Overview & Reviews
Eleanor Rigby and Father McKenzie were some lonely people forgotten by the world and if around today, they'd probably drive a Kia Amanti. This largely anonymous large sedan from Korea was frequently overlooked by folks who otherwise ended up buying something like a Buick LaCrosse, Chrysler 300 or Toyota Avalon. As far as we know, even Sir Paul McCartney hasn't noticed it.
The Amanti's rarity resulted from its awkward styling, flaccid performance and Kia's below-average name recognition when it comes to higher-end cars. Kia did address some of the Amanti's more immediate shortcomings in the second-generation model, but in general most used-car shoppers should probably check out more established large sedans before settling on an Amanti.
Most Recent Kia Amanti
The second-generation Kia Amanti was produced from 2007-'09. Although the exterior looked remarkably similar to the previous car's, it cloaked a complete redesign. A modified chassis yielded significant weight loss and improved handling, while most notably, the company dropped the original 200-horsepower V6 in favor of a new 3.8-liter, 264-hp V6.
This Amanti was available in one trim level. A two-tone interior color scheme along with subdued wood and metallic accents and comfy seats should please those looking for a low-priced luxury car. Standard equipment was comprehensive. When optioned out, the Amanti featured such niceties as leather upholstery, heated power front seats with memory, power-adjustable pedals and a nine-speaker stereo with six-CD changer. Some higher-end features, however, like a navigation system, weren't available.
The standard 3.8-liter V6 provided 264 hp and 260 pound-feet of torque. Power was sent to the front wheels through a five-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. Antilock brakes and a full array of airbags were standard; traction and stability control were optional. Shoppers would be wise to make sure a specific Amanti they may be interested in features these electronic aids.
We were always impressed with the Kia Amanti's equipment levels, ample space and low price. However, its handling was not particularly impressive, with the car's suspension sometimes getting uncomfortably upset when driven quickly over bumps. Overall, the Amanti's road manners were acceptable, but more discerning full-size-sedan buyers will prefer the added capability and refinement of the Kia's competitors. Although styling is a subjective quality, the car's lack of cohesive design and odd, sewer-grate grille didn't do it any favors either.
Past Kia Amanti Models
The original Kia Amanti ran from 2004-'06. It featured a 3.5-liter V6 good for only 195 hp, upgraded to 200 hp the following year. Compared to the newer Amanti, this generation was heavier and featured a more flaccid structure. Handling was even worse and its suspension was less sophisticated. Several features were added as its life went on, including an optional leather package in 2005. Judging by our lukewarm reaction to the current car, it should be no surprise that we think less highly of the original.
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Love my Amanti - 2006 Kia Amanti
By Denise Ballard - December 29 - 12:36 pm
I haven't owned my Amanti long but felt compelled to share. I love the way it drives and get lots of compliments. I have been in a Durango and was worried about space but that is not an issue with the Amanti.
MY Amanti - 2005 Kia Amanti
By Anthony - December 24 - 7:16 pm
In the real estate business, this car performs well. It looks great, is quiet so we can speak without the thumping and banging my past luxury cars had. Almost no wind noise and the engine is quiet. The heat and A/C work well, great traction in wet and snow. I drive 40k a year and this car does what it should. Nothing has broken, and all systems are above par. I have had many other cars; Jag X and S, Chrysler 300M, and Park Aveneu, but none have it all like the Amanti. I listen and feel for vibrations; this is a heavy car and has none. Quality everywhere -- just open the hood, trunk, and doors. If Kia came to U.S with its current cars and prices everyone would respect their product more.
What a bargain - 2005 Kia Amanti
By JJKRN - December 22 - 10:16 pm
I found this car by accident, drove it reluctantly, and fell in love. I make a good living and NEVER play keep up with the Jones type games.The exterior is kind of weird looking to my taste, but the interior is beyond first class I find it very responsive, good mileage, and a pleasure to commute in. If you're looking for a first class car, and want to save a lot of money, try the Amanti.
It's a Sleeper - 2008 Kia Amanti
By simickua - December 19 - 6:13 pm
I was an emergency vehicle instructor for many years. I have driven every type of ambulance and police pursuit vehicle. Wow, impressed with the Amanti. I don't think the sales guy had too much fun when I gave it a few tests before we bought it, but I wanted to know what the car would do under extremes. In an empty lot I made my wife and salesman want to get out! Power? 270 hp+torque! It's a sleeper and I clocked it at 0 to 60 in 6 sec. No joke! Cornered perfect at high speeds nice and tight, easy 360 tight turn, reverse is clear in the mirrors. No dead spots etc. The car does not do big bumps. Inside-everything you would expect in more expensive models of it's kind. Luxury-speed-warranty=win!
Amanti. Quality for the Price - 2004 Kia Amanti
By Steve Hansen - December 15 - 8:33 am
Have only had the car for 3 months, but so far I'm very pleased. A very comfortable ride; handles nicely on the highway. Very solid. A great car for the price.
OUR KIA - 2005 Kia Amanti
By phyllis alcaro - November 26 - 5:50 pm
Very impressed with handling, driving, and quietness, Have been told by many car looks great.
Say Goodbye To GM - 2004 Kia Amanti
By mark blitman - November 16 - 2:00 am
i love my amanti; it will remind you of the Buicks of yesteryear; smooth blvd type ride and the fit and finish are fantastic..Kia will put a dent in GM's large car business; no doubt about it..GO GET ONE!!!!!!! FOR THE PRICE OF A CADDY P.O.S YOU CAN HAVE 2 AMANTI'S AND CHANGE LEFT OVER....
Amanti - 2004 Kia Amanti
By Mark K - November 11 - 10:00 am
I am very impressed with the quality,style and workmanship of this vehicle. It handles extremely well. Outstanding warranty and a great price.
OH MY GOSH!! - 2005 Kia Amanti
By KC Comfort Seeker - November 8 - 6:06 am
Great car--great buying experience. It took me about 18 months to pull the trigger on a new car. I usually buy used and drive them forever. But I fell in love with this car and it has lived up to my every expectation. Feature function value to the max. Friends and family can't believe the extras included for the price. I didn't think the dual heat/AC would be that noticeable but my wife and I can ride in total temperature comfort with no problem. Interior looks like a much higher priced luxury car. Controls are easy to adjust and intuitive to figure out. Decent gas mileage but you don't buy a car like this for the gas mileage. Very roomy, very comfortable. Bargain hunter's delight.
Happy, But Not PERFECTLY Happy - 2005 Kia Amanti
By OhManti - October 17 - 2:20 am
Contrary to some, I don't find the suspension loose or "floaty." The brakes are a bit too grippy for me. The ride's wonderfully pleasant, would be dead quiet if the air intake wasn't so loud. Posh enough, but cheap very scratchable finish on the interior glossy bits. Wish it had a compass; Love the computer and gobs of great gadgetry otherwise. Happy with accelleration, at the stoplight and for passing, don't mind the lessor V6. Love the front end, back end cloys, though I think the trunk's my favorite feature -- HUGE. CD changer slow loading. horn pathetic. blind spot in front. Saftey top notch. Eight way seats, but haven't got comfortable on long trips.