Kia Sedona Road Test (2003)

Kia Sedona 2.9 CRDi SE
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Kia Sedona Review

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The Kia Sedona is an excellent multi purpose vehicle it can carry seven people in spacious luxury.

Infotainment

The SE model we drove was fitted with a radio/single slot CD player with RDS which wasn’t the best we had heard nor the worst; it is coupled to an electric aerial on the LX and SE models. Ideally the aerial shouldn't go up when just listening to the CD player as whilst travelling down country lanes overhanging hedges could bend the aerial.

Rivals

Chrysler Voyager, Ford Galaxy, Peugeot 807, Renault Espace, SEAT Alhambra, Volkswagen Sharan

What We Liked
  • Superb paint finish
  • Electric folding door mirrors (One touch button)
  • Powerful diesel engine
  • Excellent sliding doors
  • Extensive front/rear cabin space and load space
What We Disliked
  • The bulge in the diesel model’s bonnet
  • The gear change can be a little tiring after a while, opt. for an automatic
What We’d Like To See
  • A windscreen integrated aerial
  • We’d like to see one shot up/down windows in the front
  • Parking sensors
  • An Alarm
  • Sunroof one shot closure
  • A rear load space cover for security reasons
Build Quality

A lot of thought has gone into the design of the Sedona and consequently Kia have created a solid and practical MPV which should stand up to the rigours of family life or commercial use.

Value For Money

The Sedona is excellent value for money and is an extremely practical vehicle whatever your needs be them domestic or commercial. The entry-level 2.5 V6 L manual is priced at £14,495 and offers the best value in its class. In our opinion a diesel/automatic variant is a must for better fuel economy and a more relaxed drive.

Conclusion

The Kia Sedona is an excellent multi purpose vehicle it can carry seven people in spacious luxury. It is particularly suited to motorway driving as its powerful diesel engine is no slouch and is eager to accelerate for easy overtaking. For such a large vehicle it wasn't too awkward on narrow country lanes however, constant gear changes are tiring and as previously stated we would recommend an automatic version. The Sedona attracted a lot of attention whilst out and about and all our passengers were impressed by its interior space and comfort especially the children who loved its optional DVD player which is a must for peaceful family driving.

The SE model specification is particularly well equipped and has too many standard features to mention. If you are looking for an MPV we would urge you to test drive the Sedona don’t be a brand snob. Kia is definitely a company to watch in the future.

18 August 2003 Melanie Carter
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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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