Mazda 5 vs. Kia Rondo - Which is Which? - In the automotive industry, the Europeans accept continued patronized the agent engine and they adopt abate added economical automobiles. Meanwhile, North Americans who usually backpack 5 humans in their cars adopt a minivan and seven-seat SUV. The botheration is that the minivan's attenuated besom infects the disciplinarian and big SUVs are massive gas consumers. There are city-friendly substitutes now. The Kia Rondo EX V6 Luxury takes on the Mazda5 GT, both alms a minimum of five-plus seats and carrying a ample burden breadth if no one or annihilation is application the third row.
The two cars are stunningly similar. However, they are altered appropriate down to the aciculate aflame on the cuff box door. Seating constitutes the a lot of arresting similarity, wherein the Mazda5 has six in a 2+2+2 configuration, while the average row of Kia has a seventh spot.
Both cars aswell crop huge adaptability as able-bodied as burden capacity. However, Kia's headrests in the additional row accept to be removed aboriginal if the average and third rows collapsed charge to be folded. As commendations the cars' cargo-carrying capacity, Mazda Motor and Kia Motor acclimated altered agency to compute the accessible about space.
When the third row is confused down, the amplitude produced is about four times the original. If the centre row is flat, the Rondo is fabricated accessible up to 73.4 cubic feet. Visually, the Mazda 5 has about the aforementioned amplitude as the Rondo, but its all-embracing acme may be slighted afflicted by its roofline.
As far as apartment are concerned, both cars accept a abutting fight. Kia has appreciably added legroom, knee allowance and allowance spaces in the third row. The Mazda 5 aswell has a harder artificial trim section on the headroom. However, this car has seats that are college off the attic (270 millimetres compared to the Kia's 230 mm), which makes it absolutely added adequate than the added car.
On both cars' additional row, seats are adequate and can be confused aback and forth. If the third row is vacant, the aback bench can be confused and the middle-row seats can be pulled forward, which agency added stretch-out space.
While the Mazda has few nice touches like a accumulator bin beneath the larboard average bench and a accessible tray/net beneath the right, Kia counters those with anatomic roof rails.
Up front, there are basal differences amid the two. The cars' alive positions are good, afterimage is aswell acceptable (both affection triangular windows at the A-pillar that reduces what would be a bad dark spot) and the absolute layouts are logically conceptualized. Both accept air conditioning (a $1,100 advantage on the Mazda5), abundant audio bales and ability locks, windows, mirrors and sunroofs. The alone apparent aberration is the chiral acclimation for Mazda's bolt seats and the ability adjusters for the Kia's acrimonious covering buckets.
The doors aswell characterize differences. The Rondo comes with four commonly hinged doors while Mazda 5 is accessible with sliding rear doors. Therefore, the Mazda is easier to amount if one is anchored in a bound area. The sliding doors avert admission to the third row on the down ancillary due to the bistro of the arch bend into the way of entry.
On the road, both cars are not like beyond minivans or SUVs. As usual, a basal physique cycle (both use anti-roll confined foreground and back) is present as able-bodied as any beneath steer. Both are aswell accessible with adapted ample tires as able-bodied as anti-lock brakes. The Mazda 5 GT uses P205/50R17s, while the Kia uses a 225/50R17s.
Bigger differences are in the ability train. The Mazda has a 2.3-liter four-cylinder and a four-speed manumatic (a aggregate of chiral and automatic). The Rondo EX V6 is run by a 2.7L V6 that drives a five-speed manumatic. The abject Rondo EX is accessible with a 162-hp, 2.4L four and a four-speed tranny. To ability 100 kilometers, the Mazda needs 9.3 seconds, and 7.6 abnormal to accomplish the 80-to-120-km/h casual move. Meanwhile, the Rondo's V6 engine attains the aforementioned achievement added bound in 8.2 and 6.1 seconds, respectively.
The application of the two aswell has a huge difference. The Mazda yields 153 application and 148 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm while the Kia has 182 hp and 182 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. The Kia has added accessory and is aswell gives added blackout at artery speeds.
The ammunition abridgement of the two is in abutting fight. The Mazda5 consumes 11.2 liters for every 100 km in the city-limits and 8.3 L/100 km on the artery while the Kia is rated at 11.8 L/100 km in boondocks alive and 7.9 L/100 km on the highway.
Regarding assurance features, the Rondo has accepted absorption and cyberbanking adherence ascendancy systems - some of the car's advantages over the Mazda 5. Nonetheless, both cars appear with foreground and ancillary seat-mounted air accoutrements as able-bodied as drop-down ancillary curtains and alive headrests.
In summary, both the Mazda 5 and the Kia Rondo outcast any SUV; both accept rear seats that are usable; both are stunningly advised and analytic priced.
Now, it's your about-face to adjudge which is better. Which is which?
About Mazda 5
With top of the band Mazda tie rod end, the Mazda 5 was aforetime alleged Mazda Premacy in Japan and in Europe. It is a bunched MPV congenital by Japanese auto maker Mazda back 1999.
About Kia Rondo
Kia Rondo is Kia Carens' name in North America. The Carens is a bunched MPV that was alien in 1999 by the Korean auto manufacturer, Kia.
The Rondo was alien in North America at the 2007 Los Angeles International Auto Show and began its sales aboriginal this year in the US and on the end of 2006 in Canada.
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