Kia Carens (also known as Rondo in Canada) is the carmaker’s latest compact MPV which is designed and engineered keeping modern family in mind. The vehicle has been designed to give it a striking look keeping the functionality of a compact MPV intact. The styling has been distinctly contemporary from inside and out that makes the car a hit in the USA and Canada market.
The 2014 Kia Carens/Rondo is a brand new model. The exterior designing is remarkably done by Peter Schreyer and his team to give it a sleek and sculpted look. The elegant front end featuring Kia’s signature grille, the slopes flowing to the rear end andthe sporty stance are all visual treats for the onlookers. The all new Carens/Rondo comes with a lower roofline and a longer wheel-base. With the addition of features like 18-in machined-finish alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, HID Xenon projection beam headlights and LED light bar technology taillights Kia has given this car a street presence that will surely attract everyone’s attention.
A look into the interior of 2014 Rondo and the first thing that grabs your eyeball is the panoramic sunroof. The interior is plush with premium amenities like high-grade leather seating, tilt-and-telescopic adjustable steering wheel, organ style accelerator pedal and a height adjustable driver’s seat. Apart from these there are a lot of great features that come standard in the 2014 Carens/Rondo, including air conditioning, heated front seats, a 6-speaker audio system, 2nd row heating/cooling air vents, power windows, and remote keyless entry. The dashboard and interior amenities are nicely laid out keeping the driver’s comfort in mind. There’s also sufficient cabin and passenger space to make the ride very pleasant for the occupants.
The Rondo features a 2.0L GDI4-cylinder engine which generates 164 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. The engine is coupled with either a 6-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission to produce the power that makes the vehicle a top performer in its segment.
The model offers functionality, adaptability, and versatility with 5 and 7-seat configuration. There’s enough seating flexibility for the passengers and seemingly endless number of cargo options as the 2nd and 3rd row seats can be folded completely flat.
The all-new Carens/Rondopacks in a lot of advanced safety features. The car has been recognized with 5-star safety rating in the 2013 Euro NCAP crash test.
Kia Carens is truly a versatile compact MPV that combines unique design and advanced features with excellent value for money qualities. It’s way cheaper than most of its main rivals, like Toyota Verso, Renault Grand Scenic and Ford Grand C-MAX minivan, yet deliver the performance and comfort that’s expected from a utility vehicle in the minivan segment. Check the comparison here.