Used Kia Magentis (2006 - 2010) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 02 Sep 2013
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Kia may have a strong reputation for making good value small hatchbacks and people carriers, but not many people consider the Korean make when it comes to larger saloons. The Magentis is just that - a four door car that's similar in size to the Volkswagen Passat, but unfortunately that's where the similarities end.

Kia Magentis (06-10)
Roomy cabin, comfortable ride, easy to drive, good diesel choice
Bland looks, interior lacks sophistication, vague steering

New price range:

£14,545 - £20,095

Used price range:

£305 - £2,049

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3 out of 5

Kia may have a strong reputation for making good value small hatchbacks and people carriers, but not many people consider the Korean make when it comes to larger saloons. The Magentis is just that - a four door car that's similar in size to the Volkswagen Passat, but unfortunately that's where the similarities end. The dull styling and cheap-looking cabin do it few favours, while a cramped driving position and flimsy handling make it far from enjoyable to drive.

It does come well equipped and there's plenty of rear leg room. It was facelifted in 2009 with a sharper look and improved handling, but it still fails to impress. The Ceed hatchback may be smaller, but it's a far superior Kia.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3 out of 5

Performance

3 out of 5

Handling

3 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3 out of 5

Safety

3 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

3 out of 5

Green credentials

2.5 out of 5

Buying used

2.5 out of 5

Selling

1.5 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 Best thing by far is the V6 engine coupled to the auto box. At 60 mph the engine turns over at just 1800 RPM and gives me 45 mpg, and thats out of a 2.7 V6  

5 out of 5

Stuart Adair ,   03 Jun 2010    ... read more

 Size - I am 6 feet 3" tall & my 6 foot 4" brother can sit behind me no problem. Also, unlike so many saloon cars these days the headroom is excellent even with the seat at max height. Huge boot too.  

4 out of 5

Anonymous ,   09 Aug 2009    ... read more

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