The new Rondo benefits from a full suite of Schreyer styling cues, such as the tiger nose grille, swept-back headlights, high beltline and tapered roofline.
While it doesn’t get quite the same dose of styling mojo as evident in Schreyer’s previous Kia design efforts, (namely the current Optima and Sportage models) the new Rondo is nonetheless a world apart from the outgoing version.
Kia is offering the seven-seat Rondo with a 122kW/213Nm 2.0-litre GDI petrol engine in three trim grades (Si, SLi, Platinum), while the 100kW/320Nm 1.7-litre diesel option is available in two trims, the Si and SLi.
Standard equipment on the entry-level Rondo petrol Si includes 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth phone and music streaming and a 4.3-inch touchscreen. Heated electric folding mirrors round out the highlights.
There’s also the standard reverse parking sensors and a rear-view camera, static cornering lamps and a multifunctional steering wheel included across the range.
Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013