5 out of 5 stars
Great Car, Great Value!
on Tue Dec 01 2009
I purchased 4 cyl. LX without the 3rd row seat a week ago. Got it used with 12,500 miles on it. I can't gauge reliability based on one week, but our family took the Rondo on a 600 mile trip (each way) so I have some basis for judging the vehicle. Very smooth, great braking, comfortable and quite roomy, yet it has fairly compact dimensions. It's no sports car but it is fun to drive. Lots of storage compartments - this is a very practical and utilitarian car with decent fuel economy and great value for the money, with a lot of safety features. So far I get around 27 mpg highway.
I test drove a 2008 6 cylinder and there did not seem to be a great difference in power (2009 models have slightly increased HP and slightly better mpg for 4 cylinder). A little more power would be nice but I would not want to give up anything on fuel economy.
Base stereo sounds very good and Sirius, aux input and USB port are nice touches. Good visibility and it is easy to get in and out of. I looked at several vehicles and went with the Rondo based on roominess, utility and price. Warranty is a bonus, even when purchased used there is a 5 yr 60,000 bumper to bumper warranty.
Complaints are minor: when you open the hatch, dome light does not come on, and a cargo cover should be standard. Interior is well designed (I have black interior which looks very nice) but the plastic steering wheel is slippery and feels a bit cheap.
Overall, I am quite pleased with the purchase and would recommend the Rondo. I think this car would appeal to a number of people as an alternative to an SUV or minivan and might also appeal to some who might be shopping for a sedan.
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5 out of 5 stars
from Pocatello, ID
on Mon Oct 11 2010
We own Rondo 2009 LX with seven seats and I must admit that car has been really good and more than pleasant surprise. It's not the best car out there but it is in up there (I've owned and drove many different cars, from Yugo to Mercedes). It's not a luxury car but it is a practical car!
Looks: Well, it's not the prettiest car out there but definitely not the ugliest either. It's average for sure, but I think that looks were a compromise for practicality.
Practicality: As mentioned above, it is very practical. Second and third row seats can fully recline and that is very good and useful. I've moved many things in this car that would't fit in majority or other sedans and some SUV's. And that is impressive, since this car is not longer than many sedans and not much bigger either.
Five people can comfortably fit in first two rows (as in many sedans) but with more head and even leg room. And third row doesn't feel to cramp (for a average sized person on children).
Actually, there is more head (space room) per person here then in Honda Pilot (other vehicle we were considering) to my surprise. Pilot is bigger and with one more seat and little bit wider but actual feel in vehicles is quite opposite of what we expected. Rondo did feel more spacious.
Drive: Feels good to drive. 175hp is adequate and has no problem accelerating and passing when needed.
Feels safe and stable and is safe and stable. We live in Idaho in mountain areas and it can get quite windy too. Car handles all that well.
Does well on snow. Actually, not long after we got this car we were driving to a camp and it was late evening and got caught in a heavy snow storm, where snow was quite wet and slippery, and to make things worse we were diving uphill for some 2000 feet and this was my first time on that particular road. Well, we made it. Car did a great job, considering that it's not all wheal drive and ESP worked all the time and did a good job. We never lost control nor did we had to stop. Plus, all this happened with all season tires! So, that was the most impressive thing about it, if I had any reservations about this car up to that point, after that I had none.
Interior: Is simple but practical. Well built too.
I could tell more, but this is enough. Car is definitely worth considering and it's sad that Kia is not making them anymore. I guess people didn't realize how good this car is compared to many others.
Seriously consider this one!
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5 out of 5 stars
Best City Car I've Owned
by Urban Family Man
from New York, NY
on Sun Aug 05 2012
I bought a lightly used 2009 Kia Rondo about 4 months ago so it's too soon to comment on the vehicle's durability. So far, however, I am fantastically pleased with it -- though I can also see why Kia no longer sells the Rondo in the US.
The Rondo is a genuine 7 seater -- 3 rows of seats, with the 3rd row folding flat for greater everyday storage. The good...and the bad...is that there is very little room behind that 3rd row of seats when they are folded up as seats. Now for someone like me who lives in New York City, the Rondo is absolutely fantastic -- it parks in the same size spot as your average sedan while having more true seating. And as a parent with 3 kids, this means that everyone can truly have a seat without being sardined 3-across in the 2nd row.
However, if you live somewhere where there is an abundance of space, you'll probably want a true minivan that offers more internal storage in addition to that 3rd row. This is why I'm pretty sure the Rondo tanked in the US...and why it still sells OK in Europe.
As for the rest of the vehicle, it is what it is. I got the 4 cyl because it has the lower maintenance timing chain (as opposed to the timing belt in the 6) and haven't noticed it to be appreciably noisier or slower than the 6. Let's face it, both vehicles are gonna be slow and not super quiet. Gas mileage is also distinctly mediocre, even with the 4.
Ergonomics are great -- cup holders, pockets, everything seems to be just where they should be. The abundance of lighter sockets also ensures that you have power sprinkled throughout the vehicle.
Overall, if reliability holds up, this will be a fantastic vehicle that I'll hold on to for years.
