By KBB.com Editors
What if you could have all the luxury trappings of a $50,000 sedan in a stylish four-door costing half as much? That's the promise Kia's Amanti offers, albeit without the high resale value and premium-sedan status of the higher-priced choices. For those unconcerned by such trivialities, the 2008 Kia Amanti delivers a smooth ride, decent handling, a huge rear seat and a competent V6 engine. Among the Amanti's long list of standard features are heated side mirrors, one-touch up/down power windows, an eight-way adjustable power driver's seat and a power sunroof. Compared to a Buick Lucerne, Lincoln MXZ and Chrysler 300, the Amanti appears a tempting alternative, and with its standard 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, concerns about long-term reliability are put aside.
If you like lots of nice luxury features, a powerful V6 engine and styling that sets itself apart, but you have only about $26,000 to spend, Kia has a car for you.
If you're seeking a luxury vehicle that clings to its resale value like a miser to his money, you may be happier with, for example, the Toyota Avalon.
No major changes for 2008.
Driving Impressions One of the truly amazing things about the Amanti is just how quiet the interior is at highway speeds. Kia engineers went above and beyond to keep wind, road and...tire noise out of the cabin, and their efforts paid off big-time. The suspension engineers have tuned the Amanti to deliver exactly the type of ride associated with a full-size sedan. A double-wishbone front and multilink rear suspension allow the Amanti to float over most road imperfections while still managing a fairly stable ride. The handling is decent and should satisfy most drivers' needs. Push the Amanti hard and it will lean into turns and dive under hard braking, but no better or worse than its counterparts in this segment.
Full Complement of Airbags
The inclusion of front and rear side-impact airbags, and full side-curtain airbags, in a car of this price is highly commendable and an indication of the Amanti's very high level of features and value for the money.
Sportmatic Manual Shifter
The Sportmatic manual shifter allows you to shift when you want.
The Amanti's handsome and well-appointed interior makes more of an impression than the car's exterior. The attractive dash employs a split-level two-tone design with a prominent analog clock or optional information screen taking center stage. Dark faux wood is appropriately applied throughout the interior, mixed with leather, chrome and high-quality plastics. The Amanti is a roomy car, with an exceptionally large rear seat and trunk. We applaud the eight-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support, but wish Kia would offer the same features on the passenger's side as well.Exterior
The 2008 Kia Amanti certainly knows how to make an entrance. The tall body, big grille and headlight treatment stir up memories of a number of luxury cars. Last year, the Amanti received a revised grille and headlight treatment, new front and rear bumpers, redesigned rear quarter panels and a new deck lid, giving it the look of a cross between a Mercedes and a Lincoln.
Every 2008 Kia Amanti features a 3.8-liter V6, five-speed Sportmatic automatic transmission, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, one touch up/down power windows, power locks, remote entry, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), fog lights, dual heated power mirrors, AM/FM stereo with cassette and CD, eight-way power driver's seat, four-way power passenger's seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror, cruise control, steering wheel touch controls, alloy wheels and a full complement of airbags: Dual front advanced, front and rear side-impact and full side-curtain.
For the most part, the options are offered in four packages. The Leather Package includes leather seat trim, heated front seats, memory for driver's seat and mirrors, power and heated mirrors with automatic tilt-down, trip computer with outside temperature and an Infinity AM/FM/six-disc in-dash CD with nine speakers. The Premium Package includes black and brushed-aluminum interior trim, black leather seats, Supervision meter cluster, power adjustable pedals and 17-inch chrome alloy wheels. The Wheel Package consists of 17-inch machined alloy wheels. And the Stability Package includes Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control and Brake Assist.
The Amanti is powered by a 3.8-liter, 24-valve twin-cam V6 engine that makes 264 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. This new engine provides ample low-end power and significantly better acceleration than the previous model. Acceleration is strong and constant, allowing the Amanti to merge into high-speed traffic with ease and assurance. The new engine also delivers an improvement in city and highway fuel economy.
264 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
260 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24
By Steve B on Sunday, November 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 230,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great reliability and power. Fun to drive."
