Written by Tim Marsh:
With its sportier and more stylish body, the 2014 Kia Rondo looks considerably different than the plainer, boxier Rondo models of the past. While it has adopted a sleeker look, this wagon is still a practical and affordable people mover. Continue reading our detailed Kia Rondo review to see if this vehicle is a good fit for you and your family.
There are three badges to choose from in this line-up: Si, SLi, and Platinum. With the Si and SLi, you can choose between a petrol or diesel engine, while the Platinum only comes with a petrol engine.
Exterior & Styling
The Rondo has a European style that includes a tapered roof-line, bold lines on the side and back, and a rear spoiler. A chrome grill along with fog lamps and swept-back headlights make for an attractive look up front. For added curb appeal, the Rondo comes with either 16″ (Si), 17″ (SLi), or 18″ (Platinum) alloy wheels.
Interior & Comfort
This versatile vehicle can sit up to 7 people, although the leg room on the third row of seats is much less than what the second and first rows offer, which means it’s not ideal for seating adults. Though the interior won’t blow you away, the quality of the materials is adequate, including the steering wheel, dashboard, door handles, and vents that all have a metallic finish. SLi and Platinum models substitute a higher-quality gloss finish in the dash and add leather-look inserts and partial leather seats.
While the interior lacks in luxury, it doesn’t lack in versatility and storage capacity. We like how all seats can be folded down for maximum storage capacity when needed, and also feel like the large panoramic sunroof is a great feature. On the technology end, features include a colour multi-function control screen, trip computer, and dual-zone climate control.
Under the Bonnet
The front-wheel drive Rondo has a 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. It’s more powerful than previous models, as the petro engines generate 122kw. The diesel engines generate 100kw, but consume less fuel (6.4 / 100km).
On the Road
The SLi and Platinum add paddle shifters for more driving engagement, and the Flexsteer system allows you to choose from normal, sport, and comfort steering settings. Although we found that this vehicle offers a smooth ride, one Kia Rondo review points out that it isn’t a very engaging drive, which is an assessment we agree with.
The Rondo was ranted the safest people mover in Australia by ANCAP, making it a great choice if having a safe family vehicle is your top priority. It has a 6-airbag system in addition to Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC), not to mention front and rear parking sensors and a rearview camera.
Value for the Money
The Kia Rondo price tag is affordable, especially at the entry level price of $29,990. The Platinum badge costs $9,000 more, but you’ll get added features like the panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel, and advanced navigation system. Overall, this people mover offers good value for the money.
The Citroen C4 Picasso and Peugeot 5008 are roughly the same price as the Rondo Platinum. Like the Rondo, they seat 7 and have comparable power. However, neither one has the sporty look nor the panoramic sunroof like the Rondo has.
Whether you have a large family or are looking for versatility with extra cargo space, you may want to find a 2014 Kia Rondo for sale, as it’s an affordable, stylish, and safe people mover.
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