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Canadian Driver apparently took our "Where's Rondo?" challenge, found one of the mysterious Kias and wrote an in-depth review. Their opinion? They deem the Korean-made people hauler "a surprisingly likeable family vehicle."

The review says the Rondo is bigger than its direct competition (PT Cruiser, Matrix, Mazda5), has a more powerful available engine (182 HP, V6), can seat up to seven (one more than the Mazda5, two more than the PT), and has much more interior space. The Rondo even uses less fuel than all those others (25/34 for the I4, 24/36 for the V6). The biggest criticism is the oddly-designed exterior.

Even more odd, is that you still can't find the Rondo on Kia's U.S. website, not even in their media offerings. However, if you want a tiny bit of information, Kia's Canadian site has a few photos and a short description that ends with "Available in dealerships in December 2006."

So where's Rondo? Looks like it's in Canada, headed our way.

[Source: Canadian Driver]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I think this kind of vehicle is perfect for a lot of families.....certainly ours. Ideally sized between the "a bit too small for a family" Matrix-type vehicle and the "bigger than we really need" so-called "mini" vans. Plenty of space for our stuff, can handle a couple of extra passengers occasionally, gets decent fuel economy and is incredibly well equipped for a fair price. Plus it can tow a modest trailer. Minumum tow ratings are 1000kg (>2000 lbs) for both the 4 cyl & V6 for an un-braked trailer....take that, Mazda5, with your "can't tow a damn thing" tow rating.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Dunno if I'd buy a vehicle named after a 1970's soft drink.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Dear Sirs,
      I am very displeased both with my kia and the service your company provides. I have had my car for less than a year and it has proven to be a poor purchase. I brought my car in “again” to get fixed two weeks ago. I was told the fuel pump had gone out. After a week they said they fixed the fuel pump, then they said they must have been wrong because a relay now did not work. After fixing that they said my car was ready. I picked up the car and smelled an overwhelming gas odor. I chalked this up to a mechanic being in the car and was so happy after being inconvenienced for a week that I was just happy to have my wheels back. I drove the car to school a couple times and then to the mall for some Christmas shopping. The smell was still there but I thought it was going to go away. Upon leaving the mall last night the car had trouble starting. The gas small was a lot worse and I opened my door. As the car turned over I heard a trickle outside the car. I got out and realized the pool of water my car was sitting in was really a pool of gasoline. I had been driving around for days leaking gasoline! I call the service department and they tell me not to drive the car, no kidding! Its dangerous, no kidding. I realize that I almost died a horrible and painful death because the mechanic at your company failed twice at putting in a simple fuel pump. I think its obvious now they wired the thing wrong the first time and blew the relay themselves and now my life has almost been compromised. I think I need not mention the fact the gas was leaking all over the exhaust pipes or the numerous ways a spark may have changed my evening last night. Your policy seems to be no loaner. I am greatly inconvenienced and almost negligently killed by you people and now I am without a car again. If only I had not paid cash for this lemon. I wish I had taken a loan on this car, I would let the thing go back and be in a much better position. The service guy offered the roadside assistance to tow my car to the service department, but no vehicle for me to get on with my life. I am not going to use your service department. Monday morning I am going to have my car towed and my own expense and fixed at my own expense, make sure they document what they find in detail and go to my lawyer with my problem. I have never been so disappointed in a purchase or appalled at the irony in a so called “service” department. I will blog my experience and tell anyone who will listen what I think of the quality of kia vehicles and the lackluster approach at service undertaken by what is obviously not a consumer friendly company. All that I want is a way to get to work and school. This “mechanical” problem should not be my problem and if I could I would give this lemon back.


      • 8 Years Ago
      What a great description Stoneman. Care to put up a reason why things "suck"?

      I think this vehicle is fantastic bargain fit in a unique niche market.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I saw one of these vehicles displayed at our local Costo in Oregon. Not bad looking vehicle for the price - sticker price $18000.oo+.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like it. I would buy this over a Mazda 5,but, I will never pay over msrp for a Kia.In fact wait until the end of the model year and pick it up for 4 thousand off or a free Kia Rio with it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The dealers have a Market Adjustment and/or dealer prep fee added to the MSRP because the markup on this vehicles is $320 from invoice to MSRP. KIA doesn't really care if its dealers make money or not. It's pretty unbelievable.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I test drove the 4 cyl. Rondo today and I must say what an incredible vehicle . Very smooth, peppy and comfortable . Drives like a much more expensive car .I can't think of any other vechile in this price range with ABS, traction control . stability control and front winshield wiper de- icers , etc, etc .. I currently drive a 2003 camry and will seriously consider replacing it with this vehicle.

      Paul Edwards, Halifax , Nova Scotia , Canada
      • 8 Years Ago
      What I want to know is where is the new short wheelbase Sedona. Those are supposed to be trickling into dealers about now, but Kia says nothing about it. It was at the New England Auto Show in Boston a few weeks ago.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Stevenson Mazda/KIA (what a combination!) in ILM has one on the lot. Buried at the back alongside the used cars!

      The ADM thing is out of hand: every Kia and Mazda on their lot has a $1250 "dealer advertising and prep fee" added to each and every new Mazda and Kia. Even the Rondo! This is in addition to the MSRP w/destination charge (isn't that suppossed to take care of "dealer prep"?)
      • 8 Years Ago
      I saw one of these on the lot of the local Kia dealer here in Madison, WI. I had never heard of it before. The dealer had a $500 ad'dl dealer markup on it. ADM on a Kia??? I looked it over. It is nothing impresssive. Just another Asian small people mover. I was not impressed. AM on a Kia??? Unbelieveable
      • 8 Years Ago
      I got a brochure on it from the NE auto show that had full specs and pics. It looks like a wholly decent car
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