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Mazda 5 vs Kia Rondo



  • coolmazda5coolmazda5 Posts: 525, Good luck with your Swedish :)
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    Actually I was there but when I clicked on "galleria" I only see one photo.
  • coolmazda5coolmazda5 Posts: 525
    With regards to capacity, we love the fact that we can fit more souls than a sedan or a wagon (6 Mazda5 or 5-7 Rondo), but if people are considering to fully carry adults on these type of cars then take a look to the report from Motor Trend below. Reality is that the car platforms are still of a smaller car (even with extra weight mods), not a full-size people hauler...

    Although it's adept at hauling a variety of gear, the Kia is less proficient at transporting a full load of adults: "We drove over to a restaurant with seven passengers, and the engine and suspension felt tapped out-it's clearly not made for adult passengers all of the time."

    And this also goes for the Mazda5 for sure, except that in NA it is only 6 passengers load...

  • coolmazda5coolmazda5 Posts: 525
    Note: NA does not get the 2nd row middle seat...


  • coolmazda5coolmazda5 Posts: 525
    With these type of cars they also have their say after all :surprise:

    The Mazda5

    The Rondo
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    KIA - 3,156 vs 2,829 for 2007 an increase of 11.6%
    Mazda - 9,055 vs 8,108 for 2007 an increase of 11.7%
    (do not have model breakdown for Canada)

    KIA - 24,871 vs 27,567
    Rondo - 2,811 vs 1,514 for March 2007

    Mazda - 32,929 vs 37,742 for 2007 a 12.8% decrease
    However, sales of the Mazda 5 increase by 66.4% to 2,758 vs 1,657
  • d_hyperd_hyper Posts: 130
    People are warming up to a microvan :) If MazdaUSA could add a 7th seat to M5, I'll trade in my Focus wagon for it.
  • coolmazda5coolmazda5 Posts: 525
    Weekend Athlete Scores (Out of 10)

    Ease of loading gear: 9 — It's a small car, but there’s plenty of room.

    Ease of seat operation: 4.5 — Third row nice, second row not.

    Bike hauling: 9 — Again, small on the outside, nice and big on the inside.

    Locker-room cred: 7 — It's a minivan, but it doesn't scream “Mom wouldn’t let Dad take the cool car to the races!” the way others do. No faux-macho crap either.

    All-around: 7.5



  • The M5 measures 40" x 40" x 36" (height). I measured the 2008 M5 Touring
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    here is the model breakdown for KIA and Mazda for March in Canada

    Rondo - 764 (2007 - 407)
    Year to date - 2,194 (2007 - 1,066) - over 100% increase!

    Mazda 5 - 1,560 (2007 - 1024)
    Year to date - 3,323 (2007 - 2,367)

    looks like Mazda is doing extremely well with their new Mazda 5 and a lot of Canadians are enjoying it. It appears that the niche market these two vehicles occupy is coming along in leaps and bounds!

    to give you an idea about a couple of the so-called competitors:
    HHR - 360
    PT Cruiser - 275

    Drives: 2008 Rondo EX, 5-seater, 2.4L
    Location: Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada
  • medicinemanmedicineman Posts: 135
    Perhaps I misspoke about that pic of six in the roofless and sideless Mazda5 as being "photoshopped." Take a look at this behind-the-scenes pic of a promotional shoot of the Carens/Rondo. Yeah, they actually removed the roof:


    And now for something completely different:


    Have a gothy Christmas everyone. If you want to see more pics of the Carens with Magyars dressed as Szent Mikulás and as Slipknot roadies, see here (yeah, I know Slipknot isn't really goth, but that's besides the point).
  • medicinemanmedicineman Posts: 135
    Lookee what I found during my Internet travels, a poll entitled, Which is uglier, the Kia Rondo or the Mazda 5? Unfortunately, the poll is now closed, so all of us forum members can't flood the poll with our fair and balanced picks.

    Here are the results:

    Which is uglier?
    34% (14) Kia Rondo
    24% (10) Mazda 5
    9% (4) Both are ugly
    26% (11) Neither is ugly
    4% (2) Looks are secondary/irrelevant when I evaluate a vehicle
    Total: 41 votes
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    Whom did they ask? Teenagers? Or men?
  • coolmazda5coolmazda5 Posts: 525
    Or women? Or martians? Or owners? 41 people is a very small sample anyway...
  • coolmazda5coolmazda5 Posts: 525
    Finally :D

    One article discussed earlier here the "smaller car" suspension issues with a full load of adults (focused on Rondo, but it may be the same case for the Mazda5, except one less adult) so I believe this pic below a good example. Now imagine driving through potholes and speed bumps :sick:

  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    Rondo: 2,583 vs 1,183 for 2007 a 118.3% increase
    Mazda 5: 2,011 vs 1,214 for 2007 a 65.7%

    as I said before this segment of the market is really doing well
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    Considering there's still a gap between the top of the rear tire the fender, I'd say the suspension is really good if this car is full of 7 adults. I've seen a lot of bigger vehicles looking really low in the back when fully loaded. Plus the ground clearance on the Mazda 5 or Rondo isn't much different than a full size minivan.
  • coolmazda5coolmazda5 Posts: 525
    A gap? I see a fender shadow over the tire, not a gap (unless the rear tires are a very low profile, irregular ones).

    Let me repost the MotorTrend review extract I was referring to earlier:

    Although it's adept at hauling a variety of gear, the Kia is less proficient at transporting a full load of adults: "We drove over to a restaurant with seven passengers, and the engine and suspension felt tapped out-it's clearly not made for adult passengers all of the time."

  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    But I've seen fully loaded bigger cars where part of the rim was covered by the fender, and that's no where near the case for the Rondo. I've been to Europe many times and have seen fully loaded cars zipping down the road at 100mph, so I think it just that most Americans have an incorrect perception of the amount of power required. American may like big cars, engines, etc., but they're not necessary.

    Plus I don't know anyone carrying 7 big adults all the time looking at buying a Rondo, so let's be realistic. With the average family consisting of 4 people, 2 adults and 2 kids, the Rondo or Mazda5 are plenty big.

    And for those obese families with obese kids, maybe if they drove around in a Rondo or Mazda5 they might have more incentive to lose some weight ;)
  • coolmazda5coolmazda5 Posts: 525

    These pics are from Hungary and, contrary to some other European countries, there is a highway speed limit there, so 100mph is not allowed in all of "Europe"

    My wife is from Germany, and there you see no speed limit in some autobahns (not all of them). Regardless you don't see Mazda5s, Citroen Picassos, Opel Zafiras and VW Tourans at 100+mph when fully loaded

    If you look at the pic showing the 3rd row passengers, regardless of what Country the guy to the right hails from, he's big. The rest don't seem though, but regardless, the point is: it is a 7 seater on a compact car designed suspension (with mods like the Mazda5, but still)

    Yes, I don't recommend a Mazda5 or a Rondo for a family of 5 either. For 5+ a big minivan is the car to go, but that is besides the point discussed here, I still believe the MotorTrend review is accurate
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