2009 Kia Spectra Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

Last year the Kia Spectra5 received a completely different body style from the front doors back, with hatchback convenience and a tall roofline that continues almost all the way to the rear of the vehicle, yielding impressive cargo space—especially when taking advantage of the fold-flat backseats. There's quite a bit of seating space, with a nicely proportioned, height-adjustable driver's seat. The 2009 Kia Spectra comes well equipped, but actual interior appointments are a weakness; it's very basic in design, which is fine, but it lacks the lustrous materials and cohesive styling that's now par for the course, even among bargain-priced rides.

ConsumerGuide observes "despite a tilt steering wheel and lever-action seat-height adjuster, few testers were able to find an ideal driving position." This source also notes that the 2009 Kia Spectra's seats are "sub par for contour and comfort...long-legged drivers will likely want more rearward seat travel...headroom is just OK for six-footers." Edmunds reports, "Like most compact cars, the [Kia] Spectra seats four comfortably, five in a pinch," adding "the seats are comfortable." However, Car and Driver notes "the front seats lack lumbar support." Cars.com qualifies this, commenting that "seat bottoms are short, and cushioning feels adequate but not abundant."

The 2009 Kia Spectra has abundant space for the class, but the skimpy seats and Spartan interior trim may not suit you.

The Detroit News declares that the Kia Spectra5 "offers 18.3 cubic feet of storage space, about 6 cubic feet more than the sedan. When the 60/40-split rear seats are folded flat, storage capacity in the hatchback expands to 52.8 cubic feet." Edmunds adds, "storage cubbies and cupholders are generous in size." ConsumerGuide reports that the 2009 Kia Spectra models have "usefully shaped trunks with adequate volume that's expandable via the standard 60/40 folding rear seat."

Regarding the Spectra’s interior, Edmunds asserts that the Kia Spectra offers a "comfortable and functional cabin...simple...with easy-to-use (and reach) controls and good build and materials quality." ConsumerGuide contends that the 2009 Kia Spectra's "cabin materials and finish exceed most in this price range," but notes that a "poorly sealed right-rear window in one test sedan rattled and generated a highway-speed wind whistle."

ConsumerGuide says, "Wind and road ruckus are nicely subdued," but the "engine is coarse sounding, growing additionally hoarse around 4000 rpm." However, Car and Driver waxes that, "on the highway, the [Kia Spectra's] cabin is a place of Lexus-like serenity."

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