Kia Sedona MPV Owner reviews

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V6 GS 5dr

  • Overall verdict3/5
  • What it's like to drive3/5
  • Running costs3/5
  • Quality3/5
  • Average MPG26 mpg

Had the car 3 weeks, only to have problems with the electric mirrors + electric side doors. Back and forth to the dealer, replacing this and replacing that, only for the door problem to still be there (I don't particularly enjoy doors which have a mind of their own, opening and shutting randomly both when in the car, or coming out in the morning to find one of the side doors open) Have owned older sedonas before, with no problems whatsoever. Can't say I've enjoyed my time with my new shape Sedona - so much so, I've just taken it back to the garage and gotten my money back. Feel gutted, but there seems to be many reported problems with the electric doors (if you haven't experienced it, think yourself very lucky!) Shame as this should have been a good experience - I doubt I'll ever buy a Kia brand car again, nor would recommend one.

STeve Donnelly, Kent, December 8th 2011

CRDi TS 5dr

  • Overall verdict1/5
  • What it's like to drive3/5
  • Running costs3/5
  • Quality2/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

Where to start... from the very day that we picked up our Kia Sedona from our local dealership it has been plagued with problems. From poorly fitting dashboard panels on collection through to a malfunctioning DVD player and electric sliding doors which would intermittently refuse to close correctly, open while in transit or refuse to open at all (under electric or manual operation). Add to the above the appalling customer service that we received from our first dealership and Kia's continued inability to resolve the problems with the doors and 15 months on we're still in possession of a car that we feel is still in no state for delivery to a customer let alone fit for purpose. If you want all the gruesome details by all means feel free to read the write up on my personal blog - http://nathanpitman.com/journal/563/kia-sedona-reliability

Nathan Pitman, Berkshire, January 2nd 2009

CRDi SE+ 7 Seat 5dr

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive5/5
  • Running costs4/5
  • Quality4/5
  • Average MPG30 mpg

Can anybody help? I bought a Sedona plate 55 brand new It’s done 47000 miles and the clutch is not slipping, but I cannot get it in gear? It will go in but I have to force it someone said it could be the clutch release arm, and suggestions would be helpful please

peter sweeney, lancashire, December 16th 2008

CRDi LX 7 seat 5dr

  • Overall verdict5/5
  • What it's like to drive5/5
  • Running costs4/5
  • Quality5/5
  • Average MPG30 mpg

I bought this car new in October 2003 having looked at the Chrysler Grand Voyager the Kia was far better value for money - I have now done 70,000 miles and think it is a great car - stacks of space although seats weigh a ton when removing - i have transported floor tiles back from France and numerous DIY bits and pieces, take the 2 rear seats out and 4 sets of golf clubs in the boot with luggage and 4 adults in the 4 captains seats and trundle down to portugal no problem. I have just changed the original battery - steering rack needed replacing 6 months ago a but expensive but apart from that only regular servicing. I am looking to change the car and keep coming back to the new Kia. I dont drive carefully and get about 30 - 34mpg

Gary Hunt, west sussex, November 8th 2008

CRDi SE+ 7 Seat 5dr

  • Overall verdict5/5
  • What it's like to drive5/5
  • Running costs3/5
  • Quality5/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

Love this mpv...we tested all the mpv's on the market and this one is the best by far. The 2,2,3 layout is brilliant as you can walk up and down the vehicle without opening a door - great if you need to sort out numerous kids. The sliding doors are the best thing - especially in todays tiny car park spaces. I've often had envious glances from parents trying to squeeze their car seats into a standard door next to another vehicle. All the seats are like armchairs with plenty of space, arm rests, individually controlled air vents and drinks holders/ trays etc. It drives like a dream and the raised driving postition is a great advantage. It is a tad thirsty but not if you drive well. Also the tax will go through the roof soon - but who cares - well worth it according to my tribe.

