2005 Kia Spectra5

  • 2005 Kia Spectra5 Base Hatchback

    Base Hatchback

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2005 Kia Spectra5 Review

A roomy and efficient wagon.

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The 2005 Kia Spectra5 serves as the wagon model that matches the Kia Spectra sedan. With a small, four-cylinder engine and a manual transmission, the fuel economy of the Kia Spectra5 is favorable for families that want to cut expenses. It also has a larger interior with more room for extra passengers and extra cargo that the smaller Kia Spectra cannot carry. The hatchback design makes for easy access to the cargo area, with the four doors allowing for easy entry and exit for all passengers.

The engine seems surprisingly spunky for its small size and the interior materials are better than some car buyers expect for the affordable price. This wagon makes a more affordable option for buyers looking for something similar to, but less expensive than, a Honda Civic. With only one model design and no trim options, buyers encounter no difficulty in choosing which model best suits their needs.

The Range

Body Styles: hatchback wagon
Engines: 2.0-liter 132-horsepower four-cylinder, 2.0-liter 138-horsepower four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Kia Spectra5

What's New

The five-door hatchback Kia Spectra5 debuts for 2005. Some features include a rear spoiler, black grille, upgraded tires, and a rear valance panel. Some leather trim is included in the interior and it has a sport-tuned suspension.


The rear has a spoiler that is more for style than functionality as this wagon comes designed more for functionality than speed. The alloy wheels measure 16 inches, and new purchases come with a steel spare wheel. An inside-mounted temporary spare tire also comes with the 2005 Kia Spectra5. The rear window comes equipped with a defogger and an intermittent wiper to ensure the driver has a good rear view in less-than-favorable driving conditions.


This wagon has roomy, sport-style front seats upholstered with average-quality cloth. The driver’s seat offers height adjustment. The rear seats feel less roomy than the front seats and have split-folding seatbacks that expand cargo capacity when needed. Power features include remote power locks one one-touch window, and power heated mirrors with controls inside the Spectra5. Some handy storage areas include the front console, overhead console, front door pockets, and pockets on the backs of the front seats. The tilt-adjustable steering wheel comes wrapped with leather, and leather trim also decorates the shift knob. Air-conditioning helps keep everyone inside cool and a cargo area light makes loading and unloading at nighttime more manageable. The audio system has a single-disc CD player connected to six speakers. Speed-proportional power steering keeps steering easy, and one 12-volt outlet is installed in the front of the 2005 Kia Spectra5.

Performance & Handling

The two-liter, 138-horsepower engine couples with a five-speed manual gearbox on standard purchases, with a four-speed automatic providing an option. In five states, the 2005 Kia Spectra5 has a gearbox adapted to be more environmentally efficient, so it has a low emissions vehicle rating, although that engine generates 132 horsepower instead of 138. Previous drivers have stated that the Spectra5 feels very maneuverable, making in-town commuting and errands easier.

This wagon is not designed to take corners at high speeds, but most prospective wagon owners do not need fast cornering. The ride feels comfortable, rating above average for a small car. The manual transmission is not exciting to use with such a small engine, but shifting lives up to standards with the exception of some noise. The engine seems noisy during acceleration but at consistent speeds it causes little distraction.


The driver, front passenger, and rear passengers all gain protection from head airbags. In the front, dual side-mounted airbags provide extra protection in case of a collision. Front ventilated disc brakes come standard along with solid rear disc brakes. Fog lights accompany the headlamps for extra visibility in foggy conditions and help oncoming traffic be aware of the Spectra5’s presence. Side-impact beams in the 2005 Kia Spectra5 provide extra durability and protection from side collisions. A low-pressure warning system warns the driver if the air pressure gets low in the tires. The passenger airbag systems include occupant-sensing devices to activate and deactivate the airbags automatically as passengers enter and exit the vehicle.

EPA Fuel Economy

Kia Spectra5: 25/33 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Fuel efficiency
  • Low price
  • Leather trim
  • Front, rear, and front-side airbags
  • Engine with minimal problems

You Won't Like

  • Noisy engine during acceleration
  • Somewhat noisy while shifting

Sum Up

A roomy and efficient wagon.

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