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2010 Kia Rondo Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2010 Kia Rondo was new.


Interior: 8.0

Most auto writers say that the Rondo puts practicality first in its cabin, and like the roomy, airy space for hauling people and cargo.  A few, however, complain about cheap interior materials. Others point out that the materials are in line with the Rondo's low price.

  • "Its cockpit is logically laid out, the seating is comfortable and hauling room is both generous and variable." -- Edmunds
  • "High seats, a tall roof and large glass area provide the quiet, nicely done interior with an airy feel." -- MSN
  • "The Rondo's interior is filled with severely molded plastic. The bulky, gray stuff makes up most of the substantial areas of the interior -- including the dash, glove box and center stack -- and probably contributed to the opinion of many who sat in the Rondo that the cabin felt cheap." --  Cars.com


The Kia Rondo fits a lot of passenger space into a small package. The third-row seat is now standard on all models and brings the Rondo's seating capacity from five to seven. Reviewers are pleased with the space in the Rondo, though there is some disagreement over how roomy the third row is.

  • "Ample [front row] legroom. … Good [second row] headroom and legroom. … The rear-most seats are easy to access with the 2nd-row fully forward and offer tolerable short-trip comfort for two adults." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Looking at pictures, you might not believe that the Rondo can hold three rows of seats. It doesn't look that big on paper, especially from the side view which makes it look like a competitor to the little Honda Fit hatchback." -- MSN
  • "I don't know how Kia packed so much leg room and head room into this vehicle." -- The Boston Globe
  • "I can't advise putting seven people in the 179-inch-long Rondo . . .one of those seven in that cramped space better be a chiropractor willing to help his/her seatmate." -- The Sacramento Bee
  • "Unlike the third row in some of the other compact crossovers, the Rondo's has enough room to hold two average-size adults." -- The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Interior Features

The Rondo comes in base, LX and EX trims.  Depending on what engine you select, LX and EX trims offer different features as standard.  However, the standard features across all trims  are impressive and include an AM/FM/Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 stereo system, a USB input jack for external audio sources, tilt steering wheel, under floor storage, front and rear cargo outlets, and power windows and locks.  However, if you want air conditioning, stay away from the base model -- it's standard on all EX and LX models, but not available on base Rondos. Steering wheel stereo controls are standard on EX models, but not available on LX trims. Most reviewers ay the Rondo's cabin is in line with its price, but based on the materials quality and assembly, you aren't getting anything extra.  Options like rear seat entertainment aren't available.

  • "The large gauges are easily read. Major controls are logically placed. No opportunity to evaluate a Rondo with the navigation system. Cabin materials and assembly quality are good for the price." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Several options typically offered on other wagons and crossover-type vehicles aren't available on the Rondo." -- MSN


The 2010 Kia Rondo provides 6.5 cubic feet of cargo space with all three rows in place. When the third row is folded down, that increases to 31.7 cubic feet. With both the second row and the third row folded down, space increases to an even bigger 74.4 cubic feet. The 60/40-split second-row seat folds completely forward and the 50/50-split third-row seatbacks fold flat. The first-row passenger seatback also folds forward to accommodate long objects.

  • The Rondo has "more room than the Toyota RAV4, which sports one of the largest cargo areas in the compact SUV class." -- Cars.com
  • "Kia's Rondo has more cupholders than seats! … [T]he 7-passenger Rondo has 10 cupholders." -- MSN
  • "The large rear opening and low load floor make the most of available space, though the hatch doesn't rise far enough for six-footers to stand beneath without stooping.  Third and 2nd-row seats fold flat, as does front passenger seat, forming 8 continuous feet of cargo space. … The glovebox has adequate space, but the two-tiered center console is too small for anything other than a few CDs." -- Consumer Guide

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