2010 Kia Carens/Rondo

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Some small revisions. (The “new” one is on top)

I drove a Rondo for a few days last year, and was not really impressed. It didn’t really suck, but it was close.
Ride was smooth a quiet. And it as roomy.

But it felt like a minivan, so whys isn’t it one?
And the all grey interior was really depressing to be in.

I guess “it’s not for me”….

Conversation 11 comments

  1. Everyone who has reviewed one has had nothing but good things to say about it, Vince. From the fit and finish to the handling and performance, don't forget the utility.

    I personally think it is a very nice and less expensive alternative to the Mazda5.

  2. I have to disagree, Vince.

    I drove a rental Rondo a couple of years ago and I was very impressed. It was comfortable and practical, and tremendously roomy. It felt solid. The interior was pleasant, if a bit dull.

    It's not really intended to be a minivan, or an SUV, or a 7-passenger vehicle (those are emergency seats, for carpooling w/ kids).

    It's a tall station wagon, with tremendous room for passengers and cargo in a fairly short package.
    I also have a weakness for cars in which the rear windows go all the way down, which the Rondo has.

  3. They didn't really change anything. The photo is of the european model which has clean lenses and mirror mounted turn signals.

    Other than that, a revised roof rack and wheels. Is that it?

    They should really have put the new signature grille on it and redid the taillights.

    I drove one of these and even considered buying one at one point. It was a nice quiet smooth ride which felt very european, but the deal breaker for me was the how the back looked like ASS.

    FYI this was designed by the guy who penciled the BMW X3.. can you see the resemblance?

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