• (4.2) 24 reviews
  • MSRP: $2,446$8,218
  • Body Style: Station Wagon
  • Combined MPG: 22
  • Engine: 162-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
2008 Kia Rondo

Our Take on the 2008 Kia Rondo

Our Take

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 de... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • Compact minivan, competes with Mazda5
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Optional third-row seat


Our Expert Reviews

A faltering economy and robust fuel prices are certainly taking their toll on the automotive environment. Everyone, from major car companies to local dealerships, are feeling the heat.For average drivers, especially those with big families or young families, there's a whole new way of looking at their people movers. Money may be tight but they still favor a vehicle that has plenty of seats... Read full review for the 2008 Kia Rondo

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Consumer Reviews


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Beat out CRV

by Retired Larry from Spicewood, Tx on April 5, 2009

Our ‘03 CRV was a great vehicle with a good dealer, so that was the car to beat. We considered many vehicles with similar MPGs and cargo capacity. 1) xB had good capacity and interior fabric quality, ... Read Full Review

5 Trim Levels Available

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Our 2008 Kia Rondo trim comparison will help you decide.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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