2009 Kia Amanti Performance
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The 2009 Kia Amanti features a very capable powertrain, but its performance abilities are limited by its soft suspension settings. However, test drivers that prefer ride comfort over agility find it all-around satisfying.
Acceleration and Power
Test drivers admire the Amanti's smooth operating powertrain. It's equipped with a 3.8-liter V6 engine that produces 264-horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 260 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm. A five-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic clutchless shifting is standard. According to the EPA, the '09 Amanti has a city/highway fuel economy of 17/24 mpg -- which leaves at least one auto writer disappointed.
- "The V6 provides more than adequate power in any situation. The smooth, responsive engine is nicely complemented by a refined transmission." -- Consumer Guide
- "The ride is suitably powerful, with a 3.8-liter V-6 engine that churns out 264 horsepower, but drinks quite a bit of fuel in the process -- Globe testing recorded 22.2 miles per gallon." -- Boston Globe
- "It works with an alert five-speed automatic transmission and makes shorter work out of fast merges and 65-75 mph passing times." -- Chicago Sun-Times
Handling and Braking
The Amanti's handling dynamics polarize test drivers. While some appreciate its comfort-tuned suspension settings, others argue that it ruins the Amanti's handling abilities.
- "Amanti's unusually soft suspension absorbs most smaller bumps fairly well but can be poorly composed over sharper bumps and potholes in city driving. Highway speeds bring an undue amount of bobbing over larger road imperfections. ... The softly sprung Amanti suffers from excessive lean in corners and vague, indirect steering. From behind the wheel the Amanti feels like a larger, heavier vehicle than it is." -- Consumer Guide
- "Kia has tuned the Amanti for maximum ride comfort at the expense of handling ability. Though some buyers might prefer this, we've found that most other competing cars provide a much better balance between the two attributes. As such, the Kia Amanti isn't as desirable as other choices in this class, nor is it as well known." -- Edmunds
- "If you've never driven a Kia-or haven't driven one recently-you'll be astonished by the Amanti's ride. It's strikingly smooth and quiet, and I don't just mean in comparison to other Kias. The Amanti has gas-pressurized shock absorbers and a double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension that are all tuned to provide luxury-car comfort. The car's designers also seem to have added a lot of sound-deadening material to the '07. I was surprised by the quality of the Amanti's ride from the first moment I put the car in gear." -- BusinessWeek