Feartastic! - 2007 Kia Rondo Long-Term Road Test

2007 Kia Rondo Long-Term Road Test

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2007 Kia Rondo: Feartastic!

June 20, 2008

What makes the Rondo feartastic?

Well, it's not dissimilar to the Fit in the acceleration category. That is, if you yanked out the Fit's sewing machine motor and dumped in a 500ci V8 from a 1970 Eldorado. And strapped on a blower. What it may lack off the line, it more than makes up for once you're up to speed.

Kicking down two gears summons power than is completely unnecessary and will put you into the triple digits before you can curse someone else's mother.

It also compares to the Fit in terms of handling. If you put a 500 pound dumpster to the roof of the Fit. And filled the dumpster with 500 pounds of moldy cantaloupes. You see, the Rondo weighs a staggering 1000 pounds more than the Fit. And where the Fit is happy to bound and dance through corners, the Rondo makes like it's about tip over and scatter your moldy melons all over the road. I can't imagine how frightening it looks from the outside.

So now that you're barreling towards your favorite corner, a corner you've sped through a hundred times in the trusty Fit, you suddenly realize that the Rondo's going a thousand miles an hour and is on the verge of tipping over. This is more than a little scary, but also more than a little fun! It's feartastic!

I wonder if it'll do a burnout...

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 10,605 miles

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