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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
a smooth ride and an eerie absence of tire noise
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Composed and comfortable
high-quality interior design
better than average interior materials
The Rondo Kia for 2008 gets superior marks for comfort and interior quality.
Most of the reviews consulted by TheCarConnection.com have nothing but accolades for the comfort and quality of the Rondo. Kia’s new wagon, Canadian Driver says, "conveys a lot of qualities of much more expensive vehicles." While the reviewer reported that his car had a tendency to "clank over bumps," he attributed this to "ice stuck in the cracks" (no surprise during a Canadian winter).
ConsumerGuide's assessment is that "interior materials and assembly quality [are] impressive for the price, with leather seating appearing especially upscale...good head and leg room."
Storage is not a problem with the Kia Rondo according to Jalopnik, reporting that the interior has "more mystery compartments and fuzzy cubby holes than the Winchester Mystery House"; as for comfort, the car suspension is "geared towards multiple human comfort over taut steering response."
New York Newsday praised the adjustable seats. They "emerged remarkably ache-free after a couple of two-hour stints behind the wheel," but suggested that lateral support leaves something to be desired.
TheCarConnection.com’s take is that the Rondo's forte is people-moving--though it has enviable cargo capacity, too. The Rondo's third row is by no means a place for adults to sit, but there's space for two adults and five kids, or two adults, three kids, and a lot of cargo. Both the second and third rows fold forward for a flat loading floor, and the second row slides fore and aft for improved legroom, a little more cargo space, or more balanced legroom between the second and third rows. And there are plenty of cubbies for stuff, including a huge recessed tray below the cargo floor in back.
For the price, the 2008 Kia Rondo provides great space and good comfort.