2008 Kia Spectra Overview


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Spectra5 SX
Avg. Price: $8,546
Avg. Price: $7,660

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Average User Score

4.45 stars

Based on 8 reviews

Great Ride For The Money by JustIn
 — Fun to drive sleak look. But its a v4, added a couple of performance upgrades goes around 156hp atm which isnt bad. Storage is no problem with this car. I get 25mpg. Brakes go pretty quick on this car... Read More
2008 Kia Spectra5 by Tanya
 — we traded 2006 4x4 Suzuki Grand Vitara for that one, reason - fuel economy & to cut on car payments and we pretty happy with that little car. For me its like little sporty european car. I was surprise... Read More
It Is A Good All Around Car. by charming169
 — I love our car! I would say it is no sports car. It is a great family car or daily driver with pretty good gas mileage, depending of course on how you drive it. I think this car is more for a younger ... Read More

2008 Kia Spectra Overview

Overall User Score

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Based on 8 reviews

2008 Kia Spectra

After a redesign and new sport sedan version appeared in 2007, the 2008 Kia Spectra receives few updates. The four-door midsize budget sedan and Spectra5 hatchback have improved performance and appearance over the years, making them increasingly attractive choices for money-conscious drivers when combined with the 100,000-mile/10-year warranty.

For 2008, the Kia Spectra gets a new black grille with chrome trim on the base LX and upscale EX, along with a new design for the gauges and shifter. Along with the LX and EX, the SX sedan and Spectra5 hatchback offer a sportier version of the front-wheel drive Spectra, with a sports-tuned suspension, larger tires, shocks, an anti-sway bar, leather trim, ground effects, and supportive sport seats. However, the sportiness does not extend to the powertrain, as all models feature the same 2.0-liter, 138-hp inline-four engine with a standard 5-speed manual. All but the LX can opt for a 4-speed automatic with overdrive.

The base model LX starts with a CD player, clock, and tilt steering, but you have to move up to the EX to get power features and air conditioning. The small decklid spoiler is joined by a front spoiler in the SX and Spectra5. Safety is prominent for Kia, and the 2008 Spectra comes with six airbags, including side impact and side curtain for both rows. One drawback is the lack of ABS brakes, which are offered as an option only on the SX and Spectra5. Despite its compact size, the 2008 Spectra rates highly for roominess and comfort, with split-folding rear seats and a 12-cubic-foot trunk. Thanks to its high safety rating, warranty, and low price, it remains a popular and solid choice for a starter car, as long as you're not concerned about acceleration power or noticeable road noise.


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