The seven-seat MPV will be phased out when production ends in 2011
23 September 2009

Kia will discontinue its seven-seat Sedona MPV when production ends in 2011.

A senior Korean source told Autocar that there wasn’t major demand for large MPVs such as the Sedona anymore and sales in the sector have been steadily declining.

“With the current trend being towards downsizing, there is no longer a case for cars like the Sedona in the UK,” said the source.

“All our efforts in Europe are making powertrains smaller and more efficient so it’s hard to make a business case for a large MPV with lots of power and high emissions.”

The source confirmed to Autocar that the next Magentis saloon was still going ahead and it would be a “very special” car. He added that he had already seen it in concept form in Korea.

“The new Magneits will be here in 2011 but at the moment we’re getting ready to show it off as a concept,” said the source.

“Peter Schreyer [Kia’s European chief designer] has had lots of influence and it’s going to be a very smart design.”

Our Verdict

Kia Sedona 2006-2012

The Kia Sedona offers lots of space for seven, but it is no longer the spacious bargain it once was

Join the debate

Comments
8

23 September 2009

The world will be a poorer place once the beautiful, 'powerful' and graceful Sedona is gone. Let's hope Nissan bring back the lovely Serena.

23 September 2009

[quote noluddite]Let's hope Nissan bring back the lovely Serena.[/quote]

And what about the Toyota Picnic (I'm not sure if it was sold in the UK).

Their owners used to have such a sense of pride when asked what they drove. They swelled out their chest, haunched their shoulders, raised their chins and replied in a glowing, powerful voice "A TOYOTA PICNIC."

...the band was playing Dixie: double-four time...

23 September 2009

[quote cimardinius]

And what about the Toyota Picnic (I'm not sure if it was sold in the UK).

Their owners used to have such a sense of pride when asked what they drove.

[/quote] I saw a guy do the same thing in Halfords last week, proudly announcing that he had a Nissan Almera Tino. What a piece of cr*p! And yes, the Picnic was sold here, unfortunately...

23 September 2009

[quote noluddite]The world will be a poorer place once the beautiful, 'powerful' and graceful Sedona is gone. Let's hope Nissan bring back the lovely Serena.[/quote]

LMAO!

How will we survive without it...

23 September 2009

If Kia don't think there is a market for 7-seaters in the UK, I wonder why Autocar continues to push for them, and seems to downgrade anything with a mere 5 seats.

23 September 2009

Joking aside, it's a shame the Sedona won't be replaced. It will soon be impossible to buy an MPV with comfortable seating for 7 adults, due to the lamentable decision of all manufacturers to abandon removeable rear seats in favour of Zafira-style fold-flat items. These are without exception set too close to the floor and condemn the hapless passengers in the third row to an excrutiatingly uncomfortable knees-under-chin posture. Looks as if I'll have to keep on repairing my old VW Sharan well beyond its sell-by date...

23 September 2009

Who on earth will Mercedes sell their ancient engines to now? How thoughtless of Kia...

The Sedona will not be missed. Someone mentioned the Toyota Picnic, marketted as a "Family Fun Vehicle" *vomit*... at least the Picnic was almost reliable and quite refined - The Sedona was the biggest pile of junk I've ever driven or had the mispleasure to sit in. That includes Protons, Dodges and the Rover Cityrover!

23 September 2009

At last, a good news story.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq
  • Audi Q7 e-tron
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Expensive and flawed but this understated diesel-electric Audi Q7 has a lot to offer
  • Citroën C3
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Is the third gen Citroën C3 ‘fresh and different’ enough to take on its supermini rivals? We spend six months with one to find out
  • BMW X3
    First Drive
    15 October 2017
    A satisfying rework of the X3 that usefully improves its handling, cabin finish, space and connectivity to make this BMW a class front-runner again
  • Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer
    First Drive
    13 October 2017
    Off-road estate is now bigger, more spacious and available with torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, but is it enough to make its German rivals anxious?