Kia Spectra 2-0 LX

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Description: The Kia Spectra has a roomier cabin than the Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla.Beats them in horsepower, too. And safety features. And warranty coverage.And it does all this for less money. We tested a $17,995 Spectra LX with "convenience package" that includes air conditioning, remote entry, cruise control and power windows, plus disc brakes front and rear.The equivalent Corolla CE with "C package" carries a suggested retail price of $18,410. And it has rear drums, not discs.The Honda is even more -- $19,990 for a Civic LX-G (which has most of the Spectra's

And it does all this for less money. We tested a $17,995 Spectra LX with “convenience package” that includes air conditioning, remote entry, cruise control and power windows, plus disc brakes front and rear.

The equivalent Corolla CE with “C package” carries a suggested retail price of $18,410. And it has rear drums, not discs.

The Honda is even more — $19,990 for a Civic LX-G (which has most of the Spectra’s features, plus antilock brakes).

What the Spectra lacks, of course, is the remarkable reputation the Corolla and Civic have earned in decades in the Canadian market as easy-to-drive, hard-to-break compacts.

What name it does have, in fact, isn’t good. Of the previous-generation Spectra, which replaced the sweetly titled Kia Sephia, Consumer Reports said: “You’d have to search far and wide to find a worse new car than the Spectra.”

That damning assessment — and the lingering doubts North Americans still have about Korean cars, thanks to Hyundai’s ill-advised cheap-car, cheap-price strategy of the 1980s — must have spurred Kia to produce the better-in-all-ways 2005 Spectra.

Consumer Reports may still look wide and far and find something superior to this car. But it won’t be at this price.

None of the knocks against the last Spectra — clumsy ride, crude powertrain, cheap interior — have any bearing here.

The ride, helped along by a wider track and longer wheelbase, is fine. It’s neither particularly plush nor sporty, but body roll in the corners is well-controlled, and if, in mid-turn, you glance at your speedometer, you might be surprised by how quickly you’re moving.

There’s even a Mazda feel to the handling, not a surprise when you learn ex-Mazda staffer Gordon Dickie now supervises product quality for Kia. He’s said to have retuned the Spectra’s independent (front struts, rear multilink) suspension.

With 138 horsepower and 136-pound-feet of torque, the 2.0-litre engine has more than sufficient peak power, but also behaves nicely under light throttle. Variable valve timing yields a smooth torque curve, so the four-cylinder doesn’t stumble or lug at low speed, but still feels strong past 6,000 r.p.m. Clutch and shift action in our five-speed tester were smooth, if not Honda-glossy.

Inside, materials and finish looked to be the equal of the Spectra’s Japanese competitors. The test car’s interior was an agreeable mating of light and dark grey, and the dash, with large gauges and a well-finished oval centre housing for audio and ventilation controls, was handsome.

Space, front and back, is good: Kia says the 97-cubic-foot passenger compartment is the largest in the compact sedan class.

The Spectra also leads, by far, in air bags. There are the usual front bags for driver and passenger, plus side air bags for the front occupants, plus side-curtain air bags that also protect rear passengers. No other moderately priced family car in Canada offers this.

The Spectra is good-looking in an understated way, with its tucked-in tail perhaps its nicest styling element. Dual-element headlamps and a chrome exhaust tip add some sophistication. Like all LXs, our tester wore plastic hubcaps on steel wheels — alloys and antilock brakes come only on the $19,995 Spectra EX. As hubcaps go, the big, six-spoked discs were rather snazzy.

Not everything on the Spectra was of Japanese quality. A plastic fuel-filler door, flimsy trunk hinges and skimpy, loose carpeting in the trunk made us wonder about other, less-apparent cost-cutting.

For buyers, the Spectra cannot offer the peace of mind provided by a Civic or Corolla. The market responds to this with lower resale values.

But with a five-year warranty for all parts, not just the powertrain, Kia offers some reassurance about its durability. Like its Korean owner, Hyundai (which will soon update its Elantra, a sister model to the Spectra), it’s showing a determination to match the Japanese in all areas. Or surpass them.

Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder with dual overhead camshafts, continuously variable valve timing; 138 h.p. at 6,000 r.p.m. 136 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 r.p.m.

Notable features: Side and side-curtain air bags, six-speaker audio with CD, intermittent wipers, immobilizer

Options: Convenience package (air conditioning, remote entry, power windows, heated mirrors, cruise control, rear disc brakes)

Warranty, yrs./km: 5/100,000 overall with roadside assistance; 1/20,000 on ‘consumable items’ (bulbs, fuses, etc.); three free oil-filter changes a year for original owner



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