Kia Sedona (1999-2006) review
Kia lacks the brand name to pull people into the showrooms, so it sells on price and equipment.
Kia lacks the brand name to pull people into the showrooms, so it sells on price and equipment. The Sedona is a prime example of how the company can dramatically undercut rivals. Around £14,500 buys a seven-seater that is as big as the long-wheelbase versions of the Renault Espace and Chrysler Voyager, vehicles that cost well over £20,000. While it may not match their style, the Sedona is remarkable value, with twin airbags, power steering, central locking and electric windows in every model. Safe too, the Sedona scoring well in America's NCAP crash worthiness tests.
Power comes from a 2.5-litre V6, or powerful 2.9-litre turbodiesel; the petrol version performing well but being thirsty, the diesel being the better all-round performer. Comfort inside is pretty good, with easy access to the rear seats through sliding doors. Hovever, like its rivals, luggage space isn't good with all seven seats in place. With the 2002 model Kia introduced removable seats, greatly enhancing the Sedona's versatility. Big and comfy, it's not a vehicle to get excited about, but if you're after a value-packed useful MPV, then the Sedona is a hard act to beat.