Susan Smith, July 23rd 2008

CRDi L 7 seat 5dr

  • Overall verdict1/5
  • What it's like to drive3/5
  • Running costs1/5
  • Quality3/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

Fuel pump failure at 30k miles has effectively written this car off after 4 years of ownership from new. Kia have declined to contribute to a Β£5000 bill to replace the fuel injection system. The car also suffered from intermittent gearbox failure from the outset which took 3 years and multiple trips to the dealership to remedy. Worryingly I've seen several reports of similar fuel pump problems

david charles, Notts, July 21st 2008

CRDi TS 5dr

  • Overall verdict5/5
  • What it's like to drive5/5
  • Running costs4/5
  • Quality5/5
  • Average MPG45 mpg

Having imported the MPV from South Africa 5 months ago, the vehicle has been great to drive and own. South Africa receives a long-wheel base model which measures at 5.1 metres so finding a parking space that big is tricky but a GVW of 2.8 tons nudges other cars back. Parking in the college car park is alittle difficult but parking sensors take some of the trouble out. Fold down the 3rd row seats electrically and the boot is big enough for 4 large suitcases. Useful things like electrically operated taligate and sliding doors are standard along with auto-dimming rear view mirror. I use a special technique to squeeze as much mpg as I can out of the Sedona's 80 litre fuel tank. On average, my trip-computer reads 45mpg combined. The interior is very practical. Seats slide, recline and fold-away, without having to remove them. Plenty of cupholders and cubby holes to put things in. Foot-operated parking brake is annoying!. I want the conventional handbrake back. The dashboard is well-screwed together and looks nice despite the odd-looking centre console. I have regisitered the car ith my local dealer for future servicing with no fuss. I would highly recommend this vehicle for families

K A, Hertfordshire, July 17th 2008

CRDi LE 5dr

  • Overall verdict5/5
  • What it's like to drive4/5
  • Running costs4/5
  • Quality5/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

Bought this car after looking at other MPVs. Thoght this was excellent value for money Β£16,500 otr, as opposed to Β£25,000 quoted for other MPVs. Bought due to loads of interior space, ample room for 4 adults and 2 children.Also had side steps and tow bar fitted included in price. Will tow a large caravan with no effort whilts returnig a good fuel economy. Had this car now for nearly 3 years, and although services are pricey, then so are all main dealers!The only thing to go wrong has been the clutch release arm, which, when eventually diagnosed, was fixed under warranty. The only regret would be the dealership services are far from helpful, still trying to find a good dealer out there, but wouldnt put me off buying one in the future.

SHARON REDFERN, NOTTS, January 12th 2008

CRDi LE 5dr

  • Overall verdict2/5
  • What it's like to drive3/5
  • Running costs1/5
  • Quality3/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

I have owned this car for 1 year and it has been nothing but amoney pit. Dealer costs are extortinate for parts and labour and around town fuel consumption seems at bestto require a fuel tanker. The dealer i used was horrendous.Iwould strongly advise against unless you have very deep pockets

colin press, essex, December 27th 2007

CRDi TS 5dr

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive4/5
  • Running costs4/5
  • Quality5/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

I bought this car from a main dealer at seven months old. Before buying this car, I tried all the other people-carriers - the Ford Galaxy, and S-Max, Peugeot 807, Vauchall Zafira etc. If you need a car to carry more than five people around, then this is as practical as you can get (I have two adults and four kidsto transport). The reason for not liking a lot of other people carriers was the folding rear seats, which are only OK for small kids. Access to the rear seats can be either by the sliding door and tipping the seat up or by the boot as you can fit between the two rear seats. It has a great diesel engine with lots of torque, and seems a lot faster than the statistics claim. It's smooth to drive especially as it has a wide wheelbase and 17-inch wheels. However, it's wide and so you have to be selective when parking. Also, the indicators and wipers could be on the same side as nearly all other manufacturers. The audio controls should be on steering column, too. The foot parking brake takes some getting used to, but I'm getting there slowly. All in all, I'm impressed with the car and its practicality. You don't buy a people-carrier and drive around on your own, so don't expect a sports car. As for Kia's service and customer care, I'll update this if I come across any problems. The car is recommended for large families.

