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Whereas earlier hatchbacks, such as the Honda Civic and Volkswagen GTI, had only two doors, today's hot hatches have four (five if you count the hatch itself). The 2009 Kia Spectra5 follows this logic, providing the interior room and accessibility of the Spectra sedan in a sportier package that closely mimics the hottest of hot hatches, the Mazda MAZDA3s. While the Spectra5 can't yet match the Mazda in the areas of performance, features and resale, it does offer an inexpensive alternative with a lot of aftermarket potential. Don't forget that Kia's incredible 10-year/100,000 powertrain warranty comes standard, too.
By FASV on Thursday, August 23, 2007
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
"I'VE OWN THIS CAR FOR THREE YEARS.NO PROBLEMS AT ALL.SCHEDULE MAINTENANCE IS A MUST.ONLY HAD TIRES AND BATTERY REPLACED.MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW MAIN- TENANCE BY THE BOOK AND KEEP RECORDS. KIA MAY DECLINE REPAIRS UNDER WARRANTY IF PROOF OF SCHEDULE MAIN- TENANCE CAN'T BE PROVIDED (SPECIFICALLY POWERTRAIN)"
13 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By Brock on Sunday, April 08, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Easy to drive. Great gas mileage. Very safe."
Cons: "Low power."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"When I first got this car it had 156 miles on it. It had a bad problem where it would just turn over but wouldn't start. The place I bought the car eventually fixed it after taking it 3 times. This left a bitter taste in my mouth for a while but I started to like the car more and more the longer I had it. It is quite durable. The true test for me was I got into a 5 car pile-up. We were all going 55 mph and I got sandwiched between a Chevy Suburban and a Dodge Challenger. I felt NOTHING. This car kept me safe. Even one of the police officers on the scene made a comment about the car. They didn't lie when they gave it a 5 star crash test rating."
12 people out of 12 found this review helpful
By GP on Wednesday, May 04, 2011
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"I purchased a 2006 Spectra5, auto, with 7900 miles. I have owned it for a couple of months, now has 11,000 miles. I made a great buy on this vehicle, practically like new, it runs great, has a surprisingly smooth ride, excellent accelleration, pretty good fuel economy , in town mixed 24-26, highway 30-32. The verdict is still out on reliability, with regular scheduled maintenance I expect many trouble free miles. I never thought I'd ever own a KIA, I'm a Toyota, Honda guy, I can easily see myself purchasing another one in the future, so far I'm very happy with my decision, no regrets."
7 people out of 7 found this review helpful