Used 2005 Kia Spectra Wagon Consumer Reviews | Edmunds
ADVERTISEMENT

2005 Kia Spectra Wagon - Consumer Reviews

Average Consumer Rating

68 Total Reviews

View reviews for a specific Spectra model:
ADVERTISEMENT

Sort by

Most Recent|
Most Recent Most Helpful Highest Rating Lowest Rating
Okay car
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Probe
on

Vehicle

2005 Kia Spectra Wagon Spectra5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

This is 4th year of my owner ship of kia Spectra5. Car seems to be ok , other than the fuel efficiency and service expenses.I keep my service schedule and I am not a agressive driver I get 21 MPG with in city ( got 24400 miles on car) and 28 -30 MPG on highway. Which is far lower than Japanese brands. I had to change my front brakes at 22000 miles I guess brakes should lost more. Good Year tires on this car lasted for 24400 miles and I guess they should last more. Bottom line is this car needs more maintenance in long run, that defeats the purpose of saving 2000 - 4000 bucks you save on this car when compared with other brands.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Red Runner
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By poochie0513
on

Vehicle

2005 Kia Spectra Wagon Spectra5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

In having my Kia for almost 5 years now, I can truly appreciate it. Gas mileage is wonderful and even without scheduled maintenance from time to time, it's a tough little car. It was announced totaled a few years back and still ran strong w/ no problems or major issues. I love this little car and would purchase another if needed.


Best Features

Gas mileage and body style.


Worst Features

I would only suggest perhaps raising the car a couple of inches from the ground.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Mostly a good car
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By dawnmg
on

Vehicle

2005 Kia Spectra Wagon Spectra5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I think the car is too close to the ground. It is impossible to park head-in without scrapping the curb. Even going up slanted driveways causes problems. The gas mileage on mine is horrible. After nearly 5 years of driving in town and on the highway, I am very disappointed in the gas mileage. I get about 18mpg in town and 21 on the highway. So sad! I thought FWD meant front wheel drive. If I have front wheel drive, why do my rear tires spin when starting on a hill?


Best Features

O love the interior space, I love the get up and go it has.


Worst Features

Raise the car 2" to get better clearance. Change block to cast aluminum to decrease overall weight. Then perhaps the advertised mpg would closer to the actual mpg.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Dismal fuel economy
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Reg Rothwell
on

Vehicle

2005 Kia Spectra Wagon Spectra5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Generally, nice car. Ranked higher than others in the same price range and body style (Sport suspension and 4- wheel disc brakes led me to choose it over the others). However, gas mileage is terrible (26 mpg with 1 person; 21 mpg with 2 people - consistently so for 42,000 miles). Of course, Kia is unwilling to address the problem. Totally defeated the purpose for buying the car. Adding to the problem, it requires 91 octane.


Best Features

Sport suspension and 4-wheel disc brakes


Worst Features

Attain advertised highway fuel economy


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Total airbag failure
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By sciguy
on

Vehicle

2005 Kia Spectra Wagon Spectra5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

This was a great car for price until another car ran stop sign and hit it head on. I was traveling on open road at 40-45 mph. Other driver turned into my lane and hit me going maybe 15 mph in dead center front. Total failure of all airbags. 2 other family members in car at time. 6 airbags and not one popped. Damage in excesss $6000. If you want a safe car do not buy. Had been happy with all but spoiler falling off repeatedly and very lousy gas mileage. Do not put your family in this car.


Best Features

Peppy and handled nice and quite comfortble to drive.


Worst Features

Make a car with functional airbags, I bought partly due to safety features. Don't lie about mpg. Correct spoiler on front or remove.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

ADVERTISEMENT

Write Consumer Reviews

Write Consumer Reviews

Write a review and rate your own car.

ADVERTISEMENT

New Car Buying Guides

See which cars and trucks our editors recommend

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
Have a question? We're here to help!
Chat*
Chat online with us
Email
Email us at help@edmunds.com
*Available daily 8AM-5PM Pacific
Phone*
Call us at 855-782-4711
SMS*
Text us at ED411