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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
Most of the reviews consulted by TheCarConnection.com have nothing but accolades for the comfort and interior quality of the 2009 Kia Rondo.
ConsumerGuide concludes 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.”
New York Newsday praises the adjustable seats. They "emerged remarkably ache-free after a couple of two-hour stints behind the wheel," but suggest that lateral support leaves something to be desired.
Most sources have positive things to say about the ride quality inside. However, New York Newsday reports that the "Rondo's ride was almost always comfortable," though noting that when driving over some rough pavement at highway speed, the Rondo Kia is "a bouncing and unpleasant place to be." On the other hand, Jalopnik reports a cushy ride, saying that the suspension is "geared towards multiple human comfort over taut steering response," but doesn't report any of these unpleasantries.
Ride quality in TheCarConnection.com’s experience with the Rondo is very soft but absorbent rather than bouncy.
TheCarConnection.com’s take is that carrying humans is what the 2009 Kia Rondo does best, but it also has the enviable ability to carry cargo as well. The available third row, as in many of its competitors, is designed for little people, not adults. There is 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 2009 Kia Rondo provides lots of versatility and comfort.