Complete Kia Spectra lineup, specs, economy, dimensions

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The Kia Spectra is a compact car manufactured and marketed by the South Korean carmaker from 2000 to 2009. It succeeded the Kia Sephia and it was replaced by the Kia Forte (also known as Kia Cerato in some markets).

History of the Kia Spectra

In 2000, Kia introduced the Spectra as a popular and sporty, entry-level hatchback that would attract the younger buyer. The 2001 Spectra saw minor changes made to the interior and the addition of the LongHaul Warranty Program. In 2002, the Spectra was renamed the Spectra sedan, and Kia started offering hatchback and sedan models. The 2003 Spectra saw a CD player standard, updated exterior moldings, revamped climate controls, and an area wiper added to the hatchback. In 2004, Kia introduced a redesigned Spectra with more features and added value. In 2005, Kia launched the Spectra5 trim, which featured a variety of sporty upgrades like 16 alloy wheels, a sportier interior, and sport-tuned suspension. In 2006, Kia discontinued the LX sedan and made some minor changes to other trim levels. The 2007 Spectra saw the addition of a tire-pressure monitoring system in all trims. There were no changes made to the 2008 Spectra. In 2009, Kia made minor changes to equipment and added active front headrests and cruise control as standard features across all trim levels.


The 2009 Kia Spectra5 SX with manual transmission has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of around $17,000 (around $23,500 in 2023). Add in the automatic transmission, anti-lock brakes, remote start, six-disc CD changer, and power moonroof, and the price tops out at around $20,000 (around $27,000 in 2023).

Features of the Kia Spectra

Exterior Features

As we've become increasingly accustomed to the tall hatchback design that we're seeing more often, we think the 2009 Kia Spectra5 looks pretty sharp. Sporty styling includes integrated fog lamps up front and a rear spoiler. The 16-inch alloys are adequate in style and size, but bigger wheels and tires might serve the Specrta5's stance even better.

Interior Features

Even if you don't have problems with headroom, you'll immediately notice Spectra5's vaulted ceiling-like canopy. The modern, attractive interior features a silver-ringed center console with controls placed within easy reach. More than one reviewer, however, had trouble getting comfortable in the driver's seat. As you might expect from a tall vehicle with eight windows, visibility is good. Rear-seat passengers are treated to legroom in line with the car's impressive headroom, and the versatile cargo area is substantial with the 60/40-split rear seat folded down.

Specs and Performance of the Kia Spectra

  • 2.0L in-line 4

The Kia Avella's 2.0L engine delivers 138 hp (103 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 136 lb-ft (184 Nm) of torque at 4,500 rpm. Kia marketed the Avella as a front-wheel-drive (FWD) vehicle, and it was available with a 5-speed manual transmission. Kia Spectra accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (0–97 kph) in 9.2 seconds with a top speed of 126 mph (203 kph). Dimension-wise, the Kia Spectra measures 4,350 mm (171.3 in) long, 1,735 mm (68.3 in) wide, and 1,470 mm (57.9 in) high. Its wheelbase measures 2,610 mm (102.8 in) and has a curb weight of 2,833 lbs (1,285 kg).

Release Date

Kia Motors propelled the Spectra to automotive fame from 2000-2009, giving drivers an efficient and reliable ride for a decade.