Kia's first foray into the
entry-luxury market offers ample interior room and comfort, with restrained and
fairly elegant styling, but with perhaps too soft of a ride. The Amanti comes
powered by a 195-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine, which drives the front wheels
via a five-speed automatic transmission that includes a manual-shift mode.
Anti-lock brakes are standard, with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Brake
Assist, traction control, and Electronic Stability Control optional. Also
included are both front and rear seat-mounted side airbags and full-length side
curtain airbags. Leather upholstery with heated front seats, an auto-dimming
rearview mirror and a garage door opener are among the major standard features.
Stability control is optional, and an optional equipment package includes a
premium Infinity audio system with CD changer, trip computer with four-inch
monitor and memory settings for the driver's seat and outside mirrors.
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