Kia Sedona Review (2003)

Kia Sedona 2.9 CRDi SE

Kia Sedona Review

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The Sedona is designed to be a practical people carrier and it does this job extremely well.

Ease of Use

The Sedona is designed to be a practical people carrier and it does this job extremely well. It can carry seven people in relative luxury, although if you are planning a holiday for seven people there would not be much space for their luggage. All of the rear seats can be completely removed to allow 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. The 50:50 split/folding rear seat also aids load-carrying flexibility. All of the rear seats offer a sliding function allowing varied positioning according to the type of load or number of passengers to maximise the usable space.

We did find the handbrake a little difficult to operate as we are both relatively short, and found it hard to reach.

Gas struts have been added to the bonnet to assist lifting should you have to access the engine bay.

The Sedona was easy to drive although parking in tight spaces was awkward; parking sensors would be a welcome addition. The design of the dashboard is simple but effective with all the controls ergonomically laid out and easy to use.

Safety and Security

The Sedona is equipped with dual front airbags, the ABS brakes are enhanced with EBD, it has an energy absorbing steering column, height adjustable front seat belts, second row seats have 3-point seat belts, third row 2 x 3 point seat belts, third row centre lap belt, child proof sliding door locks, height and tilt adjustable front head restraints, height adjustable centre and 2 rear seat head restraints, door impact beams, engine immobiliser, locking fuel cap, front seatbelt pre-tensioners, security window etching and locking wheel nuts/security cap (standard on SE model only). The addition of a load cover would be helpful for added security whilst carrying luggage, shopping, valuables etc. We would also like to see an alarm as standard.

Comfort and Refinement

The Sedona’s cabin is cavernous with more than adequate head and leg room all round. The air conditioning (Standard on the LX and SE) is extremely effective and the rear passengers can adjust their fan speed or shut it down completely. The reading lights in the rear are powerful without being intrusive to the driver.

The leather seats (Standard on the SE) are exceptionally comfortable and benefit from the addition of armrests on the front and centre seats, the front seat armrests are also height adjustable. The driver’s seat on the SE is 8-way electrically adjustable and has lumbar adjustment which is perfect for two drivers, although a memory position function would be nice. The front seats have aircraft style seat back tables and the 2nd row seats have seat back tables. The Sedona SE has rain sensitive windscreen wipers which worked very well and featured two speed wipers with flick wipe facility and variable intermittent function.

Remote central door locking and electrically adjustable heated door mirrors are standard throughout the range. We particularly liked the one touch electric folding door mirrors which were perfect for fitting through tight gaps and are standard on the SE model.

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Kia Sedona Road Test Data
Model ReviewedKia Sedona 2.9 CRDi SE (Diesel) Manual
Body Type5-Door (MPV)
ColourRuby Red (Mica)
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph15.5 seconds
Top Speed 108 mph
Transmission5-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban25.7 mpg
Extra Urban42.8 mpg
Combined34.4 mpg
Insurance Group11
Euro NCAP Rating
Warranty3-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

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