Kia Spectra – First Drive Review – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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Kia Spectra

Kia’s Spectra turns us on.

We think it’ll go with today’s top small said Peter Butterfield, and CEO of Kia Motors America, referring to his all-new Spectra compact

We wondered if Butterfield had been to Kid Rock, Mr. Cocky himself, that day. It was conceivable. But as the Kid say, It ain’t braggin’. if you it up.

Those of us in the press seats uneasily in our chairs, as if we were some pro jock guarantee after his team had just 10 straight.

You sure about Mr. Butterfield?

After all, the Spectra is not the greatest of building In our last economy-sedan comparison (Double-Dip Dreamboats , November it finished in the cellar among competitors. This would to be one helluva turnaround.

To spur that 180-degree Kia changed, well, the whole car. Or as Kia’s chief wrangler, Kim Custer, said, We everything but the name.

That’s one way to do it.

For the Kia turned to parent Hyundai and the robust Elantra platform-underpinning for the Hyundai Tucson small which it bolted a four-wheel suspension with MacPherson up front, a multilink and strut in the rear, and anti-roll bars at end. Compared with its the new car is wider by nearly an inch and by over two inches, and it features a track and a wheelbase two inches

The steering system is a rack-and-pinion with power assist is sensitive to engine speed. The are discs at all four corners, with ABS and electronic brake-force on the high-line trim. The wheels 15 inches in diameter and wear rubber.

To motivate its bestselling nameplate, Kia together a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder with variable valve first for a Kia car-that serves up 138 and 136 pound-feet of torque (132 and 133 pound-feet in Super Ultra Vehicle form), which to increases of 14 horsepower and 17 pound-feet, all of is delivered to the front wheels via a five-speed manual or an optional automatic.

Inside, the Spectra standard with front, and curtain airbags-the lowest-priced car in to offer all of these at no extra The seatbelts up front feature and force limiters, and all three seatbelts secure passengers the shoulder. Rounding out the long of standard features are an adjustable wheel, a CD stereo with six a 60/40 split-folding rear and variable intermittent wipers.

All of these niceties complement an that offers 97 cubic of passenger space-more than any of its and even outdoing some Euros, such as the Volvo S60 and the A4.

Kia Spectra

Speaking of the A4, the Spectra appears to knocked off the Audi’s hind wearing similar wedgelike and a sloping trunklid. You could argue that the Spectra off the Audi’s quality standards; the new panel gaps are minute. Its close with a comforting and its interior fit and finish is premium.

This is not your cousin’s Kia.

Of course, all this means squat if the new Spectra like the old one. It doesn’t. Far it. On the highway, the cabin is a place of serenity.

The ride is smooth yet feels like the dampers been swapped for wet sponges. The steering sense is gone, with an effort and feel although perhaps too light, relays the front tires’ And the brakes offer up a firm feel and reassuring performance.

A sign is now an invitation, not a warning.

to 60 seems to come a tick than the old car’s 9.2-second thanks to the 2.0-liter’s additional and fatter torque curve. the 2.0-liter delivers new levels of for a Kia four-banger, never becoming too or raucous as did the old 1.8. The standard manual gets the job done, but it brings that which am I in? negotiation that’s reminiscent of a wooden spoon in a bowl of

Gee, I hope that was a downshift and not a five-two. The clutch could be better, too. As it is, is ambiguous, often making transitions abrupt. The optional is a smooth operator, but it saps too of that 138 horsepower for our tastes.

nits: The front seats lumbar support, and the ride be a step or two firmer.

The good is that our nits may be addressed the Spectra5, a five-door hatchback that will be out about the you read this. The 5 comes with a sport suspension-16-inch with 205/50R-16 tires, anti-roll bars, and stiffer and dampers-a reworked five-speed, and sport seats. Plus, it cargo volume from the 12 cubic feet to 18.

Either way, the Spectra a lot for the money. Prices start at for a four-door LX and $14,290 for an EX, which air conditioning; fog lights; and power door locks, and mirrors, the heated. Kia hadn’t announced on the Spectra5, but we expect it to start at $16,000.

So, Mr. Butterfield, go ahead and up some Kid Rock. Like you can back it up.

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