The Magentis is decently equipped and comfortable to drive on the motorway. It has a roomy cabin and a generous boot.
It can't match the driving abilities or the quality of its rivals. The handling is stodgy and its diesel engine is short of flexibility.
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Kia Magentis Saloon performance
The Magentis comes with a single 2.0-litre 147bhp diesel engine. That may sound like more than enough oomph to haul things along at a brisk pace, but don't you believe it. In practice, the power delivery is flat under 2000rpm and the engine runs out of puff by 4000rpm.
Kia Magentis Saloon ride & handling
Although the ride is reasonably compliant and comfortable on smooth roads, the Magentis wallows when put through a series of bends. There's a shortage of front-end grip, and matters aren't helped by its vague steering.
Kia Magentis Saloon refinement
There's a lot of mechanical racket when the engine is worked hard and the manual gearbox is notchy, with a long throw between gearshifts. The wind- and road noise that's audible at higher speeds isn't exactly raucous, but it's loud compared with the class best.