2008 Kia Sedona


$5,317 - $5,733

2008 Kia Sedona Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2008 Kia Sedona was new.


Interior: 8.1

While reviewers find the Sedona's seating area to be comfortable, they don't find it especially stylish. "The Sedona LX has a passenger-pampering cabin," says the Washington Post, "which is all the more remarkable because there is nothing fancy about it." Nonetheless, comfort is probably more important than style in a vehicle that can hold seven people, and some reviewers believe that at least six of those will fit nicely - seven if the back row is used to carry children. "Seating in all three rows was comfortable," says the Sacramento Bee.

It's the features that have the reviewers particularly excited, though. "One thing you notice about the Kia Sedona minivan is that it is incredibly loaded with features," says The Auto Channel, adding that it's "almost overloaded." There are, however, some complaints about the absence of satellite radio and navigation system options.

Some reviewers complain about the Sedona's interior materials. Car and Driver gripes that "the phony-wood trim on the EX dash looks as if it were peeled off the side of an old Jeep Grand Wagoneer, and some interior plastic pieces have an 800-grit coarseness to them." Kelley Blue Book found a "wood-look trim that's reminiscent of wood-paneled wagons and dens from the Brady Bunch era." Consumer Guide thinks that the "Sedona's cabin is short on soft-touch surfaces and long on nondescript plastics, but the materials are mostly in line with the price." The Los Angeles Times reviewer, with tongue partly in cheek, observes that "[t]he wood trim was made from that exotic species of hardwood, Polystyrene ironicus." But MSN feels that "the interior didn't look downscale." And Motor Week praises the inside of the Sedona for having "a handsome, tasteful look, with quality plastics and nice faux wood trim."


The Kia Sedona seats seven in three rows, with seats for two in each of the first two rows and room for two adults or three children in back. Reviewers find the first two rows more than acceptable for adult passengers, but most feel that the third row is only comfortable for kids.

The first row is generally regarded as comfortable. "Those in front face a huge windshield and can get comfortable in supportive seats," according to the Chicago Sun-Times. However, New Car Test Drive recommends the EX's power seats over the manual seats: "The power seat extends farther back than the standard manual seat, offering more legroom. We co-drove an LX with a six-foot-four fellow, whose legs were cramped in the manual seat."

The second row also fares well with critics. Consumer Guide found the "[c]omfortable 2nd-row seats easy to reach" and felt that they "offer adult-size head and leg room even with front seats fully back." The captain's chairs in the second row flip and fold so that they can be moved out of the way to allow passengers into the third row. Some reviewers find this operation difficult. "Folding down the second-row seats to climb into the third row is more cumbersome than in other minivans," says U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman, "but once back there the third row is spacious and comfy."

The Chicago Sun-Times calls the third-row seat "roomy enough for two tall adults," but there is some controversy as to the comfort level in back. "Sitting in the third row is another matter," says the Detroit News, "because your knees are higher than your hips -- not a good position for long trips." And Edmunds feels that "the third-row seat is still best left to little kids due to a low cushion and tight headroom."

Interior Features

The 2008 Kia Sedona comes with a large number of standard features and a few optional ones, and many reviewers are impressed with the standard features alone. MSN finds "so much standard stuff that few options exist." New Car Test Drive calls the Sedona "well equipped." The Chicago Sun-Times feels that the entire Korean auto industry deserves praise for this: "It's hard to beat Korean automakers on standard equipment levels." Standard features on the base model include tri-zone climate controls, power front windows, power door locks, an AM/FM/CD audio system, keyless entry, cruise control and a front-row extendable side table with cupholders. Consumer Guide finds the table "handy," but adds that it "lets items slide around a lot." U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman says, "Standard three-zone climate control ...is a privilege on a reasonably priced vehicle like the Sedona." The high-end EX trim adds MP3 and cassette capability to the audio system, power rear quarter windows, a trip computer with a compass and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

Reviewers generally like the dashboard control layout. "Gauges are easily read," says the Chicago Sun-Times. "The dashboard is well-arranged," says MSN, "with a center stack area where buttons and knobs are large and Lexus-like." But Kelley Blue Book felt that the "up-front collection of knobs and buttons isn't as attractive as some of its competitors."


U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman found that the standard audio system "is weak, with dusty sound at higher volumes." Kelley Blue Book prefers the 13-speaker Infinity audio system, available as an option on the EX, finding that it "delivers impressive music and movie performance." A backseat DVD system is available on the LX and EX, but USA Todaycomplains about what isn't available: "Satellite radio, iPod-style plug-in and navigation system aren't available. Kia begins offering satellite radio next year on some '08 models. It's unclear how soon it will be available on Sedona. The other features aren't on the radar screen."


Reviews are generally positive about the cargo space in the 2008 Kia Sedona. Even with the third row up, reviewers like the recessed cargo area in the rear: "The cargo area is decent with the split third seat upright," says the Chicago Sun-Times, "thanks to a deep cargo well into which that seat folds when more cargo space is needed." With the third row folded into that well and the second row captain's chairs out of the way, there is 141.5 cubic feet of cargo space available in the LX and EX, and 121.3 cubic feet in the base model. "Maximum cargo, although a few cubic feet short of the class leaders, is still generous," says Edmunds, "and plenty of cubbies abound for quick stowage of things like cell phones, purses and snacks." MSN calls the cargo space "enormous." The Sacramento Bee regards it as "whopping...That's enough to carry a few soccer balls ... and maybe the soccer goal posts." There is also considerable praise for the vehicle's 14 cupholders. "The vehicle is utterly lousy with beverage holders," says the Los Angeles Times. "If you find yourself ferrying a lot of lapsed alcoholics, this is your minivan."

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