PARENTS narrowed the field of more than 50 contenders by choosing the minivans (MPVs) and SUVs that passed government safety tests with excellent results
In this instance, only vehicles with a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) were considered, a feat the Grand Sedona has held for the past four years.
Thereafter, Abbie Patterson, a child passenger safety technician and owner of the consulting company Super Car Seat Geek, installed multiple car seats in each vehicle – specifically, an average-size infant seat, convertible seat, harnessed booster, and backless booster. Ultimately, the Grand Sedona was rated highly in this category as well, offering multiple seating configurations (in the U.S.A.) and therefore multiple car seat options.
Only those cars that passed this test were evaluated by auto expert, Rob Stumpf, on performance, driving features and more and, again, the Grand Sedona performed with aplomb. In particular, its car-like steering and the ease of parking was called out, as was the smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission.
“The KIA Grand Sedona remains one of the most practical, most versatile vehicles in our range,” says Stephen Crosse, Sales Director for KIA Motors South Africa. “Whether it’s space and versatility you’re looking for to make the daily school run much more fun, or comfort and features for a more enjoyable family trip, the Grand Sedona ticks every box.”
In South Africa, the KIA Grand Sedona is available in three specification levels (EX, EX+ and SXL) and with three different seating configuarations (7 seats, 8 seats and 11 seats – model specific). All models are powered exclusively by KIA’s renowned 2,2-litre turbodiesel engine, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Priced from R653,995, all models ships as standard with KIA’s industry-leading Unlimited Kilometre, 5-year warranty, as well as a 5-year/100,000km service plan.