Used 2001 Kia Sephia

Pros & Cons

  • Low price, impressive build quality, roomy interior, incredible warranty.
  • Unrefined drivetrain, weak tires, cheap interior materials.
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Edmunds' Expert Review

The Sephia will never be called a great sedan, but for some, it might prove to be a good bargain.

Vehicle overview

The Kia Sephia is proving itself a contender in the compact sedan market, greatly aided by its extreme affordability. Two trim levels are offered and both come equipped with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 125 horsepower to the front wheels through a standard five-speed manual transmission. A responsive four-speed automatic is optional.

Base equipment on the Sephia includes power steering, four-wheel independent suspension with front and rear stabilizer bars, wheel covers, dual exterior mirrors, theft-deterrent system, rear defogger, cassette stereo, 60/40 split-folding rear seat and fabric upholstery. The upgraded LS adds air conditioning, power windows and door locks, bodyside moldings, tilt steering wheel and a driver's seat cushion tilt feature. Buyers can add wood grain dash appliques, a rear spoiler and floor mats to any Sephia, but goodies like cruise control, alloy wheels, power mirrors and ABS are limited to the more expensive LS.

Upscale styling tweaks make Sephia appear more expensive than a car this cheap has a right to look. Even build quality ranks high for a vehicle in this class, based upon our experience. Slam any one of the four doors and you will be rewarded with an impressive "thunk" usually reserved for Hondas and Toyotas. Oddly, however, Kia often scores well below average in terms of initial quality according to J.D. Power and Associates, as reported by owners of the car.

The Sephia is certainly not a performance car, despite its optional rear spoiler, but the motor makes a decent 108 ft-lbs. of torque. This allows the 2,500-pound Sephia to scoot away from stoplights with authority, but the engine doesn't generate much passing thrust at higher rpms where the engine makes more racket than power.

Boasting a capable, Lotus-tuned suspension, Sephia is severely hampered by cheap original equipment tires, which are noisy and make for sloppy handling in the twisties. The front disc/rear drum brakes, available with ABS on LS models, won't help in this regard, proving weak and generally ineffective with lousy pedal feel.

Perhaps the Sephia's greatest strength, aside from a low price and extensive warranty package, lies in its roomy interior, which, according to Kia, is larger than the 2000 Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, among others. With a truly useable rear seat, four adults can fit with a minimum of contortion.

Sephia offers better up front, out-of-pocket value than many competitors. The new Kia Long Haul Warranty Program helps this value equation. It consists of a 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile limited basic warranty, a five-year/100,000-mile anti-perforation warranty (which protects against holes in the body caused by rust) and a five-year, unlimited mileage roadside assistance plan.

But, is that enough to sway buyers? Unimpressive mechanicals and a bad rep for quality will, for some penny-pinching consumers, be offset by the low price and great warranty. The Sephia would never be called a great car, but for some, it might prove to be a good bargain.

2001 Highlights

The 2001 Sephia features new safety items such as child seat anchors, front seatbelt pre-tensioners and an emergency internal trunk release. Changes for the 2001 model year also include dual visor vanity mirrors, a coin tray and a gas-cap tether.


Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2001 Kia Sephia.

Average user rating: 3.7 stars
58 total reviews
5 star reviews: 29%
4 star reviews: 33%
3 star reviews: 21%
2 star reviews: 10%
1 star reviews: 7%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

