Mediocre, at best..
Dash lights tend to blink on and off, and sometimes go out completely, until I kick the fuse box.
At around 10,000 miles, it started to make a funny "vibrating noise" from the front of the car.
Trunk needs to be slammed hard in order to close properly.
This car isn't the worst I've owned, but certainly not the best. A car having electrical problems at less than 20,000 miles is unacceptable. the factory stereo system leaves a little to be desired in the speaker department. If you're a fan of Techno, Industrial, or Hip-Hop music, don't expect good quality bass, or overall sound for that matter. It's OK for Rock and Classical, I suppose. Overall, the car gets me through my 40 mile commute to work and back, but for the $10,000 price tag, I should've bought a Toyota Echo.
On the plus side, it handles well, although it leaves a little to be desired in the acceleration department. The air conditioning and heat both work superbly. The seats are moderately comfortable, but don't expect luxury (then again, it is a Kia). In hindsight, I wish I had bought that Toyota Echo I was looking at. A friend of mine just bought one, and it's great. Don't let the 100,000 mile warranty on the Kia sway you!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 3rd July, 2002