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Absolutely nothing Rondo with Kia's new idea.

Postby DKaz » Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:18 pm

Although the Rondo was discontinued in the US after the 2011 model year, sales were still brisk up in Canada with sales outpacing the all new Chevrolet Orlando and redesigned Mazda 5 despite being in its 7th model year. The all new 2014 Rondo will hit Canadian showrooms later this year powered by a new 2.0L GDI engine producing 165 HP and 156 ft-lb of torque, tuned a bit lower than the same engine going into the new 2014 Kia Forte5 but more suited to this heavier engine. It will come with either a 6 speed automatic transmission or, first the first time since its North American debut in 2007, a 6 speed manual transmission.

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Official press release and features:

2014 Kia Rondo

The 2014 Rondo is a refresh of the model that has been in Kia’s line-up since 1999, while the Cadenza full-size sedan is an all-new addition to the family.

We’ll get to the Cadenza later, but the ’14 Rondo is the car that really turned the heads of the journos on-hand at media preview day in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Aside from the low-volume Sedona minivan, the Rondo “Urban Utility Vehicle” (UUV) was the last vehicle in Kia’s line-up to not have benefited from the firm’s new styling direction. Indeed, the old model was not a sight for sore eyes, looking more like it had been designed with an eye for necessity as opposed to one for any real stylistic interest at all.

The new car, on the other hand, is a vast departure and does well to make use of the new grille shape, available high-intensity discharge headlights (that feature massive lenses) and handsome lines found throughout the line-up.

You’d be hard-pressed to associate the old car with the new one by looking at it from the outside; inside, however, the optional three row seating, broad view out and high seating position from the previous model remain.

It is and has always been a truly unique car, the Rondo, one that has very few direct competitors this side of a Mazda5. Actually, the new car seems to even have a little in common with the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class, a testament to Kia’s awareness of the fact that even for people-movers like the Rondo, styling is important, especially when the vehicle is aimed at young, urban families as the Rondo surely is.

Power comes from a single engine option, and that’s a two-litre, four-cylinder gasoline-direct injection mill that makes 165 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque; that’s slightly more power than what’s made by the Mazda5, but down a little on torque to its Japanese competitor.

Like the 5, however, you’ll be able to spec the Rondo with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission; people moving with a manual ‘box? That’s a rare thing, and a testament to the sporty intentions of the new Rondo. We like.

In addition to the three-row seating (whose second and third rows fold completely flat), the rest of the interior benefits from Schreyer’s touch in the same way many other Kia’s have; nice lighting, quality materials and comfortable seats. The car on display in Toronto was top-spec, but having driven Kias with lower trim levels before, I’m sure the Rondo will do just fine.

Look for the ’14 Rondo to hit dealerships later this year.

Standard features:
- 6 speed manual transmission
- manual air conditioning
- 2nd row heating and cooling vents
- power windows
- heated front seats
- 6 speaker audio system
- keyless entry with power locks
- black cloth
- ESC, HAC, BAS, VSM
- flex-steering (3 settings)

Available features:
- heated steering wheel
- heated 2nd row seating
- cooled ventilated drivers seat
- auto dual-zone climate control
- 10-way power drivers seat with extendable cushion optimizing thigh support
- supervision instrument cluster
- large LCD screen
- integrated side window blinds
- black or black/beige 2-tone high-grade leather
- rear parking sensors and rear-view camera
- automatic 6 speed transmission
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Re: Absolutely nothing Rondo with Kia's new idea.

Postby DKaz » Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:20 pm

Some photos from the Canadian International Auto Show:

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A few more:

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Postby bk7794 » Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:04 am

Everyone is trying to make a distinguished grill...That one is terrible.
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Postby Rope-Pusher » Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:34 am

bk7794 wrote:Everyone is trying to make a distinguished grill...
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That one is terrific!

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Re: Absolutely nothing Rondo with Kia's new idea.

Postby tankinbeans » Sun Mar 03, 2013 10:26 pm

I wouldn't mind the durn thing if I didn't know what Rondo meant.

Also, does this look like a shrunken Sorrento in the back? Or is it just me?
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Re: Absolutely nothing Rondo with Kia's new idea.

Postby theholycow » Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:38 am

tankinbeans wrote:I wouldn't mind the durn thing if I didn't know what Rondo meant.

I googled it...the music term?
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Re: Absolutely nothing Rondo with Kia's new idea.

Postby tankinbeans » Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:10 am

theholycow wrote:
tankinbeans wrote:I wouldn't mind the durn thing if I didn't know what Rondo meant.

I googled it...the music term?

Pretty much. I remember my music teacher saying it was another term for a non-pc term as well.
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Re: Absolutely nothing Rondo with Kia's new idea.

Postby potownrob » Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:36 pm

BUT DEM FAHGLEITZ!! :shock:

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Postby 4onthefloor » Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:58 pm

DKaz wrote:Image


Is it just me or does it appear that there is literally no leg room in that 3rd row.
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Re: Absolutely nothing Rondo with Kia's new idea.

Postby potownrob » Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:05 pm

it's all under the seat :wink: :)

it looks like there might be 3-4 inches of space between the seat bottom and the back of the seats in front of it...
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Postby bk7794 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:53 pm

potownrob wrote:it's all under the seat :wink: :)

it looks like there might be 3-4 inches of space between the seat bottom and the back of the seats in front of it...

looks to be for very small kids. Seems useless to me. The seat folded down also hits the back of the one in front. Unless the second row slides.

The whole front end of the car is ugly.. Like it's just not good looking. Even the Rio isn't as good looking as its previous generation.

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Almost looks like a ripoff of the fiesta.
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Re: Absolutely nothing Rondo with Kia's new idea.

Postby DKaz » Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:24 pm

My Mazda 5 was like this. These cars are 4+2 or 5+2 seaters. Those rear seats are good for 5-10 year olds or when the relatives are over for a week. I sat in the back a few times, only my butt touched the seat and it was numb an hour in. Don't expect to fit anything more than 6 bags of groceries behind the 3rd row, but I had a roof rack for carrying 7 people and five luggages.

I loved my Mazda 5 though and I'm happy that we have three options now for manual transmission people haulers. The rest of the year with those seats down, you get awesome cargo space like a wagon that you won't get in a typical hatchback.
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Re: Absolutely nothing Rondo with Kia's new idea.

Postby theholycow » Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:38 pm

I imagine that the seat slides.

Anyway, the third row in a station wagon was traditionally for very small individuals.
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Backwards-facing might help in the Rondo but that may be illegal now.
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theholycow wrote:Image

Backwards-facing might help in the Rondo but that may be illegal now, unless you are Backwards Man!

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Postby bk7794 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:31 pm

My favorite kia was this rio. It looks like a kia, simple. I can see what they are trying to do with hyundai, but kia should have remained a simple car brand.

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