Kia Spectra

Kia Spectra

About Kia Spectra

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.

2009 Kia Spectra
What's new for 2009?
2009 Kia Spectra

The EX trim adds cruise control to its standard equipment roster, while a power glass sunroof and anti-lock brakes (ABS) are now offered as options.

2008 Kia Spectra
What's new for 2008?
2008 Kia Spectra

The LX sedan now offers the option of a four-speed automatic transmission.

2007 Kia Spectra
What's new for 2007?
2007 Kia Spectra

Minor updates to the interior and exterior mark the Spectra's major changes. A tire pressure monitor is now standard, as is an auxiliary audio input jack.

Consumer Reviews

great car, reliable, more bang for your buck

By on Saturday, January 26, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,700

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: "value, reliability, resale value, drive"

Cons: "seats can be a little hard on long trips"

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

"I bought my 2007 Spectra SX with 5k miles on it. A little over 4 yrs later and 52,700k the car is still going strong. MPG is approx. 25 city and up to 40 hwy. Warranty cant be beat. The only things I've had to do is put tires on, oil changes and the 30k tune up ($330). Kia has evolved into a solid car company and the bang for the buck can't be equaled. I would take this car over a civic or corolla any day."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

A great daily driver.

By on Thursday, September 29, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000

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
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Efficient, fun, and roomy."

Cons: "paint bubbled after 3 years on spoiler, thin plastic on bumpers."

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

"Bought this car new in 2008 with low expectations, and it has outperformed in every aspect. After 78000 miles my only service outside the recommended has been a battery replacement. Otherwise just oil changes, new tires, a brake job and a full service at the recommended mileage and it's been good to go. The acceleration is spunky, and handling VERY tight. Braking is firm with NO squish. My only complaints are that the bumpers are EXTREMELY thin plastic and will break even with mild impact. Also the paint on my spoiler started bubbling this past summer. Granted, it was the hottest summer in Texas history and the car sits in full sunlight everyday all day. My only regret from buying this car was paying extra for the extended coverage... looks like i wont have any need for it."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Best Vehicle I have Ever Owned

By on Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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
8/10

"I bought this brand new, oil changes, new tires, and light bulbs are the only replacements I have ever needed. It has never given me any trouble at all. I have over 71,000 miles on it, and I intend to keep this car as long as I can. It's a smooth driving car, plenty of space. It is by far the best car I have ever owned. I had two Dodges that I had to trade in before I finished paying them off because of motor problems."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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