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2008 Kia Amanti

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2008 Kia Amanti Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's New for 2008

No major changes for 2008.

Driving the Amanti
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.

2008 Kia Amanti Details
2008 Kia Amanti photo Interior

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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.

3.8-liter V6
264 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
260 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24

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2008 Kia Amanti Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 231 Ratings for the 2004 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.5/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Best car i've ever drove!

By on Tuesday, May 3, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 163,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Classy design makes it looks more expensive!"

Cons: "can't think of any cons"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car has been a jewel to own! I love the fact that a lot of people confuse the design of the car to a Mercedes! It is as close as you can get. Not only does it feel great to drive, it is classy looking and dependable. GO KIA!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Best ride ever

By on Thursday, March 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,207

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great price, very comfortable, dependable"

Cons: "I have nothing negative to say"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I own this car. It rides like a dream. smooth and easy. the windows came tinted which is really nice, I am sure it was an added extra. the sound system made by Infinity. Great surround sound! not only is it an automatic, it also converts to a clutchless manual drive. The front real leather heated seats recline all the way in a laying down position. Interior dash is real wood. leather steering wheel tilts. rearview mirror deflects bright headlights from behind. back seats are just as comfortable with plenty of leg room. and airbags surround the interior!great gas mileage!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Very reliable and comfortable car

By on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Loved my sunroof and sound system in the car. Two areas of displeasure was the paint peeling off front and back bumper and wearing on interior of doors, the arm rest."

10 people out of 14 found this review helpful

I bought this care brand new off the show room flo

By on Monday, October 5, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "style, smooth ride and realiability"

Cons: "nothing"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The best car I have owned. I never keep cars past 6 years , I'm going on 11 years and counting. I plan for us to be together at least 5 more years."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Best car I've ever owned and I'm in my 70's

By on Wednesday, July 8, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 117,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've owned this car longer than any previous vehicle-why? It's a great car-other than scheduled service-only minor repairs. It's very comfortable-gas mileage around 28 mpg on the hiway. And the amazing thing-everything works-I mean power windows, seat heaters, etc. Never needed repair."

10 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Very good vehicle

By on Sunday, November 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 230,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

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."

30 people out of 40 found this review helpful

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