Kia Spectra 5-Door Hatchback

General Description:

The 2009 Spectra 5-door Hatchback or Wagon is also known as 2009 Spectra5 in the market. This is one entry-level compact vehicle with sporty personality Kia has successfully sold throughout the world. The car shares its history with its sibling Spectra 4-door sedan. It also has the same 2.0L inline 4-cylinder engine that delivers 138 horsepower. The buyers get options of either a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission with this variant. Other interior and exterior specifications including the design styling and fuel economy also remain the same. The 2009 Spectra5 differs only in trim level. It offers one trim level that includes all the SX amenities as standard. Features like 16-in alloy wheels, rear spoiler, 6-speaker audio system, remote power door locks, front reading lights, leather trim on gear knob, and more come fitted with this model. It gives you the same value for money as with the other variant of Spectra. You also get the same safety features that come with the SX model.


This is an amazing car for city and highway driving experience. The powerful engine efficiently meets the expectation from this vehicle which incorporates high level of sophistication and refinement. The latest 2009 Spectra5 boasts of better interior space than its competitors. It also has a wider body and wider track than the rivals which give it dynamic advantages. Peep in our Spectra5 SX spy-shots to check how the story has unfolded.


Spectra5, like all its cousins, carries a good resale value. If you are contemplating of buying a compact hatchback, this one can easily be on top of your list simply for the build quality, classy interior, great comfort, unfailing performance and lower price. Follow what a satisfied Spectra5 owner has to say in our Kia Owner section.


Trim Levels: Features, Specification and Options:

The 2009 Spectra5 is available in only one trim level. Some notable features of its SX trim include:

  • Exterior:

A.      Body:

  1. Variable intermittent wipers (standard)
  2. Rear defogger (standard)
  3. Rear Spoiler (standard)

B.      Wheels: 16-in alloy wheels (standard)
C.      Length X Width X Height (in): 171.3 X 68.3 X 57.9
D.      Ground Clearance (in): 6.3
E.       Tires:

  1. P205/50R16 (standard)
  2. Spare tire – temporary spare tire (standard)

F.       Wheelbase (in): 102.8
G.     Track (Front X Rear – in): 58.9 X 58.5

  • Interior:

A.      Amenities:

  1. AM/FM/CD player with 6-speaker (standard)
  2. USB/auxiliary audio input jack (standard)
  3. Bucket front seat (standard)
  4. Height adjustable driver seat (standard)
  5. Split-folding rear seatback (standard)
  6. Tachometer (standard)
  7. Low fuel warning (standard)
  8. Front console with storage (standard)
  9. Speed-proportional power steering (standard)
  10. Tilt-adjustable steeling-wheel (standard)
  11. Trunk light (standard)
  12. Premium cloth trim (standard)
  13. Leather trim on gear shift knob (standard)
  14. Remote power door locks (standard)
  15. Heated mirrors (standard)
  16. Power mirrors (standard)
  17. One-touch power windows (standard)
  18. Air conditioning (standard)
  19. Front Reading lights (standard)

B.      Dimensions:

  1. Head Room (Front/Rear – in): 40.0/38.8
  2. Shoulder Room (Front/Rear – in): 55.1/53.9
  3. Leg Room (Front/Rear – in): 42.8/35.4
  4. Hip Room (Front/Rear – in): 52.4/53.9
  5. Passenger Volume (cu ft): 116.4
  6. Cargo Volume (cu ft): 18.3
  • Engine: 2.0L, Inline, 4-cylinder (4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual)
  • Horsepower: 138 hp @ 6,000 rpm
  • Torque: 136 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy (City/Highway MPG):
  1. 24/32 (4-speed automatic)
  2. 23/30 (5-speed manual)
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Gal): 14.0
  • Color: The 2009 Spectra5 comes in a range of exciting colors.
  • Price:  Check for price quotes from local dealers.



Some of the standard safety features of 2009 Spectra5 include the following:

  • Head airbags (front and rear)
  • Dual front advanced impact airbags
  • Dual side impact airbags attached with front seats
  • Child seat anchor (LATCH)
  • Ventilated front disk brakes
  • Rear drum brakes
  • Rear child safety door locks
  • Auto delay head lamps
  • Front and rear height adjustable headrest
  • Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
  • Front seat belt pretensioners
  • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • Dual front side-mounted airbags
  • Rear center 3-point belt
  • Emergency interior trunk release


Driving Experience:


With a reasonably powerful 4-cylinder front wheel drive engine, the Spectra5 delivers what is expected from a car of its segment. It gives you a pleasant driving experience. The mechanical communication between driver and the car is nicely implemented. It accelerates well, in fact reaches 60 mph in just 8.2 seconds. Its steering is sharp and the chassis calibration is done well to give you excellent maneuverability on mountainous terrains. The manual gearbox is easily operable and that gives enough control to the driver to easily pass through city and highway lanes. Leg and headroom for the driver is comfortable.



The 2009 Kia Spectra5 competes with the likes of Ford Focus ZX5, 2009 Dodge Caliber, 2009 Ford Focus and 2009 Honda Civic in the highly competitive compact hatchback segment.

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