2008 Kia Spectra

  • 2008 Kia Spectra EX Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      32
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      138/136
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $15,895
  • 2008 Kia Spectra LX Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      32
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      138/136
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $13,895
  • 2008 Kia Spectra SX Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      32
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      138/136
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,995
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2008 Kia Spectra Review

Comfort with solid performance though it lacks in equipment and desirability.

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Overview

The 2008 Kia Spectra has several good traits including its more-than-reasonable price. For those looking for an affordable option, the Spectra certainly fits the bill. Offered in three trim levels as well as the wagon SX option, the Spectra has been designed to meet the needs of a large number of consumers. Families, young professionals, and older adults would do well with this car.

The real gem of this particular model is the interior. Well made with high-quality materials, the Spectra is ideal for those looking for comfort and not wanting to spend a lot to get it. The interior cabin space is much roomier than the exterior of the car would indicate.

There are some concerns with the car’s safety features and crash test ratings; but for those looking for an affordable, attractive sedan or wagon, the 2008 Kia Spectra may meet their needs.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual standard, four-speed automatic optional on all but the LX sedan
Models: Kia Spectra Sedan LX, Kia Spectra sedan EX, Kia Spectra sedan SX, Kia Spectra wagon SX

What's New

For the 2008 model year, Kia chose to make no significant changes to the Spectra.

Exterior

The 2008 Kia Spectra is available in either sedan or wagon body style. For this model year, there were several colors to choose from that match interior options. The Spectra looks like a nice, respectable family car with classic lines and not much to distinguish it from the rest of the parents waiting in line at school. While it may not attract a lot of attention, it does offer an attractive body design.

Interior

One of the biggest appeals about the 2008 Kia Spectra is the interior. The cabin is well designed, comfortable, and is made with a variety of high-quality materials. The dash and controls are well laid out and everything is within easy reach for the driver. Plush, cozy seats add to the charm of this car, while the various, roomy cup holders are a good addition. The 2008 Spectra also offers plenty of cargo space, especially for a car of this class.

Performance & Handling

Overall, there is nothing wrong with driving the 2008 Kia Spectra. It provides a nice, comfortable ride just as one would expect from a family sedan or wagon. The four-cylinder engine in all of the trim levels provides enough power for the needs of this car, while the five-speed transmission gets the job done. With the four-speed automatic, things are a little odd with slightly slow gear shifts. At higher speeds, the four-cylinder motor often gets a bit loud inside the cabin. In terms of the suspension system, the ride is smooth and handling is good.

Safety

The 2008 Kia Spectra offers all kinds of safety features, but strangely enough only offers anti-lock disc brakes on the SX models. All of the Spectras are equipped with front seat side airbags and full length curtain airbags. During the government safety tests, the 2008 Spectra rated a four star rating for front and front side impact. Rear side impact testing results in a three star rating.

EPA Fuel Economy

Kia Spectra: 24/32 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Well-designed, comfortable cabin
  • Affordable price
  • Plenty of cargo space

You Won't Like

  • Poor crash test scores
  • Engine can be noisy
  • Weak suspension on lower trim levels
  • Anti-lock brakes only on high trim level

Sum Up

Comfort with solid performance though it lacks in equipment and desirability.

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