Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Kia Rondo

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Kia Rondo
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2. A lot of room in a little space

The 2014 Rondo isn’t a particularly large vehicle. At only 178.1 inches long and 63.4 inches tall, it’s fairly small for a seven-seater. For reference, that means the roof is is 4.5 inches lower than a Dodge Grand Caravan and the body nearly 25 inches shorter.

Despite the diminutive exterior dimensions, cabin space is surprisingly generous for passengers in the two front rows. Legroom for front and middle row passengers is 40.7 inches and 37 inches respectively while the third row is a tiny 27.8 inches. Headroom is also ample for the first two rows. Reserve the aftmost seats for children.

As mentioned, the 2014 Rondo is available in either five-seat or seven-seat configurations, both of which offer 65 cubic feet of total cargo space with the middle and back rows folded flat. Five seat Rondos still offer convenient under floor storage areas in the 32.2 cubic-foot rear cargo area, while the pop-up third row in the seven-seat Rondo reduces rear cargo space to just over eight cubic feet. There are also dual cubby bins built into the floor between the front and second-row seats.

  • 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.