Kia revamped its Amanti flagship sedan for 2007, and little has changed for 2008.
The Amanti competes in the same market segment as the Toyota Avalon and Chrysler 300. It continues to ape a Mercedes-Benz E-Class, though its engine and interior are at a point where a few people might actually be fooled.
The Amanti's headlights now sport integrated light bezels, and the grille is no longer as tall as it used to be. Kia says the hood, bumpers and trunk were redone in the 2007 redesign. For 2008, there's only a minor change to the alloy-wheel-cap finish.
Sixteen-inch alloy wheels are standard, and 17-inch wheels are optional, as are chrome wheels. At 196.9 inches long, the Amanti is about the same length as the Avalon but several inches shorter than a Chevy Impala.
The Amanti's 2007 redesign improved the center controls, which now have a higher-quality finish and better color differentiation than before. An analog clock sits between the center air vents.
Standard features include power front seats, an eight-speaker CD audio system and dual-zone automatic climate control. An optional 4-inch display monitor with a trip computer and digital clock can supplement the center analog clock. Other options include heated leather seats, a six-CD Infinity audio system and power-adjustable pedals. A navigation system, offered on many Amanti competitors, is still not available.
Interior volume measures 106 cubic feet, competitive with the Avalon and Impala.
Under the Hood
The Amanti's 3.8-liter V-6 sees duty in several other cars from Kia and sister company Hyundai. In the Amanti, the engine produces 264 horsepower and 260 pounds-feet of torque. It works through a five-speed automatic transmission.
Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes are standard, as are front and rear side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags. An electronic stability system is optional.
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