2007 Kia Rondo: Cool It Now
June 23, 2008
Temperatures in Southern California this weekend were in the 90s and 100s. Hooooowee, that's hot! Not the best time of year to grab the keys to the big greenhoused long-term Kia Rondo, it turns out. I confirmed that that big space can be hard to cool down...
Up front, we were able to pretend we felt cool by directing the vents so the air hit us directly wherever we could get it. And thankfully for rear-seat passengers, there are rear seat vents, so I felt free to be a front seat vent hog. But all that glass and airy passenger space which makes for great visibility (one of my fave Rondo traits) also makes for a long cool-down time. Additionally, cranking the fan up to high didn't do much; not a whole lotta power coming out of there. I had to use max A/C most of the time we were in the car.
I've seen consumer reviews from RondOwners who suggest that Kia offer tinted windows, and I agree with them 100%. Any car that's baking in the sun under triple-digit temps is going to be hot hot hot (especially right when you get in it), can't get around that. But in the sizzling Rondo, I'll take any little bit of help I can get.
Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com @ 10,874 miles