Cons: "Needs USB port and a few more gadgets."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I purchased my KIA AMANTI in 2010 with fewer than 18,000 miles. I now have 230,000 miles. I have replaced tires and windshield wipers and brakes & regular oil changes. I drive the heck out of my cars with some city driving but mostly trips in excess of 200 miles. This car has GREAT get up and go with plenty of room. I like the shifter where I can shift gears myself. I do that frequently. I wish they still sold this model. I wish it had more gadgets but in 08 they were not that popular. USB input would be nice. I'm selling it only because of the high milage."
12 people out of 17 found this review helpful
By Ed on Saturday, July 19, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 109,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Rides like a luxury car,because it weighs 2 tons!"
Cons: "Gas mileage is low compared to newer cars!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I would recommend this car to anyone, has firestone tires new in 2013. This car rides and handles like a dream!Has been serviced by Kia dealership on time its lifetime!Gets 20 mpg around town, on trip 25-27 mpg!"
3 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Dreamer on Monday, March 31, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Comfort, reliability, interior, quiet smooth ride"
Cons: "No AWD, mediocre mileage (20+mpg)"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"When we started looking for a Chrysler 300 in 2006, we didn't like the interior, but saw the Kia Amanti at the dealership, and loved it, except that it didn't have AWD. The Salesman assured us that it had ESC, which would probably get us home if caught in a snowstorm. ESC was not on this car, as on most KIAs, so we tried to give it back. Not a chance. We were given Spider spikes instead, and fortunately, because of the drought, never had to use them. Everything else about the car is ideal, which we realized after we started thinking about a new car!"
12 people out of 18 found this review helpful
By Lollie on Thursday, March 20, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 94,342overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Pros: "great car electrical dont make no more"
Cons: "look out electrical shorts thats why they dont mak"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"i love this car ive had it 6 or7 yrs but after a few yrs it got to where it wouldnt start if u didnt start it everydayvevery threecdays it would be eead. Guess what no one will work on it and niw I hear do not buy one cause they r known fir electirical problems for sure is why they quit majing them. Oh, great my husband went to a shop thats all he does is electrical work on cars he ask my husband what kind of car u git my husband told him kia amanti 2004 he said no no dont bring to me u cant fix it no matter what u do u cant fix it that was last week.Now if u start it everyday u can start it now all I hear is dont huy a kia amanti they all get a elecrical problem.yeah, this car looks great rides smooth plenty of roombut what do u do when they get yhis problem might jot now but it will mark it down it willget some kind of short.hiw will u rate it then. I still think they r great looking great riding and I would keep it forever guess I will aint nobody want it."
8 people out of 16 found this review helpful
By Jeff on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,522overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"First car I've ever owned. It was passed down to me through my parents. For an '05 kia its extremely reliable. I've never had problems with it. The only issues I had were because, I was driving terribly and I got in an accident. Pros: Very comfortable, quiet, easy on the eyes, even though it only has 200 bhp the engine responds very well when put to the test. Cons: MPG is quiet terrifying (on average I get around 15 MPG city), brakes could be better"
10 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By Loragan Moore on Wednesday, December 25, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "too many to list"
Cons: "The only thing bad about the car is the gas milage"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I purchased my 04 Amanti 13 months ago, The thing was almost brand new inside and out. It has the premium sound system and all the bells an whistles minus the roof option and spoiler. I received my Disability and was looking for a car, my mom talked me into getting this car for a pretty decent price and it had 86k miles on it. The previous owner were snow birds, Migrating with the warm weather in and out of Yuma AZ. I reluctantly purchased this car cause my brother who is a mechanic said he wants one of these cars in the worse way. I got it and I tell you what, It has impressed me every step of the way. The handling is amazing, one of the most responsive vehicles i have ever driven ( and thats after being a mechanic myself for over 10 years ) and so roomy inside. I am 6" 5' and I fit inside very comfortably and my daughter who is 5" 6' fits just as well with the power seats. This car has impressed me and I would highly recommend this car to anyone who wants a very reliable and luxurious car for cheap."
16 people out of 22 found this review helpful