The Kia Amanti is a four-door front-wheel drive sedan with seating for up to five passengers. The Kia Amanti had a series of changes completed in 2007 and the vehicle entered 2008 with only a couple of minor changes. A couple of these minor changes include a new hood shape, headlights and new trunk lid with different taillights. There is only one trim level available. This single model is quite well stocked and is available at a reasonable price. Under the hood for this vehicle is a 3.8 L aluminum-block V6 engine that offers 264 hp with 264 lb-ft of torque. This engine has only one transmission option - the five-speed Sportmatic automatic transmission.

The EPA fuel economy rating for the Kia Amanti is 17 miles per gallon in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

Once inside the vehicle, you’ll find space and comfort that is unexpected at this price. The Kia’s interior comes standard with chrome door hands to match the mixed wood and leather trim. The seat upholstery comes in either cloth as standard or leather trim in a package. Standard is also the tilt leather-wrapped steering with audio controls and cruise control for easy driving. The front bucket seats are comfortable and for the driver there is an 8-way power driver seat with full lumbar support. This particular vehicle has a fully independent suspension system that makes handling easy and fast.

Kia Amanti features and options

The vehicle also includes other popular standard features like dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker cassette/CD sound system, heated mirrors, power front seats and there is even a sunroof for all those who like fresh air and sunshine shining in. Also included as standard equipment are 16” alloy wheels, power door locks, remote keyless entry, 4-way power passenger seat, rear defogger, tachometer, variable-intermittent wipers and fog lights.

If you are looking for bigger wheels; consider the packages available. The Leather Package adds in leather seats, memory setting for the driver’s seat and mirrors, power-adjustable pedals, a trip computer, heated front seats, a bonus for those living where winter means more than year round sunshine and a better sound system to a premium Infinity audio system. For the Premium Package, there is an extra shine with more aluminum trim inside, 17-inch chrome wheels or 17-inch machined wheels.

Kia Amanti Safety

The Kia Amanti does well with its safety features. There are the usual safety features like the ABS, traction control, antiskid, and front and rear side airbags. There are actually eight airbags in all, including separate front and rear side air bags with full length side curtain air bags. There are active head restraints, and four-wheel antilock brakes with electronic brake distribution. There is also an internal trunk release, an energy absorbing steering column, side-impact beams with front crumple zones, a theft deterrent package and a tire pressure monitor. Optional are electronic stability control (ESC), traction control, and brake assist.

In the crash test scores, the Kia Amanti has done well. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Amanti the highest ratings in side impact crash tests. The federal government has not completed the crash tests on this vehicle at this time.