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Pros: The front grill/Jag look alike
Cons: POOR GAS MILAGE! 11.9 MPG
Advice: Please check the gas milage before u drive off the lot !!! otherwise the car is excellentI've been looking at the Amanti since 2003. I was never a Kia fan and that's what kept me from buying. In Aug. of 2005, the engine went on my old car and i had no choice but to buy another. I went strait to the Kia dealership and test drove the Amanti. I loved it! The leather interior, wood grain paneling, 6disc CD changer, tape player, luxury at a fraction of the price! I drove it home that same day. I didn't give a high rating in performance and quality because of the poor gas mileage. I find that if i unplug the battery and then reconnect, it will give me proper milage for a while, but it slowly goes back down. I hope they recall and fix this problem. Anyone else with this problem please contact Kia to let them know !!
Pros: All the air bags
Cons: finding the color I want at the dealer
Advice: good luck If you find a 2006 on the floorThe wife and I Have been looking around for the pass few months to buy a new vehicle. We entered a Kia dealer one day looking at the 2006 Sorento. Across the showroom floor we spoted a 2005 Amanti and fell in love with it. The problem is the dealers seem to only have the 2005 models. We search around for a 2006 Amanti with the color we prefer but no one had it. It seem that all of the Kia dealer in this area only have white, black, & gray. One dearler states he has to order it from the factory. (No problem) We test drove one. It quality , comfort , and performance was excellent.
Pros: Smooth, quiet, and also the heated seats
Cons: The cup holder is too small for 2 drinks other than cans or a small cup.
Advice: I've had mine for 2 years now and love it just as much as the day I bought it. People always ask me how I can afford to drive a Jaguar and I point to the Kia symbol. They can't believe it's a Kia.We took the car for a 24 hour test drive. Absolutely loved it. My husband wouldn't consider anything but a Chevy because he's from a family that mostly works at Chevrolet. He sure changed his mind quick after driving it and also riding as a passenger in front and in back. Such a quiet engine you weren't sure if it was turned on when sitting in a parking spot. Smooth bumpless ride.
Pros: The comfortable seats
Cons: no GPS
Advice: it's an excellent buy!!NO GPS.........WHY???? The sound of the Alarm when it goes off SUCKS really bad!!!! it sounds like a 1970 Volkswagen Beetle, thats NOT impressive for such and impressive car as my Amanti. Other than that, it's the most awesome car I have ever owned, bar none.
Pros: hi-line leather interior and distinctive front end
Cons: lack of availability of a factory installed GPS navigation system
Advice: Take the car on an extensive test drive, and bring along your favorite CD to enjoy the sound system. You'll come back impressed!I purchase my 2004 Kia, new from a dealership, in November 2004, as a birthday present for my wife. She has owned the car for nearly a year, and still daily receives compliments on its styling and good looks. The Amanti now has 7000 miles on its odometer, and has been problem free. Whenever I sit in the car, I am constantly reminded of why i purhchased it for her. From its premium JBL sound system (with sub-woofer), to its near limousine like rear seat spaciousness and hi-line leather interior trim throughout, this is a car that looks like it costs thousand's more than its suggested retail price. On the road the Amanti delivers spirited performance when called upon, smoothly downshifting its 5 speed transmission automatic transmission, when urgency dictates this action. Fuel economy has consistenly averaged 17-18 MPG in the city, and 26 MPG on the highway (with air conditioning on). This level of real-world fuel economy outperforms some so-called economy cars. Overall, the Amanti's distinctive jaguar-like front end, and overall styling places it in a class by itself. My hat is off to KIA for bringing this car to the american market.
Pros: style, comfort, and the way it handles
Cons: It doesn't come in a convertible!
Advice: Drive it before you even look at anything else. Don't waste your time!We had been looking at cars for nearly four months and couldn't decide what to by. That is untill we drove the Amanti! Think you won't buy it after a test drive? Think again! That was all it took. It's amazing!It whips in and out of parking spaces, weaves perfect in and around traffic, has as many luxery features as our Cadillac did and just as comfortable. We loved the style of it...looked like a hybrid between a mercedes and jaguar. We liked the price and the car because it beat everything else we looked at. Drive it....your sold! Plus, we had a salesperson who treated us like a high end dealership does! That's important to us.
Pros: style,loaded with everything, way it drives easy to handle
Cons: wood work
Advice: buy iti bought this amanti excellent