The roomy and stylish interior was a pleasant surprise.
The car does have some engine pep, but I don't get near the advertised mileage.
My car has a standard shift and it is not hard to miss shift. Shifting is not smooth and sometimes fifth gear and reverse are hard to hit. The gear ratios just don't feel right and in my opinion needs some engineering attention. The engine Rpm do not drop in between shifts and it is irritating. I took it in to have it looked at and the dealer said it is normal.
The car drives impressively smooth, but the ride is slightly spoiled by engine noise.
The handling is not great at all, but that is expected in a compact car anyway. You can actually feel the car flex in a corner and it is an uncomfortable feeling. You can also feel the power to the front wheels through the steering wheel when starting from a stop with a turn. KIA should work on that.
There are small details about the car that can't go unnoticed. Many pieces and parts look and feel paper-thin. I am afraid to put to much pressure on the emergency brake because I am afraid that the plastic lever will break off in my hand. The interior door and window handles are cheap plastic also.
The car is very comfortable to sit in and I love the seats. It is not a car I would want for a long drive though, because KIA engineers missed an important detail; American legs are longer than Korean legs. After a while of driving, I feel like my knees are in my chest.
Overall I am pleased with my purchase. I think KIA is on to something and they will probably get the engineering bugs worked out soon. The warranty has all others beat. For it's intended purpose, my Spectra fits the bill.