itself to many of our staff because of its pleasant personality. Believe it or not, most of the time we're not blazing around a race track or tearing down the quarter mile. Like most folks, we're usually either commuting (i.e. slogging) through "rush hour" traffic or running errands. The Rondo is smooth, quiet, roomy and comfortable. It's also easy for shorter people to get in and out of thanks to its low step-in. Though it may look like a compact crossover SUV, the Rondo is actually a tall wagon (AWD is not available) so the step-in height (measuring at 13 inches to the door sill) is lower than your typical crossover's. Just another way the Rondo reduces hassles.

We're overdue on a fuel mileage update (keep in mind that many of these miles are amassed in L.A.'s perpetual gridlock) so here ya go:

-- Best tank to date: 26.98

-- Worst tank to date: 14.27

-- Lifetime average: 19.2 mpg.

EPA's numbers come in at 18 city / 26 highway / 21 combined.

Regarding the busted rear window, it's been replaced. The total cost was $389.57 ($289.57 for the glass and $100 for the install labor). Rumor has it that Mr. Sadlier has taken an axe to the offending and foolishly located cabinet that was the undoing of the Rondo's original rear window.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 9,115 miles.

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