Rondo: Front-wheel-drive compact CUV

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Kia Rondo

The Kia Rondo is a surprisingly practical compact multi-purpose vehicle that has an optional third row seat and can accommodate up to seven people. Keep reading for more info.

Choosing a car that’s right for you has mostly to do with identifying your needs and requirements. If you need space and practicality, your options are usually limited to a station wagon or minivan. On the other hand, there’s a chance you don’t want to be seen driving a big, lumbering crossover utility vehicle, but you’d like the cargo space and usability of one. In that case, the perfect option for you might just be the five-door Kia Rondo, which straddles the line between crossover and minivan while offering pretty amazing standard and available features.

Gets You Where You Need To Go

Rondo comes equipped with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that generates 164 horsepower and 156 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s combined with a six-speed automatic, though the base model of the Rondo comes with a six-speed manual. The engine is geared for fuel economy rather than enjoyment, but that doesn’t stop the acceleration from being better than you’d expect. Fuel economy is rated at 10.1 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 7.6 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway. This means that the Rondo is adequately powered to get you around the city confidently and will cope on the highway as well.

Handling Worthy Of A Quirky Car That The Rondo Certainly Is

The Rondo corners well without roll and the suspension is able to handle rough pavement surprisingly well. This is mostly thanks to the rear torsion bar setup, which doesn’t intrude into the cargo space. As a result, the Rondo comes with amazing cargo space that’s more than doubled if you decide to drop the back seats down. It has more usable flat space than most midsize crossovers. The steering comes with a three-mode selector and has good feedback. When in “Comfort” mode, the input effort is very light. Switch over to “Normal” and you’ll feel a bit of weight being added, but there’s also “Sport.” The cabin is very comfortable and quiet overall, and the large low cowl windshield with side cutaways provides incomparably astonishing forward visibility.

Tech & Convenience Like A Much More Expensive Crossover

Kia has made a name for itself by slathering on features and the Rondo is no exception in that regard. Base models will include everything from keyless entry, heated side mirrors, with power locks, windows and mirrors. A higher trim level will also add things like the Eco drive mode selector, windshield wiper de-icer, driver’s lumbar support, cooling glove box, heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, rear view camera, voice activated Bluetooth, front and rear parking sonar, steering wheel controls and even fog lights. Talk about getting your money’s worth.

Unexpectedly Becomes A Part Of Your Life

While the exterior styling can be described as subtly refined, the Rondo is more likely to be one of those unassuming vehicles that find an unexpected way of painlessly inserting themselves into your life. It comes packed to the roof with technology and luxury but also has an insane amount of cargo space. If you happen to be an urban buyer, the Kia Rondo will be an attractive choice as a result of its compact size, so definitely keep this crossover on your mind if you’re in the market for something of such proportions.