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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, frontal impact; five stars, side impact; four stars, rollover
handled emergency maneuvers...with refreshing predictability
The Rondo comes with a good set of standard safety features, including electronic stability control and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, plus front side and full-length head-curtain airbags. Safety features are quite good, too.
In federal tests, the Rondo earns five stars for frontal impact and four- and five-star results for side and rear impact. However, the Rondo hasn't been tested by the insurance-supported IIHS.
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."
MotorWeek notes that visibility in back isn't great for parking, saying "a backup camera is sorely needed."
Canadian Driver points out that the Rondo's stability and traction control system is sensitive to the point of being intrusive: If the "system senses some slip, it cuts some engine power...leaving you stranded at the corner," the reviewer reports. This can be a problem in snowy or icy conditions. 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 adding winter tires might be a better option.
The 2010 Kia Rondo should be a safe and secure family hauler.