Used Kia Magentis Saloon 2003 - 2006 review

Category: Family car

Section: What is it like?

2003 - 2006 review
Kia Magentis Saloon (03 - 06)
  • Kia Magentis Saloon (03 - 06)
  • Kia Magentis Saloon (03 - 06)
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What's the used Kia Magentis saloon like?

This version of the Magentis is better looking than the model it replaced in 2003, but its design remains bland, conservative and dated. However, there's much to interest a family on a tight budget.

For a start, there's stacks of space in the cabin, and the boot is big enough to hold a growing family's luggage. And, if you need any more space, the rear bench splits and folds, too.

However, it's short on driving pleasure. All three engines are fine on a steady cruise, but noisy when you work them. The ride - adequate on smooth surfaces - deteriorates as soon as the road surface does, and the car feels wallowy through a series of corners. There's also too much wind noise at speed.

While the cabin has plenty of kit, the design lacks any flair, and you don't get the same feeling of quality that you do with European rivals. Still, it's all planned out logically and easy to use.