When it comes to selecting a mid-sized car, why not think outside the box and take a look at the Kia Rondo?
As we know, Kia has established a serious reputation when it comes to price, features, and quality over the past decade, and the Rondo is no exception.
That’s despite the car still being a somewhat forgotten model in the Kia range and sales remaining relatively minute (Kia enticed just 16 customers to a Rondo in August 2017).
Previously available with a diesel engine, I reviewed that one back in 2015, the 2017 Kia Rondo is now a petrol-only offering.
But you can get it with a different seating configuration – five-seats in the entry-level Rondo S, as well as seven-seats in the upper-spec Rondo Si.
It’s a comfortable vehicle inside with good leg and head room both in the front and in the rear (seats 3, 4 and 5).
When that rear seat (or seats in the case of the seven-seater) is/are folded down there is a generous cargo area.
If all seven-seats are in use in the Si, cargo space is very tight.
The base-model 2017 Kia Rondo S features a good list of standard gear, including:
- Tilt and reach steering adjust
- Six-speaker audio system
- Reverse camera
- Rear parking sensors
- Height-adjustable front seats
The Kia Rondo Si adds:
- 16” alloys wheels
- Leather steering wheel/gear selector
- Aforementioned third-row seats
While both get a great little feature for the kids – airplane-style fold down table (for seats 3 and 5).
On the Road
The 2.0 litre engine brings a respectable 122kW and 213Nm and works smoothly with the standard six-speed auto transmission.
The performance is adequate, without being sparkling, both around the city, and out on the open road.
The suspension is well-tuned and does a respectable job of soaking up the imperfections, though the steering is positive and responds happily when going around curves and bends.
Overall, as is the case with Kia cars right through their increasingly wide range of models (two new additions land in Australia next month – the Stinger and Stonic), the build quality found in the Rondo is excellent.
And naturally you get the reassurance of a seven-year warranty and a five-star ANCAP safety rating with a Rondo purchase.
While the seven-seat version could be handy for those car buyers trying to avoid an SUV or genuine people-mover.
Despite not being a particularly new model, the Rondo’s styling still holds up rather well and the standard features list, particularly in the Rondo S, is impressive.
I found the Rondo comfortable, user friendly, and economical.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 Kia Rondo
- Engine: 2.0 litre petrol producing 122kW and 213Nm
- Transmission; Six-speed automatic
- Safety: Five stars
- Warranty: Seven years
- Origin: South Korea
- Price: S from $26,990, Si from $31,490