ROBERT YOUNG, November 5th 2007

CRDi LS 5dr

  • Overall verdict5/5
  • What it's like to drive5/5
  • Running costs5/5
  • Quality5/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

I purchased a 'new shape' Sedona LS auto just one year ago and have to say that I have not experienced the slightest mechanical or electrical problem with it during my ownership. We regularly tow a caravan weighing 1500kg and because of the masses of torque from the engine you hardly know that the caravan is there. With 5 seats removed you are creating a vast area that will take 1200kg of camping equipment or other junk, which is ideal for people like me who want to tow an empty caravan. This is a superb vehicle but it suffers from three small niggles, the first of which is sheer width of the car. At well over 6 ft wide there are sometimes problems parking in narrow supermarket parking bays. The second is the occasional 'lag' from the auto box when you are setting off, and third is more a niggle with the Kia warranty. If you buy a Kia Ceed you get 7 years warranty. If you buy a Kia Carens you get 5 years warranty. If you buy a Sedona in the USA you get at least a five year warranty (in some instances 10 years - 100000 miles), so why have I only got a 3 year warranty? Are we Brits considered by the Koreans to be second class car owners. I think that Kia UK needs to urgently address this problem otherwise they are going to have a lot more grumbles than mine on their hands.

Rodney Fennings, Lincolnshire, October 13th 2007

CRDi LS 5dr

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive4/5
  • Running costs4/5
  • Quality4/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

Superd car to drive and live with. The Kia is quiet and extremely comfortable, especially on long journeys. Running costs were well within my expectations having previouly owned an Espace. I especially like the tiptronic gearbox and climate control system. The Kia is very solid and can easily cope with a full trailer/caravan. I would recommend the car to anyone with a large family as it is reliable and practical. A silly digital clock on the dash is the only thing I don't like inside as the cabin is otherwise well designed and has quality looks. The other point is a slight lag in acceleration from a standing start, but that is a Kia were also very easy to deal with

Rob Worthington, Gwynedd, October 11th 2007

CRDi LS 5dr

  • Overall verdict1/5
  • What it's like to drive3/5
  • Running costs3/5
  • Quality3/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

We have had our 56-reg Kia Sedona for 11 months, and in this time its been into the workshop eight times. Firstly the brakes, then the wiper blades stopped working in heavy rain twice due to a faulty motor. Then the interior lights stopped working, the new DVD player stopped working, and in the week the clutch pedal switch has broken twice so the car wouldn't start. We had had a few other problems with the interior and are waiting on a replacement. The car is a very big disapointment to us. We brought this for doing the school run. This car has spent more time being fixed than being driven. When taken it back to the Kia Group we bought it from we just get fobbed off, and when I wrote to head office, and got a call back, they weren't of any use at all. This car has been nothing but trouble, and it's very frustrating when you buy a new car and it isn't up to standard. I'm very angry and disappointed. It was a lot of money for a car that's not up to standard.

stuart satterthwaite, south staffs, September 26th 2007

CRDi LS 5dr

  • Overall verdict5/5
  • What it's like to drive4/5
  • Running costs5/5
  • Quality5/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

Having just taken delivery of a brand new Sedona 2.9LS, I can honestly say that it is everything we could have hoped for. We previously owned a 2004 Sedona, with which we were heartily impressed, but the refinements on the new model are most significant. Between our first Sedona and this new one, we had a Vauxhall Zafira, which was simply not up to our needs in terms of space and we only ended up driving it for a few months. The new Sedona has bags of space, a truly luxurious ride and seems to have plenty of power to me. Okay, it might not be as quick off the mark as some, but it's the torque when over taking that really counts, and it has oodles of that. Significantly, we chose the new Sedona over the new Galaxy, largely because of the seating. Our family prefer the comfort of the full seats to the kind that fold away - we hated them in the Zafira and the Galaxy seemed like more of the same. There's enough room with the back row being able to tip forward for anyone's weekly shop and one can always remove a couple if necessary. They might be a bit heavy - but the exercise is good for me anyway. Overall, our family is delighted with the new car, especially the electric doors and windows and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. the final point is that we tow a heavy German caravan and unless you buy a large 4x4, perhaps at the sacrifice of ride quality and certainly fuel consumption, there are very few alternatives to the 2000kg towing ability of the Sedona. Daniel

Daniel Pardoe, Lancs, August 15th 2007

CRDi L 7 seat 5dr

  • Overall verdict1/5
  • What it's like to drive3/5
  • Running costs2/5
  • Quality2/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

