Smooth Operator - 2007 Kia Rondo Long-Term Road Test

2007 Kia Rondo Long-Term Road Test

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2007 Kia Rondo: Smooth Operator

October 09, 2007

2007 Kia Rondo

After spending a few days in the 2007 Kia Rondo, I have to say, I found it surprisingly polished. Fit and finish in the cabin is pretty good for a vehicle in this price range. Handling is smooth and the crossover feels quite solid and well-planted.

Motivating the action in  our long-termer is a 2.7-liter V6 that generates 182 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque.

Our Rondo doesn't feel tremendously powerful (and it isn't, relative to others in this class); the situation isn't helped by the fact that its five-speed automatic transmission feels a bit slow to upshift on occasion. Still, there was enough juice to get the job done in most situations.

It's not the quickest little wagon/crossover/whatever out there, but the Rondo scores points for tackling its tasks in a reasonably refined way.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 2,016 miles

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