• Aug 19th 2010 at 2:30PM
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2010 Kia Rondo – Click above for high-res image gallery

"Thank you for inquiring about the Rondo. As the saying goes, 'all good things must come to an end.' But with endings, come new beginnings..."

That's the message visitors receive when they attempt to learn about the 2010 Kia Rondo from the Korean automaker's U.S. website. Interestingly enough, when we contacted Kia officials for confirmation that the Rondo wouldn't be around for 2011, we received the following response: "Kia has not yet decided on a 2011 model, but the 2010 is still available in dealerships."

Yes, that sounds like a typical canned response, and our best guess is that the Rondo is pretty much a goner. Taking a look at sales figures from last year, the Rondo was Kia's third slowest seller just behind the full-size Borrego SUV and the faux-luxe Amanti sedan. Worse yet, the Rondo's 2009 sales total of 14,206 units was less than half of the 28,645 sales it managed in 2008.

Kia is naturally hoping it doesn't lose out on customers that would otherwise have considered a Rondo. In lieu of the micro-minivan, Kia's consumer website is pointing buyers towards its new-for-2011 Sportage cute ute, which does have a good bit of space for stuff but surely isn't quite as family friendly as the apparently outgoing seven-passenger Rondo.

Interestingly enough, Kia of Canada does not seem to have the same message on its site, so we wouldn't be surprised if the MPV soldiers on with our neighbors to the north. If you're still interested in getting a Rondo of your very own in these United States, there are massive incentives that remain active on the 2009 model, including $2,000 cash back, $1,000 for a competitive vehicle turn-in, $1,000 for Kia owner loyalty, and/or a $500 discount for military service. That's a whole lotta cash on the hood. Hat tip to Michael B!



[Sources: Kia; Kia Canada]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess Hertz decided to stop buying the Rondo.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Kia what now?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Doesn't surprise me that the Rhondo is sticking around in Canada. I see quite a few of them driving around, especially in any large urban center. The Mazda 5 is also a huge seller, I see nearly as many of them as I do Mazda 3s.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And much more practical. 7-seats in 3/4 the size. Maybe if Kia invested in it (newer, more efficient drivetrain, etc) it would be successful.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I see quite a few of these driving around Indianapolis. While not the most attractive of cars, it looks like a very practical smaller car for one-car families, in cities, who haven't been suckered into thinking they need awd-everything.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you go on the Kia website and go to the Future Vehicles section, you'll find that the Forte is getting a 5 door(wagon) version in 2011. My guess is that this new Forte wagon is going to replace the Rondo.

      http://www.kia.com/#/upcoming/?fvVehicleID=forte5door&fvPageID=intro
        • 5 Years Ago
        I could see that, but it looks smaller than the Rondo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Forte hatch really isn't a direct replacement at all.

        The Rondo was considered a MPV and it could carry 8 people. Forte can only carry five and its cargo capacity is much less.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I own a 2007 Rondo. I shopped everything even close to it: Mazda5, RAV4, Outlander, Tribeca, Town and Country, etc... It was a great combination of function, price and features. It is a shame. If the new design now prevalent in the Sorrento and Sportage were applied to the Rondo, perhaps we would see a resurgence.

      It is even more baffling knowing that Ford is bringing the C-Max from Europe, which is exactly in line with the Rondo. Americans really just don't get it. And unfortunately, until we do, car manufacturers are going to continue feeding us what we'll buy, not what is good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My wife had a 2007 Rondo for 3 years. While I agree that it was a butt-ugly car, it was incredibly practical and roomy for such a small car. It had as much cargo space as my 4Runner and got great gas mileage.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone heard if they will bring over the new Venga in it's place?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I see a fair number of these around the Dallas area. I think the big attraction to them is that they're relatively cheap.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Rondo's packaging is quite stellar. Its footprint is relatively small, yet it can seat four adults with ease, not to mention that the chair-height seating and easy ingress/egress made it that much more practical. Fold down the rear seats and you've got a cavernous cargo area. Too bad people found its styling to be too dowdy.

      If Honda had a Rondo-like vehicle, I think it'd be hugely popular. Kinda like a Fit Plus.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Invisible: The Element is more of a utility vehicle, with its all-plastic floor, etc. It isn't asgood at carrying four adults, considering the rear suicide doors. I like the Element for what it is, but it's quite different from the Rondo. The CR-V is closer, but it's still an SUV.

        If Honda made a larger version of the Fit with the Accord's 2.4L 4-cylinder engine, I think it'd be pretty sweet. Not as big as a Toyota Venza, though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My mother has a 2007 Rondo. It is the perfect vehicle for my dad, who is paralyzed on one side as it is easy to get into for him. He says it's the only vehicle he doesn't have to climb up or climb down to get into. The hauling space is unbelievable. Instead of renting a Uhaul to move across, I made 16 trips with the Rondo, and moved a 3 BR house all but the big furniture. All of the windows make it feel really open and airy, too. Ugly as sin, but unbelievably practical.
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