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2007 Kia Rondo

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2007 Kia Rondo Review

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Kia boldly strides into the burgeoning crossover segment for 2007 with its new Rondo. Affordable, flexible and offering both four- and six-cylinder power, plus room for five or seven passengers, this user-friendly front-wheel-drive hauler displays the kinds of features and options—including standard stability control, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and the industry's longest and most comprehensive warranty package—that have come to characterize most of Kia's current-generation products. While the Rondo's closest direct competitor would be the slightly smaller Mazda5, its cross-shopping potential encompasses everything from a Chrysler PT Cruiser, Chevrolet HHR or Dodge Caliber to front-wheel-drive versions of small unit-body SUVs like the Honda CR-V, Saturn VUE and Toyota RAV4.

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Matching versatility, value, safety and security, the new Rondo is a decidedly attractive choice for anyone in a one-vehicle household. The top-line EX, particularly when upgraded with the optional Leather and Premium Packages, makes a very inviting daily driver.

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If you truly believe that only bigger can really be better—or just see a micro-minivan in the Rondo's silhouette—you may still be part of Generation SUV and find more to love in an upsized, truck-based alternative.

What's New for 2007

The Rondo gives Kia entry into a new sub-segment of contemporary people movers, with personality and packaging capable of appealing to buyers in a variety of different demographic and psychographic groups.

Driving the Rondo

Driving Impressions Although it has a slightly longer wheelbase and unique rear suspension, the Rondo shares a good deal of basic platform design with Kia's mid-size Optima sedan, a decision...

that endows it with a distinctly car-like feel. Ride comfort is good and, despite a somewhat taller profile, body roll is minimal and well controlled. Even the four-cylinder engine with the four-speed automatic transmission possesses sufficient force to get you through normal urban stop-and-go traffic and onto freeways at speed; however, the more potent V6 and five-speed automatic provides more enthusiastic acceleration and, in the bargain, includes a bigger wheel and tire package that makes for slightly sportier handling. In either case, the Rondo's standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) provide a reassuring safety net in a variety of conditions.
Favorite Features

Choice of In-Line 4 and V6 Engines
While the available V6 offers more power and torque plus an extra gear in the automatic transmission with which it's paired, the four-cylinder engine has sufficient muscle to cope with lighter-duty chores and offers even better fuel economy.

Cargo-Friendly Rear Hatch
The Rondo's huge rear-hatch opening rivals that of many conventional SUVs. Its lower cutout margin extends all the way down to bumper level, making it particularly easy to load or unload larger, bulkier objects.

2007 Kia Rondo Details
2007 Kia Rondo photo Interior

Familiar Kia style cues in the dash and center stack, a user-friendly demeanor and lots of cupholders and storage cubbies dominate the Rondo's nicely finished cabin. The LX and EX offer different grades of cloth upholstery, but both have standard seating for five in decently supportive front buckets and a 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat that can handle two adults or three younger folks with relative ease. Opt for the 50/50 folding third-row seat (not available in a base LX or four-cylinder EX), and the second row adds nearly 12 inches of fore and aft travel that eases access to that third row. Configuring the Rondo in seven-passenger mode does cut rear storage space from over 30 cubic feet to not a lot more than about one medium-sized duffel bag, but folding both the second and third rows opens up a generous 70-plus cubic feet maximum capacity.

Exterior
2007 Kia Rondo photo

The Rondo's clean lines are highlighted by its curving roofline and a bias-cut rear side window shape that imparts a bit more character to the generously proportioned glass. At the LX trim level, the accent elements are all rendered in black or body color, while items like the grille, door handles and side moldings are bright chrome on EX versions. Top-line Rondo models also get fog lamps, heated outside mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer. In keeping with a very welcome corporate practice, the Rondo's wheel and tire fitments are commendably generous, with LX models having H-rated 205/60 rubber on 16-inch standard aluminum wheels and EXs stepping up to V-rated Michelin 225/50 tires on 17-inch alloy rims.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Rondo has a long list of desirable features; and while the price-leader "base" LX doesn't offer roof rails and makes air conditioning an extra, even it comes with stability control, anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) and front and front-side airbags plus head-protection side curtains. All other Rondo variants include those items plus power windows/locks/mirrors, tilt steering column, front and rear 12-volt power outlets and cupholders, six-way non-power driver's seat and 60/40 split-folding rear bench. LX models get a four-speaker AM/FM/CD audio package while EXs add two more speakers plus cassette and MP3 capability. The EX trim also has upgraded upholstery cloth, keyless remote entry, cruise control and leather accents on its shift knob and multifunction steering wheel.