3.625/5 stars, 2001 kia sephia 225000 and still running tough
4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
i have a 2001 kia sephia ive been the only owner it has been by far the best car ive ever bought i have done routine oil changes and tune ups on it and ive done the timeing and water pump every 60000 on it and she just keeps running like a champ and i get 30 mpgs out of it and im am very happy with it..
5/5 stars, Dependable, excellent mpg, amazing value
4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
I have nothing to say but good things about my KIA Sephia 2001. Got the car at 42 000 miles for $3,100 and sold it at 134 000 miles. I owned it for 8 years and during this time there was manor repairs/maintenance - alternator, break pump, rotors, breaks, spark, plugs, ext. However the car is dependable and just kept going without major issues. Very economical on gas. It was basic, manual transmission, locks and windows, but that never bother me. Overall, best value for the $, would recommended for anyone who values dependable and economical over convince.
4.25/5 stars, No Problems Yet!
4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
For an economy car -- paid $10,600 brand new (standard w/ AC), this has been a faithful car. Four years and 60,000 miles later, I have no complaints, although the older I get, the more uncomfortable the sparse interior gets. One great plus -- we live in a bad neighborhood, and our car is tough to break into. We see marks where people have attempted it, but so far no one has gotten into it (it took the tech 1/2 hour to do it once when I locked my keys into my car!). This car has taken us clear across the US (coast to coast) at least 3 times, and this summer, we took it all the way to LABRADOR, Canada (from Chicago) with 2 kids and camping gear. We've definitely gotten our money's worth out of it!
1/5 stars, My Kia
4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
I knew that I was not buying a luxury car, so I didn't expect it to be comfortable. But I did expect that for 20,000 (with interest) my 2001 Kia Sephia would be reliable. My car has failed on me 10 times in the past two years, all ten times the problem being my battery...dead, no matter the weather or how long my car was sitting. My dash lights also go out on occasion which really sucks because it's usually nice to know how fast you are going. My Kia stinks.

Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
19 City / 28 Hwy / 23 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.2 gal. capacity
5 seats
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 125 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 108 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
Basic Warranty
5 yr./ 60000 mi.
Length: 174.4 in. / Height: 55.5 in. / Width: 66.9 in.
Curb Weight: 2534 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: N/A


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver4 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver3 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverNot Rated
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact TestNot Tested
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test


Is the Kia Sephia a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2001 Sephia both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Kia Sephia fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Sephia gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg to 24 mpg, depending on the configuration. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Kia Sephia. Learn more

Is the Kia Sephia reliable?

To determine whether the Kia Sephia is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Sephia. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Sephia's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2001 Kia Sephia a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2001 Kia Sephia is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2001 Sephia is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2001 Kia Sephia?

The least-expensive 2001 Kia Sephia is the 2001 Kia Sephia 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $10,845.

Other versions include:

  • 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A) which starts at $11,820
  • LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A) which starts at $13,420
  • 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M) which starts at $10,845
  • LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M) which starts at $12,445
Learn more

What are the different models of Kia Sephia?

If you're interested in the Kia Sephia, the next question is, which Sephia model is right for you? Sephia variants include 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A), LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A), 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M), and LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M). For a full list of Sephia models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2001 Kia Sephia

Used 2001 Kia Sephia Overview

The Used 2001 Kia Sephia is offered in the following submodels: Sephia Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A), LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A), 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M), and LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M). Pre-owned Kia Sephia models are available with a 1.8 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 125 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2001 Kia Sephia comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 4-speed automatic, 5-speed manual. The Used 2001 Kia Sephia comes with a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 10 yr./ 100000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2001 Kia Sephia?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the Used 2001 Kia Sephia and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the Used 2001 Sephia 3.7 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the Used 2001 Sephia.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2001 Kia Sephia and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2001 Sephia featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New Used 2001 Kia Sephia?

Used 2001 Kia Sephia 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

The Used 2001 Kia Sephia 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $12,315. The average price paid for a new Used 2001 Kia Sephia 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A) is trending $11,182 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $11,182 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $1,133.

The average savings for the Used 2001 Kia Sephia 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A) is 90.8% below the MSRP.

Used 2001 Kia Sephia LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

The Used 2001 Kia Sephia LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $13,915. The average price paid for a new Used 2001 Kia Sephia LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A) is trending $12,667 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $12,667 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $1,248.

The average savings for the Used 2001 Kia Sephia LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A) is 91% below the MSRP.

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What is the MPG of a 2001 Kia Sephia?

2001 Kia Sephia 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A), 4-speed automatic, regular unleaded
23 compined MPG,
19 city MPG/28 highway MPG

2001 Kia Sephia LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A), 4-speed automatic, regular unleaded
23 compined MPG,
19 city MPG/28 highway MPG

2001 Kia Sephia 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M), 5-speed manual, regular unleaded
24 compined MPG,
22 city MPG/28 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG23
Transmission4-speed automatic
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement1.8 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase100.8 in.
Length174.4 in.
Width66.9 in.
Height55.5 in.
Curb Weight2534 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2001 Kia Sephia?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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