Kia Spectra Review

Posted on 15. Aug, 2007 by in Auto News

Lazy automotive writers love Assignments on Korean cars. The review practically writes itself: only remember a few Letterman-esque Hyundai jokes, feign shock how much the brand to come along to give some highly qualified praise ("it's almost endearing Toyota-like"), and Bob's your uncle. We here at TTAC guess it's time to stop the Korean brands, such as those children with special needs. It is time to judge these vehicles against their own self-styled brand values. The Kia Spectra: "Simply put, it is a blast to drive." Simply put, we have to see times.

Lest we forget, even the Kia fantasies "sporty" arm. Unflattering acronymed the Hyundai Automotive Group, the eco-minded Spectra of the company's best selling model Hang on. Can we expect some kind of value-Leader Mazda 3 (Spectra Pricing starts at $ 12,985), combines sporty reflexes, features galore and a low, low sticker? At the risk of the game away: No, we could not. What is then is The Spectra?

Let's start with this: it is not a looker. The Spectra offers disinterested spectator style elements copied weak from Honda and Toyota. In fact, the Spectra plate is so deeply, deeply generic makes Liz Lang for Target look like haute couture. Spectra The strongest feature is its oddly shaped profile. Call it a "character line" – where the character Quasimodo in question. Close gaps and liberal smears from the Spectra Chrome keep from screaming "cheap", but the car's proportions are always embarrassing.

These proportions feel better from the inside, where the Spectra high roof and large windows environment a bright and airy. Japanese cars are used indoors as they have. Easy, mood enhancing, low cowls and easy sight-lines While they get dark and techy, have used the old Kia cheerful, pretense-free taste.

Good stuff, but not Kia is trying to send a sports news? The spectra of the car mangled the company line. The interior soothing gray plastic and velvety-soft seat cover would flatter an entry-level Buick. The steering wheel rim is wimpy thin, and there is no lateral support in the driver's seat. But hey check, you lined the velvet coin tray!

The Spectra shares its major mechanicals with the previous generation Hyundai Elantra car-one that was taken at the last count, not at home many trophies Solo II. If you think that the Kia Spectra Corolla is more of a Sam's Club as a marked-down Mazda 3, you're right. At least that's how it goes.

The sporty Spectra holster a 2.0-liter, 138-hp four-cylinder engine. Although these hand-me-down Hyundai mill is relatively decent and produces a decent impact torque right from idle, she moans asthmatic when asked to climb a steep hill. Wanna try it up to redline? Fine, see you next week. As with most Korean metal, trails the class average fuel consumption. Take the five-speed Spectra without the use of the advertised sporting intent and it will suck the gas at a rate of 25/33 mpg.

On a scale of 1-10 stick-shift sensuality missing the Spectra numeracy. The five-speed manual shift lever moves with the light wafty movements, but there is a clunky seclusion of his gear selections. Worse, it will use Spectra bow and falls elated with every jump in the long throw clutch. Pistonheads who drive a manual for mechanical companionship, rather than fuel economy, will want to leave.

After humming and clunking our way through the line, what reward awaits in the twisties? A romp in the bouncy castle! Although the spectra of the ride is very comfortable indeed, Kia achieved this isolation the old fashioned way: with Jell-O and springs Stay-Puft damping. As a result, winding streets of whatever nature surging lifts and sloshy body roll from the spectra of the suspension. And if you. Nail the brakes, the nose dives as WorldCom stock

Still, the Spectra has the thin rimmed tiller inspire much confidence. There is a nonlinear, squirmy place just around the straight ahead, the Spectra feel a bit distracting, especially on the interstate makes. In the city the Spectra provides speeds the easy maneuverability typical of this class. Ask questions you do not, to dance, and it will not take your Dramamine.

It is easy to see why most of the Korean cars with fluff reviews are clouded. It is tempting to cheer on the underdog. But the truth is that Toyondissan has nothing to fear from Kia Sales Leader. The Spectra is still the kind of uninspired buy the car because you can not afford, because you want to. To change that, Kia has to formulate a compelling brand image and stick to it like glue.

In the meantime, Kia The Big 2.8 still shaking in their cement shoes. The Spectra nailed the small car formula they have for decades botch: low initial cost, many standard features and cut corners in places where Joe motorists do not always find them (ie corners) hidden. So this is "sport" that is not working so well. Never mind. There are always Chevy steal lunch.