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4 out of 5 stars
5 years and the Rondo is still great.
from northern NJ
on Wed Jul 22 2015
In 2010 I bought a 2007 Rondo with 36k miles on it.
Five years later -- and several ROUND TRIP drives from NJ to SW Florida the Rondo is flawless. It has adequate power (2.4 liter), LOADS of carrying space, decent mileage (29 highway), a comfortable driving position and is the most space efficient and PRACTICAL car I've ever owned. I've done nothing more than routine maintenance (oil, tires, battery) and not driven it like a fool. It's been great. And since it has a timing CHAIN not a belt, no expensive repair coming up. Kia still sells the car worldwide as the Rondo/Carens and it's still a big seller in Canada. I guess Kia decided to drop it in the US because it would be directly competing with their very own Sportage. If you want a good reliable car but don't want to break the bank I would recommend it. Like any other car, just do the maintenance. I haven't had to use the warranty. I bought it for price and have been VERY happily surprised with the Rondo.
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4 out of 5 stars
Practical Family Automobile
from Minneapolis, MN
on Sat May 21 2011
We purchased a 2008 Kia Rondo EX with the V6 two years ago after comparing it to the Hyndai Sante Fe, and Suzuki LX7. It's advertised mileage, and affordability was the determination.
Overall, it's been a great family car for the four of us. We do use our 3rd row on occasion and it works great for the kids. We have taken the vehicle camping several times, and driven to NY and NC (from MN) on two separate trips with great success. As long as you have decent tires, it makes a fine winter car.
There is nothing fancy about the Kia Rondo. It rides a bit like a minivan, but handles like a large car. We've enjoyed the leather seats, seat warmers, 6 CD changer (until it broke). The V6 gives you good power when needed, but if you are gentle, you can get almost 30 MPG.
I also installed a hitch receiver myself for a small utility trailer for more cargo space when needed.
We have had reoccurring issues with the dash lights not staying on when it is raining, which is freaky when you are driving at night. Kia has been unable to replicate it when we take it in, however, so that has been a constant annoyance.
Our family highly recommends the Kia Rondo!
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4 out of 5 stars
Love my Rondo
by Kia Convert
from Grand Rapids, MI
on Tue Nov 15 2011
I purchased a 2009 Kia Rondo that seats 7. It had very few miles on it, so it was practically new. It is a great car, very zippy, very affordable. No bells or whistles. I traded in a 2009 CR-V for it and that had loads of bells and whistles, but it couldn't seat 7. I really enjoy driving the Rondo. It handles well. I haven't had it in the winter yet. We'll see how it does in that. It does sit a little low, so I'm concerned about its performance in deep snow. We'll see!
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4 out of 5 stars
Solid reliable versatile wagon
from Dallas Texas
on Tue Jun 27 2017
We purchased this wagon pre-owned, one year old. We have owned it for seven years and have used it as a family vehicle and also my daughter used it later to commute to college. It performed well from the rainy weather of the Northwest to the heat of Dallas summers. AC is solid, no problems with an major systems at all. The Rondo is a great small family vehicle with the ability to seat five or seven and the option to use the hatchback for larger items when needed. We loved our little run run Rondo.
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5 out of 5 stars
Love my Kia - Hate the dealership (Bessada Kia)
by Anti Bessada Kia
on Mon Apr 10 2017
~ Do not buy from Bessada Kia~
I did some of research before I decided to buy my Kia Rondo. I have not been disappointed.
Even though it's a 2009 it is still running smoothly. It handles very well, is very comfortable and great on gas. I haven't had any issues, just the usual wear and tear. I love that it's so roomy for a small vehicle and can carry quite a bit when the seats are collapsed to widen the trunk space.
~Do Not Buy from Bessada Kia~
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5 out of 5 stars
Is great for what it is made to do!
from Rapid City, SD
on Wed Mar 04 2009
Very roomy, peppy, large back doors with great egress and ingress, lots of cubbies and storage space, nicely designed inside, great warrenty, cash back made it even easier to purchase and afford. This little car is great and is not meant to be a sports car, but does well what it is designed for. I totally reccomend it to anyone searching for a vehicle of this type.
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3 out of 5 stars
Good Value But Some Serious Flaws
from Cincinnati, OH
on Sun Aug 08 2010
We have the base V6 model that has no third row seating which we prefer. Great value and super utility. Seats 4 large adults easily. The second row seats fold down perfectly flat for lots of cargo space. Visibility is excellent as is the braking. Getting 4 wheel disc brakes, stability control, and side air bags on a base model is a great value.
But two characteristics are really irritating, both of which are related. The car is geared too low which is completely unnecessary given the peppiness of the V6 engine. The result is poor mpg for a car this size. We get only 23-24 mpg on highway driving. Mpg suffers dramatically at 70 mph.
The other annoying thing is that it will not shift into 5'th gear under 40 mph which results in it feeling like you are driving with the brake on. As soon as you take your foot off the gas pedal it slows down noticeably unless you shift to neutral or keep your foot on the gas. This wastes gas also.
These two issues take away from the fun of ownership. Check this out carefully when testing out this car.
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