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What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

For Space, price, comfort, reliability, safety kit

Against Bland looks and a so-so drive. Rare, too.

Verdict A cheap, roomy family car, but nowhere near as talented as the best cars in the class

Go for… 2.0 or 2.7 petrol

Avoid… 2.0 turbodiesel

Kia Magentis Saloon
  • 1. Ensure all the electric kit works properly because there’s a lot of it to go wrong
  • 2. Check the cabin for damage caused by over-zealous family use
  • 3. There's stacks of space in the cabin, and the boot is big enough to hold a family's luggage
  • 4. The 2.0-litre engine isn't the greatest, but it's the best for buyers with a tight budget
  • 5. High-milers can be fine value as long as they’ve been properly looked after, so insist on full service history
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