Almost immediately after the purchase I had to go for repairs and lay out a rather large amount: an “automatic machine” is an expensive thing. Today is another matter. Restore the damaged reputation helped new cars with automatic transmission. And not only foreign ones - domestic automobile plants, including Izh-Avto, are contributing. No, there will be no VAZ “fours” and Izhevsk “heels” with “assault rifles”, but “KIA Spectra” - please. In the production program, the share of cars with automatic transmission is 20%. There are two options. Unlike the pre-series, the Spectra conveyor got a headlight corrector, a steering wheel with an airbag. Native protection of the engine crankcase and automatic transmission is not provided. Fans traveling on the road will have to buy it separately, since it has already appeared on sale. Otherwise, there is a danger of damaging expensive aggregates.
A cold engine runs too noisily and sounds like a diesel engine. As you enter the mode, the noise becomes a little less, but still surpasses many engines, including the 16-valve VAZ. Sound insulation on the hood could fix the matter, but it is not there.
A driver's seat with good lateral support, but the seat is still tilted back. Automatic gear lever - with convenient and large symbols of operating modes. Moreover, all of them are duplicated by indicators in the instrument cluster. The lever is saved from accidental movement by the locking mechanism. With a quiet acceleration, the gears shift smoothly, almost imperceptibly, unless the tachometer needle deviates. I try to accelerate more energetically: small jerks are noticeable when switching, but they only tell the driver that the "machine" worked successfully, and did not cause irritation. To accelerate sharply, I press the pedal "to the floor." It takes several moments for the information to be processed by the control unit, another fraction of a second for the inclusion of a downshift. While the pedal is recessed, the engine spins up to 6, 000 rpm, then a shift to overdrive follows. For a car weighing about 1200 kg with a 1.6 liter engine, it is quite confident acceleration - against the background of more famous classmates, it looks decent.
The gear ratios of the box are optimally selected: there are no delays during acceleration, and for overtaking it is not necessary to bring the matter to a kick-down, just add a little gas. Modes for severe traffic conditions are marked with numbers 2 and 3. The first will allow you to save the box on steep climbs, the second is useful when towing a trailer or car.
There is also an O / D button on the automatic transmission lever. If it is recessed and the lever is in the “D” position, then the first to third gears are involved. The fourth will not turn on, and in the instrument cluster the warning lamp lights up. This function is convenient in the "torn" mode of movement, when the box now and then jumps from III to IV and vice versa.