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Having owned owned a couple of small cars for years we decided now we have two young children that we neeed a bigger vehicle that would be child friendly and we searched around for a bit before we saw the Kia Sedona which really appealed to us. I know a couple of friends who own Kia cars and they are very complimentary on the manufacturer so felt pretty safe about buying one. We bought ours a few weeks back now second hand and it cost around £4000. Our first impressions are great to be honest with you. Our particular car is gold in colour and and an automatic.
The first thing that really appealed to me was not just the amount of seats, but also the extra space you can have by the fact the seats fold down to create more boot space. This gives you much more flexibility as it is equally useful if you've got alot of passengers or if you have maybe five in the car and then a lot more space for luggage etc.
It looks impressive from the outside and the front doors open outwards as with most cars, while the back doors slide open which is excellent for getting the kids in and out. For so many years we struggled with a small car and squeezing them in and out but not any more. When you look inside of our car it's an all leather interior which is handy to clean to be honest with you if there are any spills or accidents on the seats.
The car comes with twin airbags and air conditioning which is fantastic, especially at this time of year with the heat of summer. The great thing the air conditioning is front and back. The windows at the front are electric, as are the mirrors. There is also the added bonus of having lights in the interior all round the car.
In regards to the versatility afforded by the seats, the middle two seats can fold down and you can use them as tables, complete with cup holders. In addition which I think is a nice touch is that they can spin round and face towards the back seats. The seats in the car all move forward and back again by an electric button.
I have found the power of this car pretty impressive so far as well and you don't need much of a touch on the accelerator and the car will really go. Overall, this seems like a great car for me and I have to admit I love it already. Worth checking out this model, especially if you have children like we do.
Caveat Emptor! The pump failed on mine and cost £3200! Only done 28000 miles. Kia would not honour the warranty. Said I had put petrol in the tank.Untrue, as I have receipts and I had driven 150 miles just after I had filled up from empty.I asked for car back from their garage so I could carry out independent test on car and fuel.Got car , minus all fuel and fuel filter. Solicitors wrote numerous letters, but legal costs and busy workload have reulted in Kia getting away with it. Sure, the car went well....but be warned...this is a very common fault and repairs are very very costly....not just Kia but BoschDelphi diesel systems generally. Why are Kia`s cheaper to buy ? I think I know....a lesson learned the hard way.I now drive a Honda .
An excellent inexpensive 7-seater. I've had a look at other 7-seaters, including the Ford Galaxy and the Renault Espace, but in my opinion the Kia Sedona SX TD is superior. It has twin airbags, air conditioning front and back, electric front windows, electric mirrors, interior lighting all round, hidden cup holders, the middle two seats fold down fully so you can use them as tables. The middle two seats also spin round so they can face backwards. There is an aisle between the seats front to back so you can walk down the middle. All the seats move backwards and forwards so you can choose how big you want your boot to be. Even if I could afford a Galaxy or an Espace, I would still by the cheaper Sedona because it's an excellent car. Mine also came with a 10 CD changer. I bought mine second hand, so I don't know if this is standard or not. The sliding passenger doors are a very good idea, so the kids can't bang the doors on anything when they open them. It's also not as bad on fuel as I thought it would be. It does about the same MPG as my previous car, which was a Nissan Almera 1.6 SLX. The only two slight things against it is the positioning of the horn buttons on the steering wheel. They are a bit too close to the edge of the steering wheel. I sometimes accidently press the horn whilst parking. The other thing is that you can't close the air vents. An excellent inexpensive car. Highly recommended.