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2007 Kia Spectra

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2007 Kia Spectra Review

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In America the hatchback seems to fall in and out of favor with regular frequency. Young drivers appear to like them at the moment, so they are back in vogue. Whereas older 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 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 Mazda3 s. 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.

You'll Like This Car If...

If your brain says no frills, but your gut says go for more than just value and versatility, the sporty Spectra5 should win a slot on your shopping list.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you think good handling is wasted without the proper horsepower to back it up, the Spectra5's four-cylinder engine isn't going to win you over.

What's Significant About This Car?

For 2007, the Spectra5 receives a new front integrated spoiler, 16-inch alloy wheels, an auxiliary audio input jack and an optional AM/FM stereo with six-disc CD/MP3 changer.

Driving the Spectra

Driving Impressions You can spin the tires if you try, but otherwise the Spectra5's 138-horsepower 2.0-liter 16-valve four-cylinder is nothing to write home about. Shifting could be smoother as well. With the...

"sport-tuned" suspension the Spectra5 earns its stripes when pushed, with good response when driven at full tilt and four-wheel disc brakes that can bring everything to a stop in a hurry. Ride quality is good, but we found that a decent crosswind can have its way with the tall, lightweight five-door. In the end, if you subscribe to the theory that it's better to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow, the Spectra5 might be ready to show you a good time.

Leather Wheel and Shifter
The Spectra5's leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob further the sporty hatchback's performance feel.

Front Strut Tower Bar
A metal bar spanning the width of the engine compartment stiffens the front end and contributes to crisper steering response and handling.

2007 Kia Spectra Details
2007 Kia Spectra photo Interior

Even if you don't have problems with headroom, you'll immediately notice the Spectra5's vaulted ceiling-like canopy. The modern, attractive interior features a silver-ringed center console with controls placed easily within reach. More than one reviewer, however, had trouble getting comfortable in the driver's seat. As you might expect from a tall vehicle with eight windows, visibility is good. Rear-seat passengers are treated to legroom in line with the car's impressive headroom, and the versatile cargo area is substantial with the 60/40-split rear seat folded down.

Exterior
2007 Kia Spectra photo

As we've become increasingly accustomed to the tall hatchback design that we're seeing more often, we think Kia's new Spectra5 looks pretty sharp. Sporty styling includes integrated fog lamps up front and a rear spoiler. The 16-inch alloys are adequate in style and size, but bigger wheels and tires might serve the Specrta5's stance even better.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Spectra5 sports an impressive list of standard safety equipment including front airbags, front-side airbags and front-to-back side-curtain airbags. Also notable as standard are a six-speaker CD stereo, air conditioning, power windows and locks, keyless entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler and fog lamps.

Optional Equipment

The Spectra5's options list is a short one, comprised of a four-speed automatic transmission, a six-disc CD/MP3 changer, remote engine start (automatic only), anti-lock brakes (ABS) and power moonroof.

Under the Hood

The Spectra5's 2.0-liter engine just doesn't have the get-up-and-go to make this vehicle's moves match its racy looks. The Kia powerplant lacks the refinement mastered by Honda and Toyota, and even pales when compared with the 2.0-liter engine found in the Ford Focus. On the flip side, the Spectra5's highway fuel economy is very attractive.

2.0-liter in-line 4
138 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
136 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/33 (manual), 27/35(automatic)

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2007 Kia Spectra Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 354 Ratings for the 2005 - 2009 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

Nice first car

By on Sunday, January 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Dependable powertrain, appearance of the rear"

Cons: "Front appearance, stereo quality"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"The good points: I have this car for 9 months now, and I found it dependable in the Dallas area. Has enough power to overtake long vehicles on 70 mph freeways. It has not developed any mechanical faults. Cheap service and parts. Not so good: The following things have started to go wrong as it ages: 1. Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Speedometer stops working on the hottest days of the year. The ride and handling is not as comfortable as my other car (comparing to my 2004 MB E-class). The check engine light came on one morning in January, with "Evaporative Emission System Pressure Sensor Low", but it went away in the evening. I did not feed any difference in the car."

