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.
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."
"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."