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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
Kia is generous when it comes to standard features on its cars, and the 2009 Kia Rondo is no exception.
The standard sound system includes an input jack for an MP3 player and other audio devices, and for 2009 there’s a new optional system with Sirius Satellite Radio capabilities, complete with three months of complimentary service. An iPod cable is offered as an option. With the Premium Package on EX models, an eight-speaker Infinity sound and navigation system, also new for 2009, become available. Standard on all EX models are steering wheel-mounted audio controls, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, leather trim, illuminated vanity mirrors, heated seats, and metal-finish interior door handles.
Canadian Driver notes the lack of a telescoping steering wheel in the Rondo. Ultimately, the reviewer is 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."
The warranty is another reason to consider the Rondo; Kia's coverage ranges up to ten years or 100,000 miles on the powertrain.
Plenty of standard features are fitted on the 2009 Kia Rondo, and several must-have options are newly available.