Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Kia Rondo

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Kia Rondo

1. Handsome Body Replaces Ugly Old Sheet Metal

Yeah, the old Rondo is ugly. Its awkward proportions allow for seven seats but it’s devoid of any real style. This time, Kia did away with the dull looks completely. Still offered in either five or seven seat configurations, the new Rondo has a profile more akin to an overgrown hatchback rather than a minivan. It almost looks like a 12/10ths scale Volkswagen GTI from certain angles – especially in top-of-the-line EX trim.

The EX version also has a distinct premium feel to the exterior with upscale touches like LED taillights, LED accents in the headlights, HID headlights, 18-inch wheels and a dual pane sunroof.

  • MistyGreen

    Or just fly to Canada and come back with one! No one would ask any questions, I’m sure..

  • smartacus

    Coincidentally; i helped drive someone’s Kia Rondo to Atlantic City for Miss America Pageant weekend last month (somehow managed to get a 51st floor room in the Resorts Tower)

    It was a 2.4/auto and one of the last new 2010’s in the country.

    I really have nothing negative to say about it whatsoever, except perhaps fuel economy and power not so good from 75-95MPH. But for its intended purpose; it did its job.

  • Soundboy

    Several years back, I drove the previous Ronda as a rental in San Diego for a week. This was a V6 model and I was very impressed, except for the fuel economy. Technologies have changed much since then, and I think Kia is missing out if this new Ronda isn’t available in the US.

  • MistyGreen

    Hey, maybe if Kia brought it to the US, it would convince Mazda to keep the 5!

  • Mike

    Most other reviews complain that the ride and handling are still below par. Autoguide don’t seem to agree with this sentiment.

  • Mazda5 Owner

    No sliding side doors, no care… even if it does look pretty good.