When introduced for the 2000 model year for Korea and the United States, it was a hatchback version of the Kia Sephia and Kia Shuma (pronounced Shü-mä´), and replaced the Sephia. It was developed from Kia's previous hatchback, the Mentor (Sephia Leo). Several years later, Kia reveals the minor redesigned model. Renamed as Spectra Wing / Shuma II. Its successor is also the Kia Cerato as the Spectra / Sephia II models. The Shuma was powered 1.5L and 1.8L fuel injected four-cylinder petrol engines and its £8,500 starting price was £3,000 less than the approximately equivalent Ford Focus. In 2002 it replaced the Sephia and Shuma completely, though it was the same vehicle. In Russia production of first-gen Spectra is continued by Izh-Avto.
- Kia Shuma/Spectra 2000-2004 performance:
- 1.6L DOHC engine 107hp 0-100km/h: 11 sec., top speed: 115mph (185km/h) MT
- 1.6L DOHC engine 107hp 0-100km/h: 13 sec., top speed: 111mph (178km/h) AT
- 1.8L DOHC engine 125hp 0.100km/h: 9.8 sec., top speed: 123mph (198km/h) MT
- 1.8L DOHC engine 125hp 0.100km/h: 10.9 sec., top speed: 118mph (190km/h) AT
- 2.0L DOHC engine 132hp 0.100km/h: 8.9 sec., top speed: 128mph (206km/h) MT
- 2.0L DOHC engine 132hp 0-100km/h: 10.0 sec., top speed: 125mph (201km/h) AT
Three trim levels were available: an entry level S, slightly upgraded SX, and the top-of-the-range GSX.