Used Kia Magentis Saloon 2003 - 2006 review

Category: Family car

Section: Our recommendations

2003 - 2006 review
Kia Magentis Saloon (03 - 06)
  • Kia Magentis Saloon (03 - 06)
  • Kia Magentis Saloon (03 - 06)
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Which used Kia Magentis saloon should I buy?

There are two petrol engines - a 2.0 and 2.7 - and a 2.0 turbodiesel. The latter throws a decent enough punch, but only over a narrow range of revs, and isn't worth the extra it costs over the 2.0 petrol model.

The 142bhp 2.0-litre petrol needs to be revved hard to give its best, but it's reasonable enough, and the best choice for those on a tight budget. The 2.7-litre V6 doles out an easy, smoother 185bhp but you'll pay for the privilege.

All models are stuffed with kit: six airbags, anti-whiplash head restraints, an alarm and immobiliser, alloy wheels, air-con, four electric windows and a CD player. So basic GS trim will do for most.

SE (later badged LS) adds leather trim and larger alloys, while 2.7 models also have auto transmission and cruise control.