1998 Sephia

Consumer Reviews

1998 Kia Sephia

$3,999 - $3,999  MSRP Range
1998 Kia Sephia

Review Score

3.0 out of 5 stars

3.0

4 Reviews
75% of drivers recommend this car
Score Breakdown
3 out of 5 stars Comfort
4.2 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
3 out of 5 stars Interior Design
3.5 out of 5 stars Reliability
3.2 out of 5 stars Performance
3.5 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

Have You Driven the 1998 Kia Sephia?

Write Your Review
Write Your Review

What Drivers Are Saying

1 - 4 of 4 reviews

3 out of 5 stars

Would rate it with an Accord

by Dudette from Rochester, NY on Tue Aug 22 2006

A very safe an well put together vehicle, I was surprised as to how tight the whole thing was. I thought it would be a tin can, but have been totally blown away at the handling, the smoothness of the ride, and the gas mileage. The only problem is the locks freeze up in the bvery cold weather. Other than that, it is a remarkable car.

3 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
3 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Your feedback has been sent to Cars.com

1 out of 5 stars

Very unhappy

by Chevy Man from Mansfield, Ohio on Thu Jun 08 2006

This car has expensive parts. Labor is expensive. No room inside. Everytime you turn around, something breaks. Has nice power, hit the gas and blow everyone away when the light turns green.

1 out of 5 starsComfort
3 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
2 out of 5 starsInterior Design
1 out of 5 starsReliability
3 out of 5 starsPerformance
3 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does not recommend this car!!

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Your feedback has been sent to Cars.com

5 out of 5 stars

Love at first sight and drive!

by SephiasAreGrand from Indianapolis, IN on Mon Feb 04 2013

I love this car! I actually own one and yes it might breakdown a few times but if you know the right people and know hoe to get the cheapest parts, fixing it will not be as expensive as buying a brand new KIA Soul (which has absolutely no space inside). I've owned this car for a long time and It has never failed me when I need it the most. Over all I give this lil' bug 5*'s!

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Your feedback has been sent to Cars.com

3 out of 5 stars

It gets you there

by MX-5 Mike from Monterey, California on Sun Sep 17 2017

I owned this car in high school purely because I had $1000 to spend, and that's what was on the lot. It was tan, ugly, and had zero features, but if properly maintained it'll last forever and get you where you need to go with relatively little drama. It shouldn't be anyone's first choice, but if you find one in good condition and just need a people mover, I would recommend it.

3 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
2 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
1 out of 5 starsPerformance
2 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

Did you find this review helpful?

Your feedback has been sent to Cars.com

1

Our Take on the 1998 Kia Sephia

The tailpipe doesn't rust, and the rattles are gone. The body looks substantial, but the appearance is deceptive. It's still a little car, even though it is longer and a tad taller than its predecessor.

The 1998 Kia Sephia LS is redesigned and all dressed up for this year's sales, but questions remain about whether it has anyplace to go.

The problem is this: The Sephia is trying to succeed in a brutally tough segment of the U.S. auto market, the small-car group, cars with wheelbases of up to 104 inches, which account for 27.3 percent of all new cars sold in this country.

Even if the Kia Sephia matched its rivals in quality -- and it doesn't -- it would have a tough road to travel. People don't... Read More