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2007 Kia Spectra5

  • 2007 Kia Spectra5 SX Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      34
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      138/136
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,995
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2007 Kia Spectra5 Review

A respectable hatchback with a terrific warranty, but newer, competing vehicles provide more desirability, safety, and equipment features.

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Overview

The 2007 Kia Spectra5 has more going for it than people may have expected. Coming from the line of Hyundai products, the Spectra was once thought of as just another compact economy car. The Spectra then underwent a redesign in the middle of 2004, and is now able to properly compete with Japanese automakers. In 2005 the additional SX trim level was added, along with the introduction of the Spectra5 hatchback. Introducing a separate model to stand against rivals was a noteworthy move, as the redesign gave the hatchback a significant boost in quality and overall advances. Some of the features included for the 2007 model are standard, metal-finish accents and standard, 16-inch wheels, and an optional six-CD disc changer. Budget-minded individuals will continue to flock to the 2007 Spectra and Spectra5 not only because it is affordable, but also because of the extensive amount of quality materials. Another excellent bonus is the impressive fuel economy. With all of the benefits, any small-car shopper will appreciate the value of the Spectra5.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan, wagon, hatchback
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Kia Spectra LX, Kia Spectra EX, Kia Spectra SX, Kia Spectra Spectra5

What's New

The 2007 Kia Spectra5 hatchback and sedan feature small exterior and interior tweaks on every model, including a new input audio jack and a tire-pressure monitor, both of which are standard features.

Exterior

In the Spectra sedan and Spectra5 hatchback, there are three different trim levels: the base LX, the EX, and the SX. The EX adds air-conditioning, rear cup holders, keyless entry, and full power accessories. The SX is the only trim that is offered on the Spectra5, and it adds bigger tires, 16-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, a rear spoiler, and fog lights. The Spectra5 also adds an optional sunroof, if desired. Lastly, there are various color choices for enhancing the exterior to suit any preference.

Interior

The 2007 Kia Spectra5 has a very nice, simple design and layout within the cabin. All controls are very easy to reach and use. Seating is comfortable for adults, and there are numerous storage solutions inside the hatchback. Throughout the Spectra cabin, passengers will be happy to find storage cubbies with cup holders that are big enough to hold a variety of cup sizes. The cargo area is approximately 18.3 cubic feet. Standard interior features include cruise control, cloth sport seats, metal-finish accents, and the leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel. Additionally, it can feature a premium six-disc CD changer.

Performance & Handling

The 2007 Kia Spectra5 has a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that can generate 138 horsepower (hp) with 136 lb-ft of torque and is coupled with a manual five-speed transmission. An automatic four-speed transmission comes as an option, if preferred. The low price tag and the low fuel usage make the Spectra5 the perfect choice for families that are budget-conscious. Saving money on gasoline is getting more important to families and individuals alike. The muscle of the four-cylinder is great for driving around, running errands, or taking the kids to sporting events. The higher revs may produce a bit more engine noise than others in the segment, though. The Spectra5 prides itself on tight handling and stiff suspension, as it retains an overall smooth and soft ride quality.

Safety

The 2007 Kia Spectra5 attracts attention with its lengthy list of safety features built in for a lower price. It has standard front airbags, curtain airbags, and a tire-pressure monitor. Anti-lock brakes are optional on the Spectra5 and SX trim levels. Government crash testing agencies awarded the Kia Spectra5 four out of five stars for front-impact protection and three out of five stars for rear-impact crashes. The IIHS gave the Spectra5 a rating of ""acceptable"" for frontal-offset tests and a ""poor"" rating for side-impact tests. The safety scores could be improved and will be considered by the Kia engineers.

EPA Fuel Economy

Kia Spectra LX: 23/30 mpg city/highway
Kia Spectra EX: 25/34 mpg city/highway
Kia Spectra SX: 25/34 mpg city/highway
Kia Spectra Spectra5 SX: 25/34 mpg city highway

You'll Like

  • Well-designed cabin
  • Low price
  • Adequate storage
  • Numerous cup holders

You Won't Like

  • Noisy engine
  • Low IIHS test scores
  • Anti-lock brakes available on one model
  • Soft suspension

Sum Up

A respectable hatchback with a terrific warranty, but newer, competing vehicles provide more desirability, safety, and equipment features.

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