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2008 Kia Amanti Review

Solid Ride

A three-quarter front view of a 2008 Kia Amanti

In short: A roomy, upscale and safety-minded sedan.

ppearances can be misleading, and the 2008 Kia Amanti’s exterior can certainly deceive. However, underneath its unassuming aesthetic, this full-size family sedan reveals smooth and quiet road manners along with an emphasis on comfort and safety. Standard to the car’s roomy cabin are well-organized controls, power-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink, and eight speakers. The Amanti’s safety features include front and rear airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, side-impact door beams and an impact-absorbing steering column. A solid warranty and competitive pricing round out the vehicle’s offerings.

Warranty/Service: Five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty; ten-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty; five-year/100,000-mile anti-perforation warranty.

Base Price: $25,855

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 3.8-liter, 24-valve DOHC V6
Horsepower: 264 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
Transmission: electronically-controlled 5-speed automatic, overdrive with Sportmatic shifting

Curb weight:
3,770 lbs
Wheelbase: 110.2 in
Length/Width/Height: 196.9/72.8/58.5 in
Turning circle: 38.2 ft

Brakes: all-wheel power-assisted ventilated disc with EBD and ABS
Suspension: independent in front and rear with shock absorbers and stabilizer bars; double wishbone coil spring in front; multi-link coil spring in rear
Traction: n/a

0-60 mph: 9 seconds (est.)
Top Speed: n/a

EPA City: 17 mpg
EPA Highway: 24 mpg

Safety: dual advanced front airbags; front and rear seat-mounted side airbags; full-length side curtain airbags; front and rear crumple zones; side-impact door beams; impact-absorbing steering column; tire pressure monitoring system

spacious, value, smooth ride
Dislikes: n/a


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PSV111808 (Updated 1/20/09 SCV)