Seating Stanley - 2007 Kia Rondo Long-Term Road Test

2007 Kia Rondo Long-Term Road Test

2007 Kia Rondo: Seating Stanley

February 19, 2008

This weekend, I had our long-term Kia Rondo and the pleasure of taking my husband, two of his cousins and our child out to dinner. Given that the Rondo is marketed as a family-pleasing shuttle, I seized it as an opportunity to assess the seating comfort of the Rondo when carrying more than just my little family.

The Rondo's Passengers
Adult female driver: Me, 5 feet 7 inches, slight build
Passenger #1: Stanley, Adult male, 6 feet 2 inches, medium build
Passenger #2: Muriel, Adult female, 5 feet 5 inches, slight build
Passenger #3: Hank, Adult male, 5 feet 9 inches, slight build
Passenger #4: The Toddler, 2-year-old female, average build, big cheeks

The Report
On the way to the restaurant, the seating arrangement (presented clockwise) was me in the driver seat, Stanley in the front passenger seat, Hank in the second-row seat behind Stanley, The Toddler in her rear-facing child seat in the center position of the second-row seat, and Muriel in the second-row seat behind me. We did not utilize the third-row seat.

No complaints came from the second-row seat. But Stanley found the limited front passenger seat legroom (with the rear-facing car seat preventing adequate rearward adjustment) unpleasant. On the way home, he decided to try his luck in the second-row seat behind me. This provided better legroom, but then hip room was tight, the culprit again being The Toddler's child seat.

Overall, the Rondo took on this challenge well and still managed to feel peppy when it needed to, though, I think that if my life required hauling this many adults more regularly, I'd want a larger vehicle, like a minivan or a crossover SUV.

Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, @ 6,304 miles

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