Used 2008 Kia Spectra Sedan
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In the crowded compact-car field, the Kia Spectra sometimes falls off the radar screen. That's a shame, because this little four-door has a lot to offer, including a host of standard safety features that are usually extra-cost options on rival cars. The 2008 Kia Spectra has sporty good looks with bright exterior paint, body-colored door handles and available body-colored mirrors and racy alloy wheels. The Spectra's 2.0-liter engine doesn't exactly inspire spirited driving, but it is a miserly consumer of gasoline.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you're looking for a high-value car and you like the Kia Spectra's more expressive styling, this is a lot of vehicle for not much money. And you might especially appreciate the sprightly demeanor of the SX version.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If the recently documented quality improvements made by at least one Korean automaker have you expecting absolute top-tier refinement, you might be disappointed.
What's New for 2008
The LX sedan now offers the option of a four-speed automatic transmission.
We drove the sporty Spectra SX model that features a more tightly tuned suspension than the EX version. Like the Spectra5 hatchback, with which it shares its performance modifications, we found the SX more fun in the corners than many other cars in this category. In EX trim, expect a smoother highway ride in place of that enhanced cornering capability (although the SX rides nicely enough itself). In any case, the four-cylinder engine delivers responsive acceleration and enough power to make the four-speed automatic a perfectly valid option. With the manual transmission, the shift lever functions adequately enough but the action feels awkward and unrefined.
Contemporary, attractive styling makes the Spectra easy on the eyes, inside and out.
Six Standard Airbags
It's nice not having to decide whether to pay more money for extra airbags.
Nicely designed, and using materials as good as one would reasonably expect in this price range, the Kia Spectra is a decent place to spend a commute. Most would find the rear-seat accommodations acceptable for even a longer road trip. Aesthetically, the only blemish is an AM/FM/CD player that isn't physically or stylistically well-integrated into the otherwise cohesive interior. Two thumbs up for front, front side-impact and front and rear side-curtain airbags being included as standard equipment.
Improved exterior styling is a big factor in the recent surge in the appeal of Korean vehicles. The 2008 Kia Spectra features large, jewel-like headlamps that highlight sharply styled sheet metal in a vehicle that in no way resembles Kia's first entry in this country, the Sephia (of which the Spectra is a direct descendant). The sharp crease running from wheel to wheel adds a degree of design sophistication, similar to the side treatment of Mercedes-Benz's S-Class.
Notable Standard Equipment
The Spectra LX comes equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (the only powerplant available in the lineup), a five-speed manual transmission, AM/FM/CD sound system with six speakers, tilt wheel and front, front-side and two-row side-curtain airbags. The EX trim adds air conditioning, power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry and four-wheel disc brakes. The SX trim adds a sport suspension, cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, rear spoiler, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and metal interior trim.
Notable Optional Equipment
Options for the LX trim include air conditioning and carpeted floor mats, while the EX can be equipped with 15-inch alloy wheels and cruise control. Options for the SX are limited to a power moonroof, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and a six-disc CD/MP3 changer.
Under the Hood
The Spectra's 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine employs continuously variable valve timing to produce 138 peak horsepower -- and it often feels stronger than that. City and highway acceleration is brisk, and fuel economy is very good.
2.0-liter in-line 4
138 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
136 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/30 (manual), 24/32 (automatic)
The 2008 Kia Spectra LX's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts around $13,500, while the EX starts around $15,500 and the sporty SX at just over $16,500. An automatic transmission raises the price of each by about $1,000. Our Fair Purchase Prices reflect real-world transaction prices a few hundred dollars shy of those sticker prices. You can shop the Mazda MAZDA3, Honda Fit or Toyota Corolla, but you won't find the same equipment levels at Kia prices. As for resale value, we don't expect the Spectra to fare particularly very well in comparison to the MAZDA3, Fit and Corolla.
Kia Spectra Consumer Reviews
June 13, 2018
Kia quality improved a LOT over previous years.
I looked around the local area for a good small commuter car with just the basics- auto trans, a/c, Radio c.d. You really dont need...
November 12, 2016
Love this car!!
I am a twenty year old college student who needed an affordable and RELIABLE car, and saw an awesome deal for this car. I put over 30k...
July 14, 2016
I was just reading through the reviews, and saw that one person talked about the paint job. This is so true. Mine is an 09. at six...
October 06, 2015
I LOVE MY KIA SPECTRA 2006
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...
August 11, 2015
This is my 3rd Kia
I bought this car brand new and because I don't drive it frequently with the low mileage of 38,00 miles I decided to keep it after it...
February 21, 2015
Love my car
I put 30,000 miles on my kia every year, I've had it since about 30k miles. It is a work horse and has always been reliable. Great gas...
February 09, 2015
excellent car for the $$$
Car is very dependable, excellent response to throttle, smooth handling, 40 mpg and still fast and reliable. Front wheel drive is great...
September 10, 2014
This car is a very good car.
I bought this car when it was about 6 months old. It has been a great car. I have never had any problems. I have done regular...
August 02, 2014
Has been a good Car
This Car has been a joy to own. Good Gas Mileage - Low Upkeep - Has met all my needs - Handles well on any Driving Condition. Only...
July 18, 2014
Best car ever! Absolutely recommend it
Car is great, very comfortable & reliable. Definitely recommend!