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.
"I love the Kia. I own a manual 5-speed and the gas mileage is great and it's fun to drive. The only negative is that it is not a good car in snow. Slips and slides which is a little scary. Not enough weight.
Glad I bought it!"
"I love this car. It's very sharp looking, handles well, is comfortable and dependable. The gas mileage is good and I haven't had to make any major repairs. I get compliments on the car all the time and I've had it for 3 years already. This is our second Kia and I would definitely by another one."
Pros: "Good price, Dependable , Good interior room for a big driver, Fun to drive"
Cons: "Gas milage a little low for a car size"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought this car used with 40k miles on in in 2008 have put 62k miles on it myself. Drive it 70 miles daily commuting to work The hatchback design with grounds effects still looks stylish today. Other than oil changes and a set of tires and rear brake pads and a battery just because I was still running on the original one in 2011, I have not needed to do anything to the car.
Gas milage was a weak spot for KIA which I am glad to see they are seriously improving on. 25 city 30-32 Highway which is still okay. I drive the White with gray fabric interior. Love the white looks decent even when filthy. Interior still looks great. Tires are expensive as this model only takes performance size tire expect to drop $140 each for them. Keep that in mind when looking at a used Spectra to purchase. Also rear brakes wear out first on this model by design as the rear brake makes contact first, which is unusual on front wheel drive cars. I am a big guy 6ft. 310 lbs. and I fit in this car with good head room. I personally find the seats very supportive and comfortable for my size. The interior is a little noisy but still it's a little car the exhaust has a decent sporty sound when you kick it. I regularly run 90 mph on the interstate to work. My car is rock solid and vibration free at high speeds. This was the last year for the Spectra so the 2006 is as good as they got. Yes I would buy another one in a heartbeat. I have a 2007 KIA Optima also white and love it also. KIA has it going on so check them out."