If you have already checked out the Honda Civic Wagon, Dodge Colt Vista or the Nissan Axxess, here comes another family hauler with some innovative features - the Kia Rondo. You may call Rondo a small minivan. But, Kia prefers to call Rondo a perfect crossover utility vehicle. For North American buyers, Kia Rondo could prove to be a surprise addition. However, the vehicle is not new to the consumers in Europe and Asia. In fact, the car has been slotted into the European and Asian car market as space wagon MPV. Rondo is known there as Kia Carens.
The Kia Rondo is ideal for those looking for ample space. This four-door vehicle can accommodate up to seven passengers. The storage space is also quite spacious. Rondo is available in two trims - LX and EX.
Let's take a look at the power train specifications of the vehicle. The Kia Rondo comes with two different engine designs. The vehicle is equipped with 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine capable of delivering 162 horsepower. The power plant has got the support of four-speed automatic transmission system. The car also features 2.7-liter V6 phenomenal in delivering 182 horsepower. Here the engine performance has been enhanced with the five-speed automatic transmission mechanism. Both the transmission systems have played a key role in offering fabulous acceleration.
Rondo has debuted in the 2007 model year with some advanced features and facilities. The vehicle will find rivals in Dodge Caliber and Toyota Matrix. However, with some excellent safety features such as stability control, antilock brakes and other useful equipments 16-inch wheels, full power accessories, Rondo is set to give its rivals a run for their money. With Rondo, Kia is nearing its aim of consolidating its position in mini-minivan market.