One major advantage the Kia Sedona has over its competition has to be its twin sliding rear doors which are excellent when in a tight parking space.
Power assisted steering is standard throughout the range as is the steering wheel tilt height adjustment. The Sedona SE has a glass electric tilt/slide sunroof, front electric windows and electric rear quarter windows. The steering wheel and gear knob are leather on the SE for a better feel whilst driving.
As with any MPV practicality and storage is paramount and the Sedona features storage bins and pockets throughout. There is a lockable storage drawer under the front passenger seat for the stowage of valuables. The Sedona L model has 10 cup holders whilst the SE has 12. There is storage in the overhead centre console for a single pair of sunglasses in the SE and extended sun visors with covered illuminated mirrors on the LX and SE. In the front of the cabin is an illuminated cigar lighter and in the rear 2 power outlets which are particularly useful when carrying large numbers of passengers, their luggage and equipment.
How It Looks -
On our trip to the Welsh borders we took some friends along who wanted to go camping, whilst they were unpacking two gentlemen approached us and commented on the Sedona being a fine looking vehicle, and who are we to disagree. I thought the paint finish was superb and that the seven spoke design 15" alloy wheels added an extra touch of style. The door handles are chrome and reflect an overall attention to detail. I can’t say that I liked the bulge on the bonnet for the air intake on the diesel model, but the rest of the vehicle is purposeful and functional including integral full length roof rails with adjustable cross bars.
How It Looks - Interior
The interior of the Sedona is surprising welcoming being airy and spacious. Taking into account customer feedback the wood trim has been replaced with an updated metallic grain effect trim. The leather seat facings are good quality and should wear well. The carpet is tough and should prove to be durable in the long term which is imperative for a vehicle of this type. The plastics used are of a good standard and the switch gear is functional.
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|