Optional Equipment

The extras list for both Rondo lines is fairly modest. Single options include a body kit (fender flares and fascia extensions), upper and lower rear spoilers, rear bumper protector and a cargo shelf. Save for the base version, LXs can be ordered with a Convenience Package (cruise control, a multifunction steering wheel and air conditioning), third-row seat and roof-rail crossbars. EX buyers can step up even further with a Leather Package (leather seats, heated front seats) and Premium Package (power sunroof and premium 315-watt/11-speaker Infinity AM/FM/MP3 audio system with six-disc CD changer).

Under the Hood

Kia offers the Rondo with two engine and transmission combinations—both also common with current or previous Optima models. Standard is a 2.4-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine. Fitted with efficiency-enhancing Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT), it makes 162 horsepower and 164 pound-feet of torque, and is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. The Rondo V6 models have the DOHC 2.7-liter unit that's also used in several other Kia vehicles, and is backed by a five-speed automatic. It, too, is fortified with CVVT, and it cranks out 182 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque. Both of the Rondo's automatic transmissions feature a Sportmatic gate to permit manual control of upshifts and downshifts. Four-cylinder Rondo models have EPA city/highway numbers of 21/29 miles per gallon, while the V6s are rated at 20/27.

2.4-liter in-line 4
162 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
164 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4250 rpm
EPA City/highway fuel economy: 21/29

2.7-liter V6
182 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
182 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/27

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2007 Kia Rondo Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 138 Ratings for the 2007 - 2010 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

overall very good car

By on Sunday, April 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "suprisingly good to drive, storage"

Cons: "door electronics, AC, allignment"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Have had this car for several years now and have to say it's been very good to me. The engine is good enough and the car feels very responsive and easy to control. The standard safety features are also a big plus on the car. the interior is very roomy and for carrying either people or cargo which is a huge bonus. As for problems the first is that it seem the minor electric systems were not all that well done as I've had 2 door locks and 2 car windows need replacement. Next is the AC which if you live in a hot climate like i do is commonly not sufficient for the size of the vehicle. And the last major issue is alignment I don't know why but the wheels just seem to like to go out of alignment rather fast. But this was solved with life time alignment but it is inconvenient taking it in for that so often."

surprisingly good car

By on Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 178,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "reliable with a comfortable ride. 25-29mpg"

Cons: "no outside temp reading"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"previous owner of 6 Hondas.. thought I would take a chance with Kia. It just keeps on running with currently 178,000 miles. Regular maintenance only so far."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Lots of interior space - quick/cute little car -

By on Thursday, January 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 83,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Mileage could be better in this day and age but generally a cute/little car for my spouse to drive. easy to get and and out off for her aging mother."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Best vehicle ever owned

By on Saturday, January 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 69,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable, reliable, ample cargo space, cd playe"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This has been the best vehicle we have ever owned. The price was right and the warranty cannot be beat by any other car maker. The view out the windows is excellent with full vision all around. Comfortable bucket seats and back seat has plenty of foot room with air and heat in behind the console. Back seat folds down for cargo space and has hidden storage in the back of the vehicle. It has been a pleasure to have this car as reliable transportation. We also had the blue dot coverage on the parts to guard against theft."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

best car owned in years..

By on Wednesday, January 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"i bought my kia in 2010,it rides and handles great.i needed a car with good gas mileage and dependable service. when i got my kia,it had just over 10;000 miles on it.it now is nearing 37,000 miles. im quite happy with this car, its in good shape,runs good,put new tires on it last year{Cooper tires} so its set for awhile. how happy i am; decided kia takes me everywhere .i would recommend a KIA to my friends as a replacement car..new car buy..i have driven on slippery roads,through snow,easy handling,quallty steering."

Impressive vehicle for the money!

By on Sunday, September 29, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "price, mpg, dependability, lots of space"

Cons: "spartan amenities"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I didn't expect much when I purchased this vehicle for simple transportation and gear storage to and from work, but I was happily surprised! My Rondo has 58,000 miles on it and runs perfectly. It has been dependable day in and day out with only basic maintenance. While it may lack the amenities of more stylish cars in its class, it makes up for it in roominess, low price and most surprisingly gas mileage (26 mpg). I would definitely buy this vehicle again!"

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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