Used Kia Magentis (2006 - 2010) Safety & Reliability

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 02 Sep 2013
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.

3 out of 5



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  • Adult Occupant Rating

    4 out of 5
  • Child Protection Rating

    3 out of 5
  • Pedestrian Test Rating

    1 out of 5

The Magentis scored a reasonable four stars in official Euro NCAP crash tests, but many similar sized family cars like the Renault Laguna, Citroen C5 and Toyota Avensis achieved the maximum five star rating. There's a good level of safety kit though, including front, side and curtain airbags and active head restraints to reduce whiplash injuries. There are also Isofix child seat mounts in the back.

4 out of 5


Kia has a good reputation for reliability and the Magentis should be no different. We've heard of no major problems, either mechanical or electrical, but unlike most other Kia models (which have five or seven-year warranties) the Magentis originally only had three years cover - although it isn't limited by mileage constraints. This was changed in January 2010 though, whtn a seven-year warranty was introduced on all Kia models.

Car check problem points


No problems reported.


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