Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Kia Rondo

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Kia Rondo

4. Refined Ride

One of the biggest complaints directed at the old Rondo had to do with its rough, harsh ride. Nowhere was this felt more than in the back seats. This, too is gone in the new generation. The ride is much smoother and sound insulation has been improved greatly.  Hyundai and Kia products often suffer from a shimmying rear end over big bumps, but it seems the South Korean company tuned it here.

At 3,485 lbs. fully loaded, the Rondo is fairly light for a seven-passenger vehicle. This is evident on the road where its weight and a low center of gravity give it better handling than most three-row vehicles.

  • 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.