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 d...
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!