2007 Kia Rondo Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor
April 24, 2007

By now you’ve probably seen Kia’s aggressive “Rondoism” campaign that includes terms like cabinosity, giddyupedness, and safety all-overness, with backdrops of rainbows, puffy clouds, and soulful singing. It’s weird, but memorable.


Yes, like its advertising campaign, the Rondo is a little…different. In a lot of ways, the Rondo — and its proportions — reminds us here at TheCarConnection.com of the Toyota Matrix or the now-defunct Suzuki Aerio, scaled up a bit in size to better fit the needs of most Americans.

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But there’s really no need to be cute, in words or appearance. All you need to do is open the door and glance inside. After that, the whole design makes a lot more sense; it’s clearly a case of conceiving the interior first then tailoring an exterior to accommodate it.


The Rondo is the most space-efficient vehicle we’ve driven in recent memory. In its very small footprint — 179 inches long and less than 72 inches wide — the Rondo is nearly a foot shorter than most mid-size sedans, yet it manages to fit seating for seven with cargo space to boot. We’re not talking about little jump seats in back, either; the third-row seats are large enough for small adults, if they’re willing to do a little scrambling to get back there, and the second row slides fore and aft nearly a foot to balance out legroom. The 50/50-split third row folds down to a perfectly flat cargo floor, too, so when they’re not in use there’s plenty of very usable space back there, while the 60/40-split second row also folds down. In all, there’s enough room for two adults and five kids — or two adults, three kids, and their cargo. MORE--



Nifty interior for seven

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