This car is great value for money compared to other leading MPV manufacturers.
The Kia Sedona is very roomy and the seating arrangement is a lot more practical compared to other MPVs. Boot space is limited as to be expected with a 7-seater and provides handy little carrier bag clips on the back of the rear seats. Cute!
The exterior's styling is alot more attractive than the recent versions of this model making it easier on the eye. The interior has it's good and bad points. The gear lever is positioned on the 'dash' which eliminates the need for anything to be in between the driver and front passenger seats, therefore you can in effect 'walk' from the front of the vehicle to the back if you so wished. Also doubling as good floor space for any bags etc saving cluttering the floor space in the footwells, which is something that irritates me Buttons are simple and basic, instruments the same, nothing flash but functional.
Big warning about the interior carpet though, my Sedona is 4 months old and the carpet looks like it's 4 years old!! It has bobbled up badly, the dealer says that its a common fault and will only replace it with the same carpet. Pointless as that carpet will wear just as bad, so invest in the floor mats to cover the whole car.
The drive is smooth but steering lock is limiting. Handling is bearable. The engine is great, plenty of pull and power fuel consumption is average though. This car has caused me no problems as yet and I am a happy custome
I have the diesel automatic model.
I have found that the steering lock is bad - not enough lock (awkward when trying to get round those mini roundabouts). It's very noisy at high speeds.
It's very roomy inside for all passengers, with plenty of leg room etc. It is very slow on pull-away and you do need to get your speed up before attempting to get up a hill, otherwise it is very slow and always in high revs.
This car (I have an LS model) makes my Vauxhall Zafira (which I traded it in for) feel like a Robin Reliant!
It feels safe, comfortable beyond compare and has pull and responsiveness I never expected in such a big, heavy car.
Braking and acceleration are achieved with the lightest touch. Parking, reversing and all other tight manouevres are a cinch thanks to the ridiclously small turning circle (apparently almost half that of the Zafira.
My small son absolutely loves being able to sit high up in his child restraint seat and see the almost goldfish bowl type view!
The only downside is it's far too easy to get caught speeding as you do not realise how quickly you reach residential area speed limits.
I own the automatic diesel version - if driven sensibly, you can get 530 miles to a tank.
It's very roomy in side, especially if you use it for business purposes, you can load it right up with product.
Services are reasonable - but do not smash your wing mirror (expensive to replace).
It's very heavy on front brake pads - I have to change mine every 9000 miles but have been told that if you are using the car as a taxi, brakes can need changing every 5000 miles.
Beware of the internal carpet, it wears easily. Still with 3 years unlimited-milage warranty, you can get a new one fitted every time you have the car serviced.
Overall I would say good value for money all round. It is probably the best car I have bought (value wise) and I have had a few - Jags, Daimlers, Land Rover Discoverys and even a Bently, for which you need to have access to plentiful funds to keep it on the road(average service £5000).
The Sedona comes with air-con as standard and actually works. In the back of car there are independent fans for rear passengers and seperate heaters, although the on-off switch is on the front dash and needs to be activated by the driver.
My wife owns the Kia Sportage and I must say it's another good value-for-money car.
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