This is a basic compact SUV. I have owned it (2009 model) for over 5 years and do not recall having major problems. The 3rd row is fine for occasional younger folk. You you are planning to ferry people in the 3rd row all the time, getting in and out is not a snap. The only wish I have is that they would continue making Rondos, for I do not think there is another car like this on the market.
Tired of having small sedans so looked for something economical but roomy. Found the Rondo, EX trim. Overall a good family car. Plenty of headroom and the kids have quit a bit of space in the 2nd row. Visibility is near-perfect in this car. Easy to see. Have the 3rd row which is a bit of a joke unless the person back there is about 8 years or younger. 3rd row easily flips down flat for a good sized load space. 2nd row folds flat too but it takes more effort. Great hauler for either people or stuff--just NOT AT THE SAME TIME. Tech is pretty sweet for an 09 vehicle. Touch screen display, navigation (solid), 8 speakers, heated seats, Ipod jack and interface.
overall room inside.
leg room, head room, heated seats, clean crisp stereo sound (LOUD if you like it that way), easy to drive and park.
smuggler's box in the back is cool.
full-size hatch opening allows for almost anything to be loaded into it.
handles well in the city or highway.
2nd row has a small set of vents for A/C and heat.
interior is filled with cheap, hollow plastic.
this isn't a good thing.
cheap materials means a cheap feeling overall.
what a shame b/c the rest of the vehicle is good.
plastic on the inside scratches, fades, warps, and breaks way too easily.
I'm assuming they fixed this with the new model however Kia didn't bring that to the US market.
had several issues with this car after buying it used (one owner).
can't even remember how many times we took it in to the kia place.
everything was covered by warranty but still....it is a pain to have to keep taking it in every 3 weeks.
bulbs on the outside keep burning out.
rough on brakes and tires.
I bought this car with 41,000 on it.i love how it handles it has lots of room its comfortable on long trips it fits 7 people with no problem with the 3rd row its a very quiet ride.i like the car it is built well to be a kia i was unsure about it before i bought it,but now it has impressed me :) it fits my family its good on long trips
its idiot proof it will not let you lock your keys inside got to love that.
the gas milege is not the greatest and if you come to a fast stop it has a slight shake in the wheel.