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.