The Sedona's 2.9 Common Rail Turbo diesel engine (the most powerful diesel engine of any UK MPV) was no slouch and at no time did the vehicle feel underpowered.
How It Drove - Performance
The Sedona's 2.9 Common Rail Turbo diesel engine (the most powerful diesel engine of any UK MPV) was no slouch and at no time did the vehicle feel underpowered. The official 0-62 mph acceleration figure for the diesel engine is a respectable 15.5 seconds and it has a top speed of 108mph. The engine was a little noisy at idle, although this is a characteristic of most diesel powered vehicles. The engine offered lots of torque which resulted in a spirited drive and it pulled well in all gears which compensated for the occasional lazy gear change.
Fuel economy was good and we achieved a little over 30 mpg on a 400 mile round trip from Devon to the Hereford/Welsh borders.
How It Drove - Ride and Handling
Firstly MPV’s (Multi Purpose Vehicles) do not drive or handle like conventional cars, despite some road users believing the contrary. They have different handling characteristics because of their high centre of gravity. In other words they are not going to go around a bend like a car nor handle the same way if you have to take avoidance action in the case of an emergency.
The first thing that you will notice when driving the Sedona is its high driving position which gives you an excellent view of the road ahead. This is also beneficial for passengers as it makes for a more interesting journey. The only real drawback is that you have to be more aware of vehicles and pedestrians that are below your normal line of vision, especially at the sides of the vehicle and to the rear.
The gearbox lever is mounted in the dashboard and is easy to operate and gear changes are reasonably precise. If you are looking to buy a Sedona for the school run or if you do a lot of town driving we would recommend an automatic, as changing gear does require a little more effort than the average family hatchback.
The steering is relatively light which is excellent when parking such a large vehicle although we did find that the Sedona was too tall to park in our usual car park due to its height restriction.
The ride was relaxed and coped well on all road surfaces and passengers commented on how comfortable they found the Sedona on all types of journey.
Kia Sedona Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Kia Sedona 2.9 CRDi SE (Diesel) Manual|
|Body Type||5-Door (MPV)|
|Colour||Ruby Red (Mica)|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||15.5 seconds|
|Top Speed||108 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||42.8 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating|
|Warranty||3-year unlimited mileage manufacturer warranty|
3-year roadside assistance package (which covers you across mainland Europe as well as the UK
6 year anti-perforation warranty
|Price (when tested on the 18/08/03)||£ 18,750.00|