Kia Amanti Origins
The Kia Amanti production run did not last due to its unfortunate market placement. Set up against the Buick LaCrosse, Toyota Avalon, and the numerous other four-door sedans on the market, the Kia Amanti was doomed to fail.
The reason for the failure was due mainly to the terrible design, mediocre engine performance, and Kia’s lack of reputation regarding luxury vehicles. Two generations were introduced, and the second generation did improve on the initial model. However, nothing was done to bring it up to the standards of other models on the market. It would have been best to check out the competition.
An Infinity package was available with an improved 240-watt Infinity Audio System, installed passenger memory settings, and a CD changer. Anti-lock brakes were standard, as well as active headrests, tire pressure monitor, and front, side, and curtain airbags. Handling on the vehicle was good enough that the Kia Amanti actually brought something to the table against their competition, especially given the Kia’s price. The heaviness of the vehicle put a strain on the weak structure of the vehicle, creating terrible handling and bumpy suspension. The engine could only get 13/23 mpg city/highway. About the Kia Amanti
The original Kia Amanti included a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produced 195 horsepower. Unfortunately, the vehicle was very heavy, causing the engine to struggle a bit. The V-6 was upgraded to 200 horsepower in the following year.
The 2004 Kia Amanti came with side and curtain airbags and had optional stability and traction control, which is recommended on these vehicles.
The 2005 Kia Amanti added optional heated seats as part of a Leather package. A tire pressure monitor was also optional on the Convenience package and an analog clock was introduced to the control panel.
The 2006 model added heated seats as standard, as well as a sunroof, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Anti-lock brakes were standard, as well as electronic brake force distribution, and Brake Assist. Active front headrests also prevented the chance of whiplash. Out of the first generation, the 2006 model is the best.
The second and last generation of the Kia Amanti was introduced in 2007.
The new Kia Amanti was a major improvement over the previous generation. The biggest difference is the impressive V-6 engine. This 3.8-liter monster produces a respectable 264 horsepower, finally putting it into the same class as its competitors. The lighter curb weight of the vehicle also improves acceleration and the driving experience in general. Handling and suspension are improved on this generation as well.
The 2007 was only available in one trim level. There was a lot of standard equipment including 16-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, a stereo with cassette and CD player, and powerful speakers. The driver’s seat is powered and has eight-way adjustments. The passenger’s seat also had four-way power adjustments. Wood grain trim lined the interior. An auto-dimming rearview mirror, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and other options make this Amanti fully loaded, especially for a vehicle under the $30,000 range at the time of its release.
The 2008 Kia Amanti essentially stayed the same since the redesign in 2007 was so extensive.
The 2009 Kia Amanti was unchanged, but this was to the vehicle’s detriment. Major improvements in the competition made the suspension of the Kia Amanti feel a bit too soft. The strange body design wasn’t particularly appealing any longer, and the lack of navigation control seemed ubiquitous in other four-door sedans. Kia Amanti Evolution
The Kia Amanti was still a bit of a dark horse in the four-door sedan market. The spacious interior was very pleasant for drivers and passengers alike. The spacious trunk with 15.5-cubic feet allows the storage of longer items in the car.
Unfortunately, so many design features fault what would otherwise be a decent vehicle. The center console is a little bit out of place and badly designed. The color of the control buttons matches the surrounding plastic, making it hard to find the button a quick glance. The suspension and handling makes the car hard to control and hard to park. If you are on a budget and need to buy a four-door sedan, the Amanti may be an adequate choice, but definitely check out the competition.