2007 Kia Rondo: Unpretentious
March 12, 2008
Our long-term 2007 Kia Rondo defies categorization. For lack of a better word, we call it a people mover. Undignified, to say the least. Because it's not really a station wagon, and it's not an SUV, and it's not really a sedan, and it's not a crossover.
It just is. I wrote some time back that it's a car for people who don't like cars. Which, in hindsight, I feel is a trifle harsh. Because I like the fact that it can't be categorized. It's not trying to appeal to as many segments as possible, but what it does, it does very well. You can carry four people, maybe two adults and 3 kids, in decent comfort, and a bunch of groceries as well (or in my case, gear for a rehearsal). Its controls are simple. You turn it on and go. You want FM, punch the FM button. CD, the CD button. Flip on the lights, put it in D and go. It's just so straightforward and honest.
And yes, unpretentious. Get in and drive it and it does everything it does well. With no attitude and no claims to be anything other than it is. For people who just want to get around and carry some friends and their stuff, it's actually a great choice.
Doug Lloyd, Senior Copy Editor, @ 8,130 miles