The seating layout has been changed from 2-2-3 to 2-3-2, a format buyers regard as essential in a large MPV for Europe.
The seating layout has been changed from 2-2-3 to 2-3-2, a format buyers regard as essential in a large MPV for Europe. There are now five individual rear seats instead of two in the middle plus a rear bench.
Each of those seats slides forwards and backwards, reclines, folds in half, stores upright or comes out of the car altogether allowing you to carry large loads, so that your MPV becomes a light weight van. There are many seating permutations which should accommodate most family’s needs.
Kia decided against folding rear seats because of the compromises involved. Folding seats have to be smaller and are therefore less comfortable, and they have to be mounted higher in the car, which steals headroom, legroom and luggage space.
The twin sliding rear doors are excellent when in a tight parking space. The space required is equivalent to a much smaller vehicle with conventional doors making access to the rear of the vehicle a breeze for all users. The sliding doors have a hold open locking feature to stop the doors sliding back on passengers whilst getting in or out of the vehicle. The doors are electrically-operated on LS and TS models and all versions have electric rear windows for the first time.
We did some 300 miles in the Sedona during the test week and it proved to be very comfortable. The height adjustable seat and tilt/height adjustable steering wheel made it easy to find a good driving position again, after driver changes and the cabin ergonomics made for an easy, relaxed journey.
Kia Sedona Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Kia Sedona 2.9 CRDi GS|
|Colour||Clear Silver Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||15.7 Seconds|
|Top Speed||120 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||40.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4|
|Price (when tested on the 10/11/06)||£18,595 OTR (Including Automatic Gearbox £1,100 Option)|