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    I had a 2008 Kia Amanti for a rental car this weekend. As my wife and I pulled up into the Enterprise lot, she asked me which car I'd like.. I said, "Not the Kia!". Well, as it turns out - I liked it quite a bit. It's an Excellent mid-sized luxury car. It didn't have navigation, but it did have heated seats. That was surprising for a rental car (to me). I'm not sure if navigation is available on the Amanti. If not, they should fix that - because it's a very luxurious car in every other way.

    It's not the quietest vehicle. There's plenty of road noise. Lots of engine noise as well - when you need to get up and go. Very little wind noise, however. The leather was very soft and the seats were comfortable. I got a lot of compliments on the car and I was very surprised at that. I wasn't impressed with the stereo system - at all. Still, it was a much better car than I'd thought. I was a back seat passenger in a test drive years ago - but this was my first time driving the Amanti. I do remember the back seat being very comfortable. The front seat is comfortable as well..

    I timed a few 0-60 launches and I did a few 6.1s and a few 6.3s.. The engine is very smooth and there's plenty of power. Lots of power down low and plenty of power up top - even at 100mph. The brakes are excellent as well. The suspension isn't tight at all. If you want a car that rides soft, this is something you'll like. If you like tight handling, forget about it.

    The interior lights up nicely at night and the gauges are very clear and easy to read. Very Lexus-like. My only complaint was that I'd prefer the speedometer to be on the left of the RPMs. If the steering wheel is going to block anything, I'd prefer it not be the speedometer - which was partially blocked by the steering wheel..

    I imagine the Hyundai Azera feels very much like the Amanti - especially in the power department..


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    Default Re: 2008 Kia Amanti

    Actually, the Amanti is derived from the old Hyundai XG350 Chassis. In my opinion, the Amanti is one of the worst cars I've ever driven(1st being a Dodge Caliber).

    The Amanti is only good if you're driving on the highway because it's quiet and it has a powerful engine; other than that, it's horrible in the city. I would still take the Hyundai XG350 over the Amanti , anyday.

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    I like the XG350 as well.. What don't you like about the Amanti in the city? I mainly drive expensive vehicles. I've had an 05 Lexus LS430 and am currently driving an 06 BMW 750Li. For me to like the Amanti is very telling...

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    Default Re: 2008 Kia Amanti

    Here are a few pictures of what the next Kia Amanti may look like...



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    Default Re: 2008 Kia Amanti

    Quote Originally Posted by Poopsicle View Post
    Actually, the Amanti is derived from the old Hyundai XG350 Chassis. In my opinion, the Amanti is one of the worst cars I've ever driven(1st being a Dodge Caliber).

    The Amanti is only good if you're driving on the highway because it's quiet and it has a powerful engine; other than that, it's horrible in the city. I would still take the Hyundai XG350 over the Amanti , anyday.
    What year Amanti did you drive? The 2007 model received a healthy refresh with slightly revised styling, suspension and chassis tweeks, the Azera's 3.8l V6, etc.

    I have to say, I loathe the exterior styling of the car, but the interior is VERY nice for it's price bracket.

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    Default Re: 2008 Kia Amanti

    It's supposed to be a very affordable vehicle so having a Nav might not be considered, unless they have it as an option (to order?). But it's just a matter of time since NAV and Luxury is an expectation that should be together. The Amanti is due for a fresh styling. Looking forward to seeing what Hyundai will do with it, now that there are rumors the Azera will go away.

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    Default Re: 2008 Kia Amanti

    There have been rumors that the Azera was going away since it's 2nd model year. The official word from Hyundai is it isn't going anywhere.

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    Default Re: 2008 Kia Amanti

    Just curious how come we talk about a Kia in this Genesis forum?

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    Default Re: 2008 Kia Amanti

    This is the next generation Amanti replacement in disguise. People are speculating that it is based on the current generation Azera.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JOwest View Post
    Just curious how come we talk about a Kia in this Genesis forum?
    This is the "other Hyundai models" area of the Genesis forum. We also have an entirely off-topic area here called "General Discussion". Since Kia is owned by Hyundai, we discuss the company and it's products...

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