Review: KIA Magentis (2009 – 2011)

Rating:

Thoroughly competent large front-drive saloon with diesel engine and low price.

Interior plastics and glues smell a bit. Belt cam diesel. Only has a three year warranty.

Recently Added To This Review

11 August 2010

Kia New Vehicle Warranty Terms & Exclusions: * There is no mileage limit during the first 3 years, except for vehicles used as taxis where a limit of 100,000 miles applies. * There is a 100,000... Read more

4 January 2010

New 7-Year Kia Warranty. No mileage limit to the warranty for the first three years, except for vehicles used as a Taxi, when coverage is limited to 100,000 miles. Over the full period of the warranty,... Read more

11 May 2009

New Magentis, sold only as 2.0 diesel in TR trim in UK. 4,800mm long x 1,805mm wide x 1,480mm high. 1,991cc 16v common rail diesel engine. 147bhp at 3,800rpm, 305Nm (225 lb ft) torque from 1,800 - 2,500rpm.... Read more

KIA Magentis (2009 – 2011): At A Glance

What does a KIA Magentis (2009 – 2011) cost?

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Real MPG average for a KIA Magentis (2009 – 2011)

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Average performance

85%

Real MPG

26–46 mpg

MPGs submitted

21

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As a retired former senior executive in the car industry, the most refreshing aspect of your column is the even-handed way you dispense advice on customer and manufacturer complaint resolution. Since retiring I have deliberately adopted a strategy of buying used “unfashionable” cars that depreciate heavily and then running them into the ground. 5 years ago I bought a 53 plate 15,000 mile white Subaru Legacy 2.0 Saloon at a trade price of £7000, which my wife runs. A year later I bought an 05 plate 18000 mile Citroen C5 1.6hdi for £8,000 to run myself. The Legacy has now done 80,000 miles and the Citroen 72,000. Both cars have been admirably cheap to run, but the Citroen feels fragile is starting to look tatty, and is starting to cost money having required new discs all round, injector seals, and a new cooling fan and ECU. What can I replace it with that is biggish, comfortable, economical, unfashionable and depreciates badly.
Let's see, now: KIA Magentis, Hyundai Sonata, Chevrolet Epica, Dodge Avenger, SEAT Toledo. Avoid SAABs, Vectras, Alfas and FIATs with the 1.9 diesel engine.
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