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Moving people and their stuff around in relative comfort is what the 2010 Kia Rondo does best; although a third row of seating is available, it’s designed for children, not adults. Overall, the seating arrangement is fuss-free and helps maximize space, with the second row sliding fore and aft for better access to the third row or a better balance of legroom between rows. Storage space hasn’t been forgotten either; there are lots of small cubbies, along with an impressive recessed tray below the cargo floor. The materials used in the Rondo aren’t that impressive—they’re definitely of the type you’d see in a cut-rate small car—but it feels well put-together and has a smooth ride, free from excess road or wind noise.
The Rondo comes with a good set of standard safety features, including electronic stability control and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, plus front side and full-length head-curtain airbags. Safety features are quite good, too. In federal tests, the Rondo earns five stars for frontal impact and four- and five-star results for side and rear impact.
Value for the money is a strong reason to consider the 2010 Rondo, which has one of the better new-car warranties and a strong list of standard features. Kia's coverage ranges up to 10 years or 100,000 miles on powertrain and 5 years/50,000 miles on almost everything else. Even at the base level, the Rondo comes with power windows, locks, and mirrors, and the LX adds air conditioning and a roof rack, among other features. Third-row seating is included with the top-of-the-line EX, which also gets 17-inch alloy wheels, plus fog lamps, upgraded upholstery, keyless entry, and an upgraded sound system.