2007 Kia Rondo: Swan Song
September 17, 2008
I was offered the chance to drive the Rondo on its last night, provided I wash and gas it before we give it back. I hadn't driven the Rondo at all so I thought it fitting that I drive it on the last full day it's here.
I liked the tall glasshouse design as it really made me feel I was driving something like the Popemobile. All that light being let in really brightened up the cabin. I also liked the torquey engine. Though I don't think the tires were up to the talk. In fact, during a freeway merge at moderate acceleration the tires were squealing so much that it freaked me out and I backed off hard from the gas pedal.
I took the car to get washed the next morning only to find a treasure trove of glass bits in the third row. A legacy of an accidental parking job.
It was a little strange to watch the guys wash the car down knowing it would be leaving us forever. I had hardly known our Kia but I think I'll miss it.
Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer @ 22,606