2007 Kia Rondo Long-Term Road Test


2007 Kia Rondo: Of Rover and Rondo

November 08, 2007

Kia Rondo Interior -- Photo illustration by James Riswick

Sitting in thoroughly craptacular traffic last night, I began pondering what this button does. It's not one you see very often, and its placement didn't help me much. After RTFM, I had a head-slapping, "well duh!" moment. It's a windshield deicer.

Not exactly useful to me here in SoCal, but back in my Indianapolis and Toronto days, this would have been clutch. Kudos to Kia for putting a premium feature like this into the Rondo; a feature normally equated with vehicles like the Range Rover (pictured below).

Range Rover climate controls with windows deicer

I would say, though, that placing the button within the climate controls as Land Rover does would make a lot more sense than left of the steering wheel next to the stability control deactivation switch.

James Riswick, Associate Editor @ 3,020 miles

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