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Rental KIA Spectra: a compromise version

Rental KIA Spectra: a compromise version

13.09.2016
Here's a review of the KIA Spectra. This model is a great everyday car. The sedan is quite comfortable, utilitarian, and unpretentious. However, don’t exceed the speed because it has mediocre-quality chassis.

The Renault Logan has been a permanent leader of the budget class since it had arrived on the car market.

However, there is a worthy alternative – the KIA Spectra. We decided to rent a car for a day in Moscow to test the model.

Exterior

The Korean sedan’s exterior is quite unassuming. Its round-shape body and plain lamps aren't impressive. However, a low-cost sedan isn't supposed to have a stunning design. It attracts customers with other features. Its geometric cross isn't bad due to its high ground clearance and short overhangs. You can mount high curbs effortlessly.

Interior

The interior is simple and neat. The assembly is excellent – all the panels are fitted together properly. Of course, there is unpleasant hard plastic everywhere, but it's a common feature for a low-cost class car like the Korean sedan. On the centre console, there is a digital clock and a climate control unit. It keeps the cabin warm even in extremely cold conditions. An analogue dashboard with a standard layout is well readable under all lighting conditions. However, there is nothing else noticeable.

The driver's seat with flat profile has no lateral support. It isn't designed for abrupt manoeuvres because it doesn't fix the driver properly. During a long lasting trip, you might feel back pain and leg numbness. However, rear passengers appreciate the large rear seat and spacious legroom – you'll be thankful for the car's engineers during long lasting trips. The trunk is 440 litters, but you aren't able to transport large items because of its convex walls.

Driving performance

The KIA Spectra is equipped with:

  • a 1.6-liter, 101bhp atmospheric engine;
  • a 5-speed manual transmission.

The engine accelerates well, but you have to meet some conditions. The main of them is keeping a tachometer arrow in the medium speed zone. At low speeds, the Spectra's engine pulls weakly. The gearbox has ‘stretched out' gear ratios and transmission problem that make driving uncomfortable.

However, the level of driving comfort is high. A long-stroke and soft suspension provides smooth driving on large potholes. Therefore, so you can drive effortlessly even on off-road. But a reverse side of the coin is extremely low steering sensitivity. Also, there is instability of lateral movement at high speeds and large body roll in corners that makes aggressive driving unsafe.

Rent a car for a day in Moscow – a verdict

The KIA Spectra is a great everyday car. The sedan is quite comfortable, utilitarian, and unpretentious. However, don’t exceed the speed because it has mediocre-quality chassis.

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