2019 Kia Sedona

Interior


#3 out of 5 in Minivans

MSRP
$27,200
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2019 Kia Sedona Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.0

The 2019 Kia Sedona looks good inside thanks to its modern styling and quality cabin materials. The seats are spacious and comfortable, though some rivals provide more passenger room. The Sedona offers plenty of user-friendly tech features, and cargo capacity is on par with several rivals.

  • "We also appreciate the Sedona's contemporary cockpit layout. It looks great and the controls are intuitive and easy to reach." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Overall quality is as good as or better than the competition. Sturdy construction inhibits squeaks and creaks inside. The interior materials are also praiseworthy, featuring well-grained plastics, supple leather and attractive stitching." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "I'm a big fan of the Sedona's interior. Kia designed this vehicle with the intention of bringing something both premium and versatile to market, and after spending a couple hours in it, there's no question in my mind that they've succeeded." -- Autoblog (2015)

Seating

The Sedona seats seven (eight when equipped with an optional removable second-row center seat) on standard stain-resistant cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, power-sliding rear doors, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

The first two rows are spacious and comfortable, and they remain supportive on long drives. The third-row seats offer plenty of room for children, though they may be too cramped for adults. Like most minivans, the Sedona provides more passenger space than many 3-row SUVs. However, despite its accommodating interior, the Kia isn't as expansive as some other minivans.

For installing car seats, there are three full sets of LATCH connectors. The tether anchors are a bit difficult to find, but there are no other issues with the Sedona's LATCH system.

  • Like its competitors, the new Kia Sedona has three rows of seats and seating for eight or seven passengers, depending on the 2nd-row configuration. Although cavernous inside and more spacious than most 3-row SUVs, the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and Chrysler Pacifica are larger and provide more people space and more cargo capacity behind the 3rd-row seats. Seat comfort is excellent, although sadly the cool airplane-like First Class Lounge Seating option is no more." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The front seats are relatively soft and have enough support to keep you comfortable during multi-hour stretches behind the wheel." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • The third row is, as is the case with most three-row vehicles, a place better left to kids and adults of a smaller stature." -- Autoblog (2015)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Sedona include a rearview camera and the UVO infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, a four-speaker audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Available features include a sunroof, a cooled glove box, tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a rear-seat entertainment system, wireless phone charging, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a six-speaker audio system or an eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, and three additional USB ports.

Available active safety features include a 360-degree camera, driver drowsiness monitoring, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and front and rear parking sensors.

The well-organized center stack makes it easy to see and reach the controls from the driver's seat. Kia's UVO infotainment system works well thanks it its intuitive menu layouts. The touch screen responds quickly to inputs, and there are physical controls for some functions as well. One downside with the Sedona's features list is that it lacks some family-friendly amenities that rivals offer, such as a built-in vacuum or intercom system.

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  • "The overall interior design doesn't change, but buyers will no doubt appreciated (sic) the cabin's updated technology. There's a wireless smartphone charger between the front seats, and SX and SXL models get an electronic parking brake. Rear occupants will enjoy an available entertainment system that uses a pair of 10.1-inch touchscreens, which replaces the outgoing van's single flip-down overhead screen. The two displays have smartphone-mirroring functionality, and come with wireless Bluetooth headphones." -- CNET
  • "The dashboard has large, easy-to-read buttons organized in a horizontal arrangement. It's simple and intuitive. The larger touchscreen navigation and infotainment screens are also easy to use, and we like the dedicated physical knobs for critical functions." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "It's easy to appreciate the new 2017 Sedona's contemporary cockpit layout. It looks great and the controls are intuitive and easy to reach. Plus Kia still uses a touch screen for its infotainment system, which keeps things from getting overly complicated." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Cargo

The Sedona provides 33.9 cubic feet behind the third-row seats, 78.4 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 142 cubic feet with the Slide-N-Stow second-row seats in the forwardmost position. Those are typical totals for a minivan. A hands-free power liftgate is available.

The Slide-N-Stow seats make it fairly easy to use all the available cargo space because they slide forward and upward against the first-row seats. In contrast, accessing the full cargo area of some rivals requires you to physically remove the heavy seats from the minivan. However, some argue that having removable second-row seats makes it easier to carry extremely large items.

  • "The Sedona falls a bit short when it comes to cargo capacity and versatility, but most owners will still find it plenty capable. The second-row seats aren't removable." -- Edmunds
  • "To achieve maximum cargo volume, the new Sedona's track-mounted middle-row seats fold up and slide forward to stack against the front row. Third-row seats then fold below floor level. It's all very easy to use and keeps you from having to remove big heavy seats and store them in the garage." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "The [Slide-N-Stow] mechanism works pretty smoothly, and although the seats look a bit strange pressed up against the front row, like kids peeking over the front occupants' shoulders, they open up a competitive 142 cu ft. of space." -- Autotrader (2015)
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