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in 2009 Affordable Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $11,234 - $11,234
Original MSRP: $26,045 - $26,045
MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
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2009 Kia Amanti Interior

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Auto writers, on balance, admire the Amanti's interior for its nice finish, comfortable seats, standard modern features and functional cargo hold.

  • "Though not quite to premium-car standards, Amanti's interior is nicely finished with soft, high quality materials." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Amanti's handsome and well-appointed interior makes more of an impression than the car's exterior." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Amanti's interior is its strong point. In a few places, the materials in the Amanti's interior still aren't quite yet up to snuff." -- BusinessWeek
  • "[N]ice touches like tasteful faux wood and metallic accents..." -- Edmunds

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Seating

Though there's seating for five, most reviewers assert that its cabin is comfortable for only four adults. That's because the center position in the rear seat feels stiff.

  • "Amanti offers ample headroom and legroom [in the front], even for taller adults. The generously sized seats are nicely contoured and especially comfortable. The standard power driver's seat and tilt steering wheel help tailor a good driving position. ... Legroom and headroom [in the rear] are good, even for six-footers. The seat is comfortable and nicely contoured. The large doors help make entering and exiting easy." -- Consumer Guide
  • "There's plenty of legroom in the Amanti's rear seats, even with the front seats all the way back. However, I found the driver's seat a bit cramped. I'm 5 feet 10 inches tall and had the seat positioned as far back as it would go most of the time. A tall person would probably have to make space by tilting the seat back, which cuts into space for the passenger in back." -- BusinessWeek
  • "Amanti is a roomy car, with an exceptionally large rear seat and trunk. We applaud the eight-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support, but wish Kia would offer the same features on the passenger's side as well." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Four tall adults easily fit, and the back seat is particularly spacious-although the center rear area is too hard for comfort. Front seats are very comfortable." -- MSN

Interior Features

Critics find the Amanti's interior well appointed, but still complain of some ergonomic quirks with its controls. For 2009, the Amanti gets a new audio system with Sirius Satellite Radio, MP3 capabilities, and an auxiliary jack. The Amanti's 4-inch monitor screen is also increased by 1.5-inches.

  • "The gauges are large and easy to read with most commonly used controls falling readily to the driver's hand. Some testers found the center stack's look-a like controls to be hard to identify quickly in low light conditions." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Kia didn't lighten the car by removing lots of equipment. It's well-equipped with such items as air conditioning with dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, cruise control, AM/FM/CD sound system with eight speakers, one-touch up-and-down anti-pinch power windows, dual illuminated sun visors, automatic-on headlights and power windows, door locks with remote keyless entry and heated body color mirrors." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "Climate controls are large, but sound system controls should be larger. Front cupholders are positioned to avoid spills and covered when not in use for a tidier look." -- MSN

Cargo

The '09 Amanti provides 15.9 cubic-feet of cargo room and plenty of on-board storage options, like dual-compartment glovebox and overhead sunglasses holder. Overall, reviewers appear satisfied.

  • "Amanti's big trunk is usefully shaped and has a large opening. In-cabin storage includes a map pocket in each door, a two-level console bin, and a good-sized glovebox." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The glove compartment is roomy, and the front console bin is moderately deep. Doors have storage pockets." -- MSN

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