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2005 Kia Amanti Review
Executive class at a value price.
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The 2005 Kia Amanti classifies as a full-size executive sedan manufactured and sold by Kia Motors. Although the car also sells under different names across the world, the ""Amanti"" nameplate remains most prominent and the name for the U.S. market.
The Amanti’s introduction in 2003 provides an important landmark for Kia, since it represents the company’s first ever entry to the automotive market niche of large, luxury cars. The 2005 Kia Amanti shares an engine with the Hyundai Grandeur XG, along with some other components. Despite similarities, the Amanti distinguishes itself from the XG350 by its longer wheelbase and overall length.
The Amanti recently got recognition as the ""Most Appealing Premium Midsize Car"" in a study conducted by J.D. Power and Associates. The 2005 Kia Amanti offers a number of safety features and amenities.
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Kia Amanti
The 2005 Kia Amanti introduces heated seats to the Leather package. Other new additions to the Leather package include a HomeLink transmitter and an auto-dimming inside mirror. The Convenience package also gets a new addition: a tire pressure monitoring system. This model year also sees the addition of an analog clock to the Amanti’s instrument panel. New front airbags have been added with automatic adjustment of deployment speed based on crash severity, occupant size and position, and seat belt use.
The most prominent and unique feature of the 2005 Kia Amanti is its bold, square grille with thick horizontal bars. The elliptical headlights immediately look like the ones present in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Fog lamps and heated mirrors come standard with all models of the 2005 Kia Amanti. LED turn signals wraparound below the bumper. Moreover, the roofline gets a rounded shape at the C-pillars, which Kia calls a neoclassic style. The 2005 Amanti comes with 16-inch tires and nine-spoke alloy wheels. The wheelbase of the car measures 110.2 inches, while the overall length totals 196 inches and the height reaches 58.5 inches.
The interior of the 2005 Kia Amanti marks one of its strong suits. Five passengers comfortably sit inside the sedan, with generous legroom and headroom in front and at the rear. The driver’s seat comes fitted with an eight-way power adjustment system, and a tilt steering wheel allows easy adjustment to a comfortable driving position. Overall, drivers make no complains when it comes to comfort. Controls and gauges look large and simple to understand and use. A trip computer display provides a useful feature, but sunny days make the screen difficult to read. A pleasant surprise comes in the form of the dashboard and instrument panels, which have a simulated wood trim. Standard features include dual-zone climate control and an eight-speaker CD/cassette stereo system.
Performance & Handling
The 2005 Kia Amanti contains a 3.5-liter V-6 rated at 200 horsepower and 220 lb-ft of torque. The engine mates to a five-speed automatic transmission system that uses a manual-shift mode. Acceleration proves decent enough for most situations, with the Amanti reaching 60 mph from a standstill in 8.2 seconds. The V-6 engine packs enough power for merging and overtaking with ease, but not enough to really give a thrilling ride. However, the Amanti offers a level of comfort for what it lacks in performance.
The sedan offers a comfortable softness and rides well on smooth surfaces. The suspension may seem too soft, but it does not show in the performance. Handling remains decent enough, just as long as you do not push the car too hard around tight corners. The 2005 Kia Amanti deserves merit for a refined and smooth transmission. Gearshifts feel smooth and take place with little jerks. The engine seems quiet and refined, and the response adequate.
The 2005 Kia Amanti gets eight airbags on all models, including front and rear side-impact airbags, front airbags, and full-length side-curtain airbags. Head restraints have been fitted on the front seats for collision protection, and four-wheel anti-lock brakes come standard. The 2005 Kia Amanti gets a four-star rollover rating from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Class leader in interior features
- Great warranty
- Good value
You Won't Like
- Underperforming V-6
- Does not evoke too much respect
Executive class at a value price.
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