How the Kia Grand Sedona is not a top-seller must be one of life’s deepest mysteries. While this statement is probably an exaggeration, it is meant to show how underrated the Grand Sedona is in the market. Now with enhancements that only improve on what is already an outstanding product, the new vehicle is a true class-leader with all the attributes one expects of a multipurpose vehicle (MPV). Several trim specification levels have been cut and only four are now left, all featuring the same engine and gearbox.

A few years ago the word MPV turned into something of a swearword, thanks to the advent of the SUV. Suddenly people were no longer interested in these large, versatile cars, opting instead to go the high-riding, sometimes AWD route that SUVs tend to offer. The Grand Sedona was one of the casualties of this change in buying attitude, and saw sales decline. But I’m glad Kia SA is sticking with its undercover star because it has so much to offer for those who are not buying the SUV hype.

For one, the new model can now carry up to 11 passengers. The 11-seater is only available on special order (four months waiting list) though, while an 8-seater is also available. Standard across all trim levels is the 7-seater, which not only offers space for 7 adults, but it can also carry much of their luggage along the way too. Often we are in need of the everyday people mover that does not stand out like a minibus taxi, is about as easy to park as a normal sedan, and gives so much comfort. Such a car is the Grand Sedona.

Thankfully it’s not just about space but also current living. Kia has given the Grand Sedona a new face by resurfacing its front grille with the latest “Tiger Nose” look which was created by former Chief Designer Peter Schreyer. New headlamps and LED daytime running lights give the car a rather sophisticated front look. Add to that those standard 17-inch alloy wheels with 235/65 R17 tyres. Updates have happened at the rear too, with the bumper and tail lamps both getting new looks. Overall the new Grand Sedona is very good looking.

Smart Entry with Push Button Start is available in the range-topping SXL. That feature allows ingress into the cabin through an electric sliding door mechanism, instead of manual opening. Nifty. Inside Kia has improved the fascia look and feel. The cars come with Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port for the music, while higher-spec models also come with a 17.8cm touch screen, a reversing camera and satellite navigation among other features. Android Auto is installed but waiting for activation, while Apple Carplay is active.

The powertrain range has been rationalised to the extent of only keeping one engine, and one gearbox, namely the 2.2-litre turbo diesel and new 8-speed automatic respectively. The pair work very well together, with the in-house developed transmission proving exceptionally smooth along all gears, tapping effortlessly into the 147kW and 440Nm of torque. Kia says the Grand Sedona will reach 100km/h from standstill in quite a pedestrian 13.6 seconds, achieving a top end of 190km/h. I did not test either speed claim, but the powertrain was pretty impressive in how it applied itself through the rev and gear range.

“The current Grand Sedona has been a respected companion to large families who value space, style and comfort since its launch in 2015,” says Stephen Crosse, Sales Director, Kia Motors South Africa. “Grand Sedona’s mid-life enhancement gave us an opportunity to further refine the product offering, based on valuable feedback gained from our customers over the past three years. It has the stylish appearance that modern consumers appreciate, but now also benefits from a simplified range with enhanced specification across the board.”


Kia Grand Sedona Prices

EX 7-Seater – R599 995

EX 11-Seater – R615 995

EX+ 8-Seater – R629 995
SXL 7-Seater – R782 995

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