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Trevor Collett | Sep, 10 2015 | 1 Comment

Kia’s Rondo people-mover hatch range has been simplified for the 2016 model year, with the key move being the deletion of diesel models.

Previously, the Rondo was available with a 100kW/320Nm 1.7 litre turbo-diesel engine in the entry-level Si and mid-range SLi variants, with prices starting from around $33,000 plus on-road costs.

The alternative was a 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 122kW and 213Nm, which was also the sole engine choice for the range-topping Platinum model.

Now, just the Si and Platinum models remain in the line-up for 2016 and each will only be available with the petrol engine, matched with a six-speed automatic. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 7.9 l/100km.

Speaking with TMR, Kia Australia’s Kevin Hepworth said “we’ve adjusted the model range to reflect the poor uptake on the diesel Rondo.”

Sat-nav now standard in the Rondo
Sat-nav now standard in the Rondo

Further adjustments to the Rondo range include the addition of standard satellite navigation to the Si variant, as sat-nav is already standard in the Platinum model.

A price-rise reflects the new kit, with the Si now priced from $31,490 (up $1250) and the Platinum now starting from $39,990 (up $250) - plus on-road costs.

The Rondo becomes the second Kia model this year to have its range clipped, following the carmaker’s decision to trim the Soul hatch range to a single, automatic-only variant.

Kia sold 24 Rondos last month along with 16 Souls, giving the pair year-to-date sales figures of 149 and 130 respectively.

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