Kia's stepping stone

to UK success

Kia Sedona, front

KIA has risen to become a big hitter in the UK market with a range of cars that's grown to be a major feature of British driveways.

From humble beginnings with the little Pride hatchback, the Korean car maker has seen a meteoric rise in sales over the past few years, all built on a knack of providing a car for the times.

One such was the Kia Sedona, an edition of a global MPV platform which cashed in on the multi-seat trend in the UK.

In fact, the second-generation Sedona was the second top selling large MPV in the UK market, and in 2010 received a new grille, new equipment (including a reversing camera built into the rear-view mirror) and a single engine choice, a 192ps 2.2 CRDi diesl replacing the 183ps 2.9-litre CDRi.

The second generation Sedona was marketed in three trim levels (1,2 and 3) with a five-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic gearbox.

Trim level 1 included air conditioning and electric windows while rim level 2 received alloy wheels, rear parking camera with the display incorporated into the rear-view mirror, and climate control.

Trim level 3 added electronic stability control, leather seats, heated front seats, power tail gate and powered folding door mirrors.

The Sedona featured the Kia quality of offering a lot for its price - and with a family-friendly layout of seven seats.

It was a clever all-round package that was hard to beat and soon became a favourite in the used car arena.

The post 2002 cars were cheaper to service and the older petrol versions were not exactly frugal.

The diesels were somewhat gruff to the ear yet owners were wowed by the massive amount of space.

But as with everything time catches up and newer market choices hit Sedona sales causing it to be withdrawn in September 2012.

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