Great value vehicle

By on Friday, January 01, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "lots of pep, good sterio and inside comfort items."

Cons: "cheap coating on door handles, door rubs bk seats."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I bought this new for my son at 16 in 2009. He has taken care of it and changed the oil every 5K mile. It has ran great and has a lot of pep. Interior is starting to show a little wear but the outside is still in great shape. He has used it in 2 years of HS and 4 years of college. He plans to keep it during his 2 years of masters work and then some. Told me he has no plans of replacing it anytime soon. Only complaint I would have is that the window shades on the outside are flimsy and 1 broke off. Also the plastic colored chrome coating on the door handles inside the car came off like tin foil. But has been a great car!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great little car!

By on Saturday, December 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Very cheap and reliable."

Cons: "Major cons.... None."

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

"We had 2 Kia Spectras an 06 and an 07. Both were great cars. Had to get rid of one due to a growing family. The 06 had 105,000 mile on it when we got rid of it. It never had one single issue. The 07 currently has about 85,000 miles on it and has also never had an issue. Kia has since revamped the quality of their interior which is the only minor dislike of the Spectra. The interior was a little "boring" but if you are wanting a reliable car with good gas mileage this is a great option."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Does it's job well.

By on Wednesday, December 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 73,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "A+ handling, good engine, mostly reliable, roomy."

Cons: "Paint is meh, lack of interior color options."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"We've owned this 2006 Kia EX since buying it used with 12,000 miles on it. It's very fun to drive and it's easy to handle and control. Our Spectra doesn't have many miles considering the age so we haven't done the head gasket yet or other major service work outside of oil changes, transmission oil, coolant, brakes and rotors once, and a timing belt with spark plugs once. We've had two unexpected dealer visits. The thermostat was stuck closed, which blew the radiator. A year ago the Canister close valve (part of the EVAP emission systems) stopped working. The dealer had to remove the fuel tank to get to it. Even though those events have happened since owning this car, I love it. Its great on gas, it looks nice, and I feel safe driving it because it has so many airbags. The paint on the rear-view mirrors is poor, but that's just cosmetic. Good engine, but it lags a little getting from 40-60 mph. After this it cruises along the road nicely. Overall a B+ vehicle. I will buy another Kia because of this car."

It's a good car!

By on Thursday, October 08, 2015

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable, aux, easy to handle, sporty, design"

Cons: "subpar paint, light interior"

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

"I bought my 2007 Kia Spectra EX brand new in 2007 with 10 miles on it! I'm glad to say I've never had any problems out of my Kia. Besides routine maintenance such as oil changes and brakes, I've never had to have her in the shop for any major repairs! I did have to replace the battery after after 6 years. The inside is very roomy and comfortable. The headlights are big and bright. The knobs are huge and very intuitive. It has a sporty feel to it. The trunk is very large for such a small car. There is a lot of storage. The paint isn't the best ... there are small chips, but nothing too bad. Also, I would've liked a darker interior, but oh well. My Kia has been such a wonderful car, I have passed her on to my daughter. My Kia has been so reliable. I hope it's just as reliable for my teen."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

I LOVE MY KIA SPECTRA 2006

By on Tuesday, October 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 219,249

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: "GREAT PRICE, FUN TO SHIFT GEARS, AND DEPENDABLE"

Cons: "NO ELECTRIC WINDOW, SUNROOF, OR DOORLOCKS"

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

"I HAVE EXPERIENCE ONLY THE BASIC WEAR AND TEAR ON ANY VEHICLE. ALL I HAVE REPLACE ON THIS CAR IS THE TIMING BELT, SPARKLE PLUG, BRAKE PADS, BROUGHT NEW TIRES. THIS IS THE A VERY DEPENDABLE CAR. I WOULD HAVE NEVER EXPECTED AN 4 CYCLE TO STAND UNDER ME. BUT MY BABY BLUE IS STILL ROLLING PRETTY SITTING ON SOME 17' NOT 10'. LOL"

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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