KIA is aiming to lure people away from fuel guzzling large SUVs and people-movers with its new Rondo.
The new Kia Rondo has reached showrooms starting from $29,990 for the base model petrol variant, with the diesel costing an additional $2500.
Petrol models come with a good specification list across Si, SLi and Premium grades. The diesel is only available in Si and SLi trim.
Kia's new Rondo is being branded a game-changer in a relatively new segment.
There are no real competitors, apart from Toyota's hybrid Prius V, but Opel is set to launch its Zafira later this year.
The challenge will be to lure Australians away from an obsession with SUVs. And the Rondo could be half a chance. It offers an impressive features list, seven-seat flexibility in a package which looks more like an elongated wagon than a people-mover.
Average fuel consumption for the 2.0-litre petrol is 7.9 litres/100km, while the diesel sips 6.4 litres/100km.
Petrol 2.0-litre four-cylinder DOHC generating 122kW @ 6500 rpm and 213 Nm @ 4700 rpm.
Diesel 1.7-litre four-cylinder DOHC generating 100 kW @ 4000 rpm and 320 Nm @ 1750-2500 rpm.
Si models have 16-inch alloys, cruise control, multi-function trip computer, six cup holders and four bottle holders, luggage screen with under floor storage, six-speaker audio system with MP3 compatible CD players, 4.3-inch touch control screen, Bluetooth with media streaming and steering wheel-mounted controls, manual air-conditioning, remote central locking, 6-way driver's seat adjustment, split-fold second row seats, split fold third row seats, heated electric folding mirrors, electric windows and tinted glass.
On the safety front there is a full suite of active safety features with ABS with EBD and BA; ESC with traction control, VSM (vehicle stability management), HAC (hill assist control), reverse parking sensors, rear view camera, static cornering lamps, three-point ELR seatbelts for all passengers. There are also six airbags, front seatbelt pre-tensioners and impact sensing auto-door unlock.
Step up to the SLi and you add 17-inch alloys, front parking sensors, LED daylight running lamps, leather trim seats, fold flat front passenger seat, 10-way power adjustable driver's seat, outside side mirror-mounted indicators, puddle light on side mirrors, roof rails, privacy glass, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters,4.2-inch colour TFT instrument cluster, auto up-down on all windows and dual-zone climate control.
At the top of the tree is the Platinum which adds 18-inch alloys, an electronic parking brake, smart key with push button start, HID headlamps with washers, LED rear combination lamps, panoramic sunroof, second row side window curtain blind, cooling glovebox, satellite navigation with 7-inch full touch screen, climate controlled front seats and heated steering wheel.
2.0-litre petrol - Si $29,990, SLi $33,990, Platinum $38,990.
1.7-litre diesel - Si $32,490, SLi $36,490.
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