Sporty Puppy Love
2005 Kia Spectra5
By Alain Gayot
short: A good little
sporty, budget five-door.
and Hyundai are part of the same company now, and the Korean manufacturers
have made some significant inroads on the U.S. market
since their early days marked by brake defects and other
manufacturing problems. In fact they are so confident
in their products now that they are backed by a 10 year/100,000
mile limited Powertrain warranty.
course, you would only look into purchasing such a vehicle
if budget is your main concern. And once you are satisfied
with a price tag circa $15,000, you’d want to
know what you’re getting (you can get into the
sedan for almost $2,000 less). First of all, the Spectra5
is a handsome little car, fully functional and utilitarian
due to its 5-door configuration. It’s a perfect
first car for college or to have around a house full
of kids who will eventually grow up and will need to
learn how to drive. The Spectra5 is sexied up to look
sporty with a front and rear spoiler, side sills and
rear valance. It also comes with a nice set of wheels
and tires. Get in and everything is logically arranged
and fully intuitive. There is no learning curve at all.
Our tester came with the 5-speed manual adding to the
sporty climate, but you can get it with a 4-speed automatic
with overdrive. Turn the key, and start enjoying the
sport-tuned suspension. But don’t go over 70 MPH
or things will get rather noisy… unless you crank
up the 6-speaker audio system.
again, perfect for a first car or if you are on a budget.
You’ll have no problems with it in the city, but
road trips might be a bit much.
10 year/100,000 mile limited Powertrain warranty,
5 year/60,000 mile limited basic warranty, 5 year/100,000
mile limited anti-perforation warranty, 5 year/60,000 mile
Price as tested: $15,535
Engine: 2.0L 4-Cylinder 16V DOHC, 138 horsepower
Transmission: Five-speed manual
Safety: Dual advanced front airbags,
dual front and rear side curtain airbags, front
and rear crumple zones, front seat mounted side
airbags, side-door impact beams.
Top Speed: n/a
four-wheel disc brakes
Fuel Economy: 25/city, 33/highway
Rack and Pinion Steering, Sport-Tuned 4-wheel
Independent Suspension, P205/50R16 Tires, Alloy
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