This car replaces a well-loved 1994 Mercedes C280, so I have to admit I was skeptical at first about buying a Kia. I didn't think anything could compete with my beloved Mercedes. Boy was I wrong! The first thing you notice about the car is its unique look. Too many cars today look exactly alike and I've learned that if a car is 'streamlined,' that's code for BORING. The looks may not be for everyone, but they're definitely not boring... The fit and finish are superb, interior design tasteful and it has a smooth powerplant. As for 'fun to drive,' it may not appeal to a 20-something bachelor, but for someone approaching 40 with a family, it's very comfortable.
It's been a year now since my purchase and I'm still a fan of the Amanti. Love the vehicle and it's reliability. I'm getting low mileage around the city but 80% of my driving is just that. City 15.8 MPG .. but on the highway I get a strong 34 MPG. I traded my lincoln continental in for this vehicle and was nervous about my choice. I went with the Amanti for value and warranty. I'm glad I did. I've not regretted my decision yet - in fact wonder how I got so smart. This car is just flat out fun to drive and has everything in it an on it I ever had with my lincolns. Especially satisfied with winter driving - electronic stability control is great. Check out the Amanti befor you buy anything.
I have never really heard of this model until about 2 weeks ago. We bought one about three weeks ago. I am so proud I bought this 2007 because it is truly a luxury car not only in appearance and interior comfort and but the outside design looks like a Benz. I have owned well over thirty cars in my lifetime but this has to rate in the top three. BTW I am 62 so I know a lot about cars. This car is a winner.
UPDATE: I wrote the previous post 3/25/2008. Since then I have not regretted this purchase for one moment. In fact I've become a bigger fan of the Amanti. Extremely pleased and I've upgraded my initial impressions because I've had the chance to drive it. Great response, cornering. Wonderful highway feel, blows my Lincoln away. I would highly recommend this vehicle to anyone. At least - don't buy anything - until you've looked at the Amanti.
Best run was with ESC turned off and a 2,000-rpm brake torque and careful throttle modulation thereafter. Otherwise, the electronic traction control is very aggressive and kills any sort of wheelspin.
Very soft initial pedal feel followed by progressive fade. Pedal went to the floor by the final (4th) stop from 60 mph.
On the skid pad, the Amanti is soft and slow to react. Very low limits of grip here. In the slalom, the car is relatively stable through the transitions, with generous body roll. The power steering, however, was not up to the task. The ratio is slow and it was easy to outrun the hydraulic pump over center.