Kia Magentis (2009 – 2011) Review

Kia Magentis (2009 – 2011) At A Glance


+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.

Insurance Group 26
On average it achieves 85% of the official MPG figure

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


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Average performance


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26–46 mpg

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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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Do you have any resource on the new KIA Sportage and the KIA/Hyundai set-up?
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