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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
bells and whistles you would expect from an expensive car
Lots of features for a low price
better equipped to carry toys than have too many built-in
offering a lot for the money
New York Newsday
This Korean company is generous when it comes to standard features on the 2008 Kia Rondo.
Amazingly, last year's model included a cassette tape player (what, no Victrola?). Thankfully for audiophiles, this has been replaced by an input jack for an MP3 player and other audio devices in the 2008 Kia Rondo, as reported by Cars.com.
Steering wheel controls that are found on many production vehicles today are convenient, but Canadian Driver found that on the 2008 Rondo Kia, these can be "intrusive during parking lot maneuvers," causing the driver to unintentionally make adjustments to the radio or climate control. This source also noted the lack of a telescoping steering wheel. Ultimately, the reviewer was able to adapt to this particular deficiency, but drivers with short arms should be aware of it.
The New York Times reports that the many features offered on the Rondo Kia represent a tremendous value, even when such features are optional: the base model starts at around $17,000, but even for a fully loaded Kia Rondo, this source states that one would be "hard pressed to spend more than $25,000..."
TheCarConnection.com notes that the warranty is another reason to consider the Rondo; Kia's coverage ranges up to 10 years or 100,000 miles on the powertrain.
Plenty of standard features are fitted on the Rondo; Kia also prices the options well.