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1997 Kia Sephia

  • 1997 Kia Sephia GS Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      122/117
    • ENGINE
      1.8L I4
    • MSRP
      $11,955
  • 1997 Kia Sephia LS Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      34
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      105/100
    • ENGINE
      1.6L I4
    • MSRP
      $10,745
  • 1997 Kia Sephia RS Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      34
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      105/100
    • ENGINE
      1.6L I4
    • MSRP
      $9,795
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1997 Kia Sephia Review

A bargain bin vehicle with decent performance and handling.

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Overview

The 1997 Kia Sephia is a vehicle developed to get the driver from point A to point B as economically as possible. Overall, the Sephia is average, with no distinct features or notable characteristics. The main selling point of the Kia Sephia is its price tag. The Sephia features a nice combination of affordability and an above-average fuel economy. Considering long and short term costs, the Sephia is an excellent value.

The only major drawback to the Kia Sephia is the lack of features, as the options list is sparse and several important comfort features are conspicuously missing. The most notable missing features are the lack of air-conditioning and an audio system. Both of these must be added as options. However, even with the cost of adding these additional features, the Sephia is still an exceptional value.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 1.6-liter four-cylinder, 1.8-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Kia Sephia LS, Kia Sephia RS, Kia Sephia GS

What's New

The 1997 Kia Sephia now offers tan as an interior color option and black as an exterior color option. The new Sephia RS includes body-colored bumpers. The lack of major changes in the 1997 model is due to a planned redesign to the Sephia for 1998.

Exterior

The Kia Sephia is a smart-looking four-door sedan. It is not a particularly distinct vehicle, but it does blend in nicely in terms of appearance. The 1997 Kia Sephia is quite angular, with fairly minimal curves compared to later models. It measures 66.7 inches wide, 54.7 inches tall, and 171.7 inches long, with a curb weight of 2476 pounds and a wheelbase of 98.4 inches.

Interior

Unusual for a passenger sedan, the 1997 Kia Sephia has almost no standard features. Even features that most people take for granted, like air conditioning and an audio system, are only available as options.

Performance & Handling

The performance and handling of the Kia Sephia are mediocre across the board. However, unlike most vehicles, mediocrity works in the Sephia’s favor. Due to the low price tag, the Sephia can usually outperform vehicles in the same price range.

Safety

Despite the cut-rate price of the 1997 Kia Sephia, standard safety features are average. The Kia Sephia comes equipped with dual-front airbags on all models. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes, traction control, and stability control are also available as optional features on the Sephia GS.

EPA Fuel Economy

Kia Sephia 1.6-liter four-cylinder, four-speed automatic: 21/28 mpg city/highway
Kia Sephia 1.6-liter four-cylinder, five-speed manual: 24/31 mpg city/highway
Kia Sephia 1.8-liter four-cylinder, four-speed automatic: 21/27 mpg city/highway
Kia Sephia 1.8-liter four-cylinder, five-speed manual: 21/29 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Low price
  • Good fuel economy

You Won't Like

  • Difficult to locate due to low number of dealers
  • Poor quality construction
  • Some standard features in most other sedans are only available as options

Sum Up

A bargain bin vehicle with decent performance and handling.

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