2007 Kia Rondo: Blown Away (sort of)
November 25, 2007
Our 2007 Kia Rondo has one of the simplest and most logical climate control systems going. And it generally works great. But on a recent jaunt to the LA Auto show, it left me cold. Well, OK, mildly chilly.
You see I needed a bit of cool air circulating, but not so much that I could feel the breeze itself. At the lowest fan speed, there's still too much concentrated airflow and too many goosebumps. I couldn't aim the vents far enough away, and shutting the offending ones off completely (a) defeated the purpose by stopping circulation where I needed it and, (b) accelerated the flow through the remaining ones further still, creating more noise and annoying the passenger. Blending a bit more warm air in didn't do the trick either, as the breeze was still too strong.
During the summer, when too much A/C is never enough, this was never an issue. But on these in-between warm fall days with bright sun, I find that I need a lower "low" fan speed. Or a jacket.
Note: Ignore the settings above - the photo was taken on a different day.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 3,501 miles