Kia Sedona review

The Kia Sedona has been around for over ten years, and was one of the first big MPVs on the block alongside the likes of the Renault Espace, Citroen C8 and Peugeot 807.

Since then a second-generation Sedona model has come along, and it is much more smart and refined than its predecessor. However, the things that the Sedona always had in its favour – including vast interior space, specification and an attractive price – are present and correct.

The current model is shorter, but larger inside in terms of width and length. So much so that there are three rows of seats with numerous fold-flat combinations for maximum versatility. So you can carry seven plus luggage, or five plus more luggage, or three plus a dog and a bike and some luggage… the list goes on.

And there’s no lugging or sweating required here. A simple pull of a band will fold the seat down, and another remove it completely. It’s very, very easy.

Not only that, it’s easy to get into too. There’s a low tailgate to improve ease of access to the boot, and powered sliding rear doors on higher specifications make opening up the rear, and getting in and out, child’s play.

The Sedona now looks much smarter too, with a more angular, almost SUV-like stance. Inside too it’s more refined; quality is up and the Sedona is an airy, spacious place to be.

That’s what big MPVs like the Sedona are all about, and there are plenty of cubby holes and storage areas dotted around the car too – boosting practicality.

A 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine is all the pull required to get the Sedona on the move and up to a steady cruising speed, with a simple but effective semi-auto transmission probably the most obvious choice. The diesel is fairly quiet at all speeds and feels very relaxed when cruising.

But large MPVs like this don’t tend to be sold on what they’re like to drive. The Sedona’s big pluses are in its capacity, versatility and practicality.

With that Kia seven-year warranty and starting prices from under £20,000, the Kia Sedona is big AND clever.