Which used Kia Magentis saloon should I buy?
The 168bhp 2.5 V6 is the more enjoyable drive - it's a sweet, willing engine with decent performance and fair economy. And, if you're set on a V6, get one with the auto gearbox.
However, the 136bhp 2.0-litre car makes better economic sense. It's a little gentler on fuel, insurance and servicing but, crucially, you can put it on your drive for a lot less cash. It's a reasonable drive, too.
We'd also be happy with basic LX trim, which is anything but basic, really. You get twin front airbags, anti-lock brakes, an alarm, electric power for the four windows and the door mirrors, central locking, CD player and air-con. The posher SE throws in leather trim, climate control, side airbags and traction control.
Kia dealers have good used examples, although they tend to focus more on the later Magentis model (2003 onwards), so check out independent traders for a model of this age.