2007 Kia Rondo: Good Word of Mouth
October 12, 2007
Here's how the conversation about our 2007 Kia Rondo unfolded:
Editor #1: Hey, have you driven the Kia Rondo?
Editor #2: Yeah, I drove it last night.
Editor #1: What'd you think?
Editor #2: Uh, well, what'd you think?
Editor #1 (After a long pause): Actually, I was surprised. I thought it was a nice little car.
Editor #2: (Relieved) I thought so too!..
Praising the Rondo doesn't make you cool. It's a goofy looking car from the outside, like a bar of soap that's melted on the side of the tub, said one editor. But here's the thing -- it's not a bad little wagon/suv/whatever. It has a slightly elevated driving position, enough power, O.K. gas mileage (I once got 26 mpg) and lots of rear cargo space (or a third row seat for emergency passenger overloads). Despite the dorky exterior the interior is pretty sharp and the build quality feels solid.
The Rondo (silly name, too) is often cross-shopped against the Mazda 5 which has the definite advantage of having a pretty sleek design. But if you look at the National True Market Value prices of the two vehicles the Rondo is $1,257 cheaper. There are many aspects to compare, but the price differential alone might convince some to at least test drive this mini-hauler.
Philip Reed, Edmunds.com Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 2,192 miles