Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Kia Magentis saloon?
The previous Magentis has proved to be a tough bit of kit and this incarnation, launched in 2003, has so far been just as trouble-free. We are unaware of any major mechanical faults.
You should, nevertheless, insist on a full service history - all models need attention every 10,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first.
The Magentis is robust enough for normal family motoring, but check the cabin for damage caused by over-zealous family use. While you're at it, ensure all the electric kit works properly. There's a lot of it to go wrong - it rarely does, but any faults could prove pricey to fix.
You may come across ex-minicab versions, but high-milers can be fine value so long as they've been serviced diligently. Again, insist on a full service history for your own peace of mind.