Sedona seats seven at hatchback prices car review
By Peter Hayward
THE Kia Sedona is a full seven seat MPV and is reckoned to be tough, reliable and comfortable.
It’s as big as the Renault Grand Espace but it costs only the same as a medium hatchback and it’s no wonder that so many families choose one.
Unusually in such large vehicles, it even has a fair amount of boot space with all seven seats in place.
There is a choice of two engines - a good 2.9-litre four cylinder turbo diesel and a smooth but thirsty 2.5-litre V6 petrol.
At launch in 1999, the 2.9 turbo diesel had only 125bhp, which made it pretty slow, but this was increased to a much better 143 and then to 185bhp in post 2006 models.
The gearchange grows out of the centre console, making a usefully flat floor, and there's enough space to walk through both front and middle row seats to get to the back.
The ride is excellent - up to the best in class, but while the handling is safe, it’s not as good as the SEAT Alhambra or Peugeot 807.
The Sedona comes with three rows of seats in a 2-2-3 pattern, which is unusual. The middle two seats swivel in some models but they cannot be removed.
Centre and rear seats are adjustable for legroom and equipment - including aircon - is good in all.
Kia Sedona TD
Price: Pay about £5,800 for an ’08 08-reg GS, £10,300 for a ’10 10-reg LS
Mechanical: 185bhp, 2,902cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving front wheels via 5-speed manual gearbox
Max speed: 122mph
0-62mph: 15.5 seconds
Combined mpg: 36
Insurance group: 10
CO2 emissions: 206g/km
Main rival: Ford Galaxy
Motors.co.uk value verdict: