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2008 Kia Rondo

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$1,560 — $7,452 USED
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5-7 Seats
22 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Manageable dimensions
  • Seating and cargo capacity
  • Tons of safety features
  • 10-year powertrain warranty

The Bad

  • Uninspired styling
  • Dowdy interior
  • Base model not as well-equipped as Mazda5

What to Know

about the 2008 Kia Rondo
  • Compact minivan, competes with Mazda5
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Optional third-row seat

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2008 Kia Rondo Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Breaking its segment’s trends, the Rondo has conventional front-opening doors and is much smaller than most other vans. It slots below Kia’s larger Sedona and competes with the other mini-minivan on the market, the Mazda5. Introduced in 2007, the only change for the 2008 Rondo is the deletion of the cassette player and the addition of an auxiliary input jack for MP3 players and other audio devices.

With an optional third-row bench, the Rondo can seat seven. The Rondo is available in base LX or top-of-the-line EX trim levels. Each comes with a choice of a four-cylinder engine or a small V-6.

Exterior
Unlike its Mazda competitor, the Rondo’s friendly face has few edges. A two-tier grille sits between large headlights, and openings at each side of the bumper can house optional fog lights. The lower bumper shows the Rondo’s only sign of aggression — a sharp air dam that’s probably bigger than it needs to be.

The Rondo LX comes with 16-inch alloy wheels and body-colored exterior moldings, while the EX has 17-inch rims and chrome moldings. An accessory body kit, which includes fender flares and ground effects, adds some visual flare.

At 179 inches long and 71.7 inches wide, the Rondo is slightly shorter and wider than the Mazda5.

Interior
The friendly styling continues inside, where round dashboard panels and rounder air vents greet the driver. The gauges and center controls have orange illumination. Although there isn’t as much sto...

Vehicle Overview
Breaking its segment’s trends, the Rondo has conventional front-opening doors and is much smaller than most other vans. It slots below Kia’s larger Sedona and competes with the other mini-minivan on the market, the Mazda5. Introduced in 2007, the only change for the 2008 Rondo is the deletion of the cassette player and the addition of an auxiliary input jack for MP3 players and other audio devices.

With an optional third-row bench, the Rondo can seat seven. The Rondo is available in base LX or top-of-the-line EX trim levels. Each comes with a choice of a four-cylinder engine or a small V-6.

Exterior
Unlike its Mazda competitor, the Rondo’s friendly face has few edges. A two-tier grille sits between large headlights, and openings at each side of the bumper can house optional fog lights. The lower bumper shows the Rondo’s only sign of aggression — a sharp air dam that’s probably bigger than it needs to be.

The Rondo LX comes with 16-inch alloy wheels and body-colored exterior moldings, while the EX has 17-inch rims and chrome moldings. An accessory body kit, which includes fender flares and ground effects, adds some visual flare.

At 179 inches long and 71.7 inches wide, the Rondo is slightly shorter and wider than the Mazda5.

Interior
The friendly styling continues inside, where round dashboard panels and rounder air vents greet the driver. The gauges and center controls have orange illumination. Although there isn’t as much storage space up front as there is in larger minivans, the Rondo does have some innovative solutions, including a dashboard shelf atop the glove compartment that strangely reappears to the left of the steering wheel.

Two standard rows of seats accommodate five. A third row can fit two more, though larger passengers won’t want to climb back there. The second- and third-row seats fold nearly flat, and Rondos without the third row offer several partitioned compartments under the load floor.

Standard features in the Rondo LX include power windows, locks and mirrors, as well as a four-speaker CD stereo. LX buyers should be aware of Kia’s tendency to leave the evidence where optional equipment would have gone; without the optional steering-wheel audio controls, for instance, the steering wheel features blank plastic buttons on its left side.

The EX adds remote keyless entry, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, and a six-speaker stereo, among other things. Further options include heated leather seats and an Infinity six-CD stereo.

Under the Hood
A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces 162 horsepower and 164 pounds-feet of torque; it works through a four-speed automatic transmission. Optional on either trim level is a 2.7-liter V-6, which makes 182 hp and 182 pounds-feet of torque. It uses a five-speed automatic. Both transmissions have a gated shifter with a manual-shift mode — something few drivers will likely use, given the type of car this is.

Safety
The Rondo’s full complement of standard safety features includes side-impact and side curtain airbags, four-wheel-disc antilock brakes and an electronic stability system.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.3
31 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(3.8)
Performance
(3.9)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

I couldn't be happier

by NJR from Salinas, CA on October 5, 2019

I bought a used 08 Rondo LX with the 2.7 This car is amazing. The style is Ok not great but this car will get up and go quick. Turns on a dime . needs little maintenance. It looks small but the inside... Read full review

(5.0)

It is the most reliable car I have ever owned. N

by Ylady from Bellingham WA on June 10, 2019

Never had a repair. Would buy another if being made. Good gas mileage. It’s zippy when merging into traffic. Good headroom for tall people. wonderful car. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2008 Kia Rondo currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2008 Kia Rondo has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Rondo received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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