The Perfect Disguise - 2007 Kia Rondo Long-Term Road Test

2007 Kia Rondo Long-Term Road Test

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2007 Kia Rondo: The Perfect Disguise

April 08, 2008

Photo by Caroline Pardilla

I don't know why but every time I'm out driving around and I see a cop car, I get nervous as if, "The jig is up! They found me!" And then I'm ultra aware of every movement I make, trying to toe the line so that I won't get pulled over and arrested for...whatever. Yes, I just have an exaggerated respect for authority.

I was driving our 2007 Kia Rondo to work this morning when I had an encounter with a cop car.

I didn't see him at first as I was behind a really slow-moving Mercedes sedan. For a split second I thought about switching lanes to get around the slow poke but then I saw the cop car.

I decided to stick behind the Mercedes and act like I liked it there, driving 5 mph below the speed limit. Had I been in our 2002 M3, I'm sure he would have seen through my charade. But in the Rondo, I looked like a happy commuter on her way to work, not in a hurry at all: "There's no need to hurry when I could sit in my tall car enjoying my tunes and fiddling with the climate control."

Little did he know that in this unassuming vehicle was a girl who has a penchant for extra-legal speeds. He just happened to catch her in a quiet moment, in the Rondo. And for this disguise I was thankful. The cop moved on.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 8,651 miles

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