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2008 Kia Amanti Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Kia Amanti was new.

Reviews say that the Amanti's interior is a high point of the car because it is roomy, comfortable and upscale.

Upon stepping inside the 2008 Kia Amanti, the Kelley Blue Book reviewers find the interior "so handsome and well-appointed it makes more of an impression than does the car's exterior." Since the five-seater Amanti's 2004 debut, the words "roomy" and "comfortable" have fit into most reviews, and the current reviewers are not disappointed with the 2008 Kia Amanti's updates to driver and rider comfort.

Seating

The Amanti has "supportive" and "comfortable" cloth seats that after "a long day's drive doesn't leave one's bum numb or even demanding a good stretch." Consumer Guide calls the cabin "impressively hushed with very little wind or road noise."

Most reviewers find no stretching necessary for headroom either, but New Car Test Drive took issue with lacking leg- and hip room for rear passengers, and an MSN Autos review noted that in the rear, "the middle person has a small hump in the floor to contend with." Consumer Guide reviewers add that there is "ample headroom and legroom, even for taller adults" continuing to say that "generously-sized seats are nicely contoured and especially comfortable."

Interior Features

The 2008 Kia Amanti's standard features include a dual-zone automatic climate control, one-touch auto-up/down power windows and eight-way driver and four-way passenger power front bucket seats that Motor Week calls "plush." The steering wheel is leather wrapped and has an audio and cruise control remote, and the rearview mirror is auto-dimming with HomeLink, a wireless transponder used to open garages, disarm security systems and adjust lighting. New Car Test Drive thought all controls except the front seat power buttons were well placed and "return[ed] good tactile feel. Climate and stereo functions and settings are managed by familiar and user-friendly knobs, buttons and roller switches." The majority of reviewers appreciate the 2008 Kia Amanti's redesign of the instrument controls. As Velocity Journal writes, "new sporty white blue-interior illumination enhances interior ambiance." Consumer Guide concludes that the "gauges are large and easy to read," adding overall that the Amanti's interior is "nicely finished with soft, high quality materials."

Stereo and Entertainment

The Amanti houses an AM/FM/cassette/CD with eight speakers and a sound system that New Car Test Drive feels "lives up to promise, with good radio reception and quality sound." If drivers upgrade to the leather package they receive an Infinity AM/FM/six-disc in-dash CD audio player with nine Infinity speakers and front and rear-mounted tweeters and subwoofer. Mounted audio controls come on the steering wheel, but Road and Track specifically requests that Amanti change its steering wheel "mode-selection" button to a "seek" button.

Cargo

Many reviewers praise the 2008 Kia Amanti's trunk space. As Velocity Journal states, the 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space is good "for up to four sets of golf clubs." On the other hand, a number of auto writers express their disappointment with the specific issue of trunk access, as MSN Autos explains. Consumer Guide says the "big trunk is usefully shaped and has a large opening." "Seatbacks don't flip forward to enlarge the cargo area because Kia said such seatbacks would hurt the solid-feeling car's torsional stiffness." Motor Week gripes that the Amanti's offered trunk space is actually less than that of its rivals. A rear seat's ski pass-through is included for skinny cargo.

Review Last Updated: 2/26/09

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