Kia Sephia Review from Jordan

1997 Kia Sephia GX 1.5

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.5 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 kilometres
Most recent distance120000 kilometres


A good limited car


The dashboard cover went up for a few centimeters.

Suspension not as good for a light weight car.

Front headlights become yellow, you can polish them or buy new ones.

General Comments:

1- It's suitable for a man weighing not more than 200lbs, height 5.5 feet. Driver space is not good enough, especially for knees.

2- Don't expect too much from a cheap used auto.

3- Acceleration is very good for the automatic version on flat terrains, and so hard for steep terrains, especially when full loaded with people.

4- You can't drive this car roughly and expect to handle this way of driving, it needs smoothness and easy commuting.

5- Buy a good shape one from the beginning. If you don't, you'll regret it, and end up spending twice twice the cost of a good one.

6- Very cheap spare parts, with full availability. Easy to repair by mechanics in most shops.

7- Be fair, and do not expect too much from a compact cheap car.

8- It's good for every day driving, not for long distance (about 200 miles a day) or severe weather conditions (desert or snow, mud); it was not engineered for this.

9- If you're lazy with regular maintenance checks... it's up to you.

10- When it's the time to dump it, don't wait, just look for another car.

11- I heard once that Sephia I is better than II, I really can't judge. What about your experience?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th November, 2010

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 1 review