I have has this car - a Sedona 2.9 diesel 03 plate - for 17 months. It has done 47,000 miles and it started to judder. Wondering what it was I took it in to the garage to find out that the whole fuel system has broken which is going to cost Β£3100 to fix. I took an extra five years cover out on this as well. But Kia say they are not willing to help, saying it is nothing to do with them. This I find disgraceful for a car of this age with this amount of mileage. Before you buy one just take this into account.

kerrie matthews, south yorkshire, July 16th 2007

V6 SE 7 seat 5dr Auto

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive4/5
  • Running costs3/5
  • Quality4/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

Ive had the car for 16 months and apart from routine service and 2 new front tyres Ive not had a spot of bother with it- with the rear seats removed you could use it to move house- its huge.The v6 engine is very smooth and drived with respect has just returned me 29 mpg on a 460 mile round trip with 5 people and lugage- I have been impressed with the build quality and the leather seats are a dream, like a comfy armchair- well done kia

ged davis, north lincolnshire, July 12th 2007

CRDi SE 7 seat 5dr

  • Overall verdict1/5
  • What it's like to drive5/5
  • Running costs2/5
  • Quality5/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

We ordered in 2004 a Kia Sedons Se. Should of taken 3 weeks to arrive, took 7 months! Dealer in witney totally un helpfull. On collecting our top of the range, Kia sedona, se, brand new 54 plate car, it broke down on the motorway driving it home! Back to garage! The drivers seat was ripped, the dvd player didnt work, wrong number plate on front of car oh my god the list is endless! Garage was and has always been totaly un helpfulland damaged the car each time it was returned. To date 2.5 years later, numerous problems with the car. Kia never interested and garage also never interested and not even 3 years old, quite frankly we wish we had never bothered and certainly will never ever buy a brand new car again!

Dayle Dixon, OXON, July 2nd 2007

CRDi LS 5dr

  • Overall verdict1/5
  • What it's like to drive1/5
  • Running costs1/5
  • Quality1/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

Ive had this car for just over a year, already the clutch has gone?!, the dashboard and main lights went out as I was driving down the M4 at night!!!!, the car wont start in the mornings. I may have well gave my money to a scrap dealer and bought a clapped out old banger!! Surprisingly none of this was under the Warrenty!! KIA MAIN DEALERS ARE IDIOTS AND NEED A GOOD KICK UP THE BACKSIDE IF THEY WANT PEOPLE TO BUY THESE CARS - I KNOW WHEN I CHANGE MINE NEXT YEAR IT WONT BE A KIA!!! Perhaps some lucky people dont have any problems with their Kia's but then they may have been lucky enough to have an honest dealership.

J ELLIS, BRISTOL, June 14th 2007

CRDi LE 5dr

  • Overall verdict5/5
  • What it's like to drive4/5
  • Running costs3/5
  • Quality5/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

we bought this car for a few good reasons,we needed to tow a large caravan which it did with great ease,we needed room for two adults and two grown up kids with room for comfort on long distance holidays which it did,and third we had to carry two large golden retriever's which it did with ease,the built in dvd plyer was great but not having a proper alarm fitted did cause a few problems, we had the car broken into twice,we lost the sceen once then we lost the radio cd player but after fitting a good alarm system no further problems,i have had the car for three years now with no problems i could see from the start the fitted carpet would not last so had full kia kit carpets fitted they were great,pity they did not come fitted with the car same as the alarm.very small turning circle though but with practice soon sorted,bit heavy on fuel but the ease of towing with a full load in great comfort was worth it,sadly due to wife getting a bad knee injury had to sell and change to an automatic,amazed at price drop from new bought Β£17,995 three years later Β£7.250 part ex, but could have got more if sold private

george thompson, north east lincolnshire, May 22nd 2007

TD Exec 7 seat 5dr

  • Overall verdict2/5
  • What it's like to drive5/5
  • Running costs2/5
  • Quality2/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

I Bought my sedona from Bristol and its been a money pit I paid Β£11750 and have had a bin full of little problems , brakes, alternator , power steering rack , bearings , timing chain ,new gearbox brake pipes , then the oil pump went, crank shaft ,small-ends , it sits out side today after all the money I sank into it I could not just scrap it but I do wish I bought something else. parts are like gold dust no second hand parts if you are thinking to get one beware gary swansea I could have lease hired a BMW 4x4 cheaper.

Gary Hole, May 16th 2007

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