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Kia Grand Sedona Motoring Review

IT was first introduced in 1998 as the KIA Carnival. KIA’s large MPV offering, now known as the Grand Sedona in South Africa, has been completely reinvented and is set to take customers to a place where superior design and smart features combine with a deep understanding of practical needs.

Completely redesigned for 2015 and built on an all-new chassis, the Grand Sedona introduces a wider-looking stance, a clean profile with crossover utility vehicle style, and KIA’s bold ‘face’ appearance. The new model was designed to offer a modern interpretation of the practical and versatile MPV, with a look that combines the on-road presence of a large crossover with the luxury of a sedan.

The front of the new Grand Sedona incorporates a wide, upright ‘tiger-nose’ grille, with wrap-around headlamps and prominent, framed fog lamps that gives the car a more modern, imposing appearance than its predecessor.

The rear of the Grand Sedona further emphasizes the car’s solid appearance, with wide rear lamps, broad metal surfaces and a glass-area shaped to give the car more prominent ‘shoulders’.

The interior of the new Grand Sedona is an entirely new design, with a sophisticated, luxurious cabin made up of higher quality materials and premium features and technology.

Designers cite first class air travel as a key influence behind the design and layout of the cabin, with elegant individual seats for front and second row passengers and overhead consoles and air conditioning vents to ensure maximum utility and comfort for all.

The Grand Sedona majors on practicality and versatility, with customers able to choose from numerous seating arrangements thanks to the vehicle being offered with seven and 11-seat configurations.

Additional storage space in the cabin is particularly generous, with a large storage area under the front armrest to accommodate items as large as a laptop. The front passenger has access to two gloveboxes for added utility, as well as a small document-sized tray built into the center console. Similar compartments can be found further back in the cabin for rear occupants, ensuring every passenger has access to ample storage space for maximum comfort and convenience.

The new Grand Sedona is equipped with KIA’s Smart Power Tailgate, which automatically opens when the key is ‘sensed’ in close proximity to the trunk, allowing owners to load their shopping bags or heavy objects straight into the vehicle. For added convenience, the Grand Sedona also features two power-sliding rear doors that also open at the touch of a button, either on the driver’s overhead console, or with the Smart Key.
A new seven-inch colour TFT LCD screen further improves the interior’s modern function and ambiance, while displaying all relevant journey information which the driver can select from the multi-function steering wheel.

The standard audio system provides 4.3-inch TFT LCD touchscreen display, also fitted with a rear parking camera, MP3 CD player, multimedia ports for USB and AUX-in connections, and six speakers around the cabin. High specification models feature eight Infinity speakers throughout the cabin and an external amplifier to provide a more powerful, high quality sound.

The all-new KIA Grand Sedona is available with either a 3,3-litre MPI (Multi-Point Injection) V6 petrol engine, or KIA’s 2,2-litre ‘R’ turbodiesel engine. As with the new KIA Sorento, these engines have been engineered for greater efficiency and performance and, combined with the standard six-speed automatic transmission, ensure smooth application of power.

The 3,3-litre MPI engine produces 199kW of power at 6 400rpm and 318Nm of torque at 5 200rpm. The Grand Sedona’s 2,2-litre four cylinder ‘R’ turbodiesel engine produces 440Nm of torque between 1 750rpm and 2 750rpm and produces 147kW of power.

Owners have access to a number of ‘active’ safety technologies, including BSD (Blind-Spot Detection) with LCA (Lane Change Assist), which alerts the driver to vehicles approaching from the rear at high speeds in neighboring lanes to name a few. The Grand Sedona is fitted with up to eight airbags, with driver, front passenger, side and curtain airbags further enhancing occupant safety.

KIA Motors South Africa will offer five versions of the new Grand Sedona, making use of both engine options, seven- and 11-seat configurations and three specification levels, EX, SX and SXL.

All models comes standard with KIA’s five-year or 150 000km warranty, a five-year or 100 000km maintenance plan, and three years unlimited roadside assistance.

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