1998 Kia Sephia

  • 1998 Kia Sephia Base Sedan

    Base Sedan

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    • SEATS
    • ENGINE
      1.8L I4
    • MSRP
  • 1998 Kia Sephia LS Sedan

    LS Sedan

    • MAX MPG
    • SEATS
    • ENGINE
      1.8L I4
    • MSRP
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1998 Kia Sephia Review

Get from A to B with a full wallet.

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The Kia Sephia is a vehicle developed to get a driver from point A to point B as economically as possible. Overall, the Sephia is pretty average with no really distinct features or notable characteristics. The main selling point of the Kia Sephia is price. The Sephia is a cheap vehicle to purchase and has above average fuel economy. In terms of long and short term costs, the Sephia is an excellent value.

The only major drawback to the Kia Sephia is the lack of features. The options list is fairly sparse and several major 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 increase of adding these optional features, the Sephia is still an exceptional value.

Overall, the Kia Sephia does not provide much competition to more expensive sedans. Drivers looking at higher end vehicles can safely pass over the Sephia entirely, since it does not offer anything that most sedans do not already have. Drivers more concerned about cost will find the Sephia provides a very solid return on investment that almost no other vehicles can match.

The Range

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

What's New

The 1998 Kia Sephia is a complete redesign from the previous year’s model. Even the basic design of the body has changed noticeably.


The Kia Sephia is a smart looking four-door sedan. It is not particularly distinct looking vehicle, but it does blend in nicely in terms of appearance. A rear spoiler is available as an optional feature. The 1998 Kia Sephia has a rounder, curvier body than the previous year’s model.


Unusual for a passenger sedan, the Kia Sephia has almost no standard features. Even features the 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. Unlike most vehicles, mediocrity works in the Sephia’s favor. Due to the low price of the Sephia, it can usually outperform vehicles in the same price range.


Despite the cut-rate price of the Sephia, its standard safety features are fairly average. The Kia Sephia comes equipped with dual-front airbags on all models. Four-wheel antilock brakes are available as an optional feature.

EPA Fuel Economy

Kia Sephia 1.8-liter automatic: 20/29 mpg city/highway
Kia Sephia 1.8-liter manual: 21/28 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

Get from A to B with a full wallet.

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