Kia Sedona MPV
- Spacious cabin
- Huge amounts of standard kit
- Diesel engine feels punchy
- No fun to drive
- Looks dated
- Could be more efficient
"The Sedona represents good value for money but is beginning to look dated and could do with being better to drive"
Kia's Sedona is a seven-seat MPV which has been around in its current form since 2006. It's got plenty of space in the cabin and there's a usable boot but some may be put off by the car's looks, which are starting to look a little bit dated. Apart from that, the only engine on offer – a 2.2-litre diesel – feels quite punchy and offers reasonable economy.
MPG, running costs & CO2
Manual option is cheaper to buy and cheaper to run
A heavy car like this won't ever be the cheapest car to run, despite its relatively efficient diesel engine. Fuel economy stands at 42.2mpg and CO2 emissions are 179g/km. If you opt for the more expensive automatic gearbox you'll also find yourself shelling out more cash for road tax and petrol. CO2 rockets to 199g/km and combined fuel economy stands at 37.7mpg.
Interior & comfort
Soft suspension is comfortable but big potholes unsettle the Sedona
Refinement isn't exactly the Sedona's strong suit. At start up and low speeds the diesel engine sounds gruff and is only drowned out at high speeds by wind and road noise. For the most part it is comfortable though, with small road imperfections ironed out by the Kia's soft suspension. The problem comes with larger potholes which send a thud through the cabin.
Practicality & boot space
Seven-seat cabin and relatively large boot, which can be expanded for huge amounts of space
With seating for seven the Sedona makes sense as a family car. With all the seats in place, there's a reasonable 214 litre boot but for carrying anything other than the weekly shopping drivers will have to fold down the third row. For carrying larger items, the second row can also be folded down for van-like amounts of space.
Reliability & safety
Sedona has a fantastic track record for reliability
The current Sedona has been around since 2006 and it's proved itself to be trouble free since then. If you're still not convinced you just have to look at the amount of confidence Kia have in their products with the seven year warranty which they include as standard on all models. It's relatively safe too, with NCAP awarding it four our of five stars. That's partly down to the standard inclusion of front, side and curtain airbags.
Engines, drive & performance
Engine feels punchy but there's not many driving thrills on offer
Buying a Kia Sedona is easy because there's only one engine available – a 2.2-litre diesel unit. With 192bhp available the engine feels quite nippy and is capable of launching the Sedona from 0-62mph in 11.3 seconds. A six-speed manual gearbox comes as standard and we'd recommend you stick with it because the optional automatic gearbox adds 0.5 seconds to the 0-62mph time and can make for a slightly jerky driving experience. The steering is numb and slightly unresponsive and there's quite a bit of body roll in corners – don't expect too many driving thrills.
Price, value for money & options
Range-topping models get fantastic amount of kit
Three trim levels are available, simply labeled 1, 2 and 3. Opt for the most basic 1 specification and you'll find air-con and electric windows all around. Further up the range, 2 specification adds gadgets like rear parking sensors and premium cloth upholstery. Range-topping 3 models get leather, heated seats, sliding electric doors and an electric boot.
What the others say
All the rear seats slide, tip or can be removed completely – but what they don’t do is disappear into the floor. The Sedona uses the same platform as the Magentis saloon, and the ride on rough roads is impressively smooth. The new people carrier also boasts a tight turning circle, which can be improved even further by pressing a button to change the speed of the steering rack.
You get lots of horsepower for your money with the Sedona. It comes with a 192bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine. It's strong, revs smoothly and makes for a fine motorway cruiser. It comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, although you can specify a six-speed auto. However, it can't quite make up it's mind which gear it should be in at low speeds.
The Kia Sedona may not be the best looking or most stylish people carrier around, but it's great value with a spacious interior, rear sliding doors and a good level of standard equipment on all models. The considerable size means there's plenty of room for passengers in the back and seven seats come as standard (the rear ones can be removed completely).
The market for full-sized people carriers is in decline, partly down to the latest crop of excellent seven-seat compact models. But, if you need a large MPV, the Kia delivers most metal for your money. It comes with a choice of only two engines, but while the 2.5-litre V6 is cheaper, 26mpg makes it an expensive car to run. In reality, there's only one option to go for and that's the 143bhp 2.9 CRDi oil-burner, which is robust and responsive.
Last updated: 15 Jul 2013