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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
handled emergency maneuvers...with refreshing predictability
safety rating is almost perfect
New York Newsday
impressive number of standard safety features
New York Times
The 2009 Kia Rondo has all the expected safety equipment, and it’s standard not optional. Additionally, it’s done well in crash tests.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the Kia Rondo nearly perfect safety scores across the board. It scores five stars for front crash protection, five stars for driver-side impact protection, and four stars for passenger-side impacts and rollover resistance.
The New York Times reports that the "Kia has loaded an impressive number of standard safety features into this inexpensive family hauler, including electronic stability control, tire-pressure monitors, four-wheel antilock disc brakes and six air bags."
Canadian Driver isn't so fond of the 2009 Kia Rondo's stability and traction control, which is so sensitive that it becomes intrusive. If the "system senses some slip, it cuts some engine power...leaving you stranded at the corner." This can be a problem in snowy or icy conditions that are all too common along the northern tier and into the provinces. Jalopnik confirms this impression: "traction control kicks in if you push too hard, and causes an odd wha'happen sensation."
Fortunately, drivers can shut this feature off if necessary to get out of a snowy driveway, though TheCarConnection.com doesn’t recommend doing so elsewhere. Using different tires if you are driving in snow and ice might be the solution, as the stock tires have very little in the way of "grip."
The Kia Rondo for 2009 is a great value and safe for the family.