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Kia Magentis 2.0 CRDi TR: Test Drive

Date: 08 May 2009   |   Author: Tristan Young

Category: Upper medium
P11D price: £17,095
Key rival: Chevrolet Epica

Kia has revised its value offering in the upper medium sector with the facelifted Magentis and has vastly simplified its line-up.

Gone are the two petrol engines and two trim levels to leave a single diesel engine and a single trim level.

The 2.0-litre diesel engine has been upgraded and now produces 147PS, up 10 on the outgoing model. The single trim level means the car is now loaded with kit, leaving very few options to tick. In fact, the only obvious options are a £1000 for an auto gearbox and £375 for metallic paint.

Kia maintains the Magentis has not only been facelifted and simplified but also had its suspension Europeanised.

While the ride is incredibly comfortable for long motorway journeys, the Magentis doesn't cope well with twistier roads offering the driver no feedback as to how the car will behave, and has a high level of body roll.

As with much of the Kia range the list price is aggressive at a touch over £17,000, however with a predicted residual value of 25%, according to KwikCarCost, the cost per mile figure of 45.2 pence is only average for the sector - which also sums up the Kia Magnetis.

Kia Magentis 2.0 CRDi TR 4dr manual
P11D price£17,095
Model price range£17,095-£18,095
Fuel consumption47.1mpg
CO2 (tax) 158g/km (22%)
BIK 20/40% per month£63/£125
Service interval12,500mls
Insurancegroup 13
Warranty3yrs/unltd mls
Boot space425 litres
Engine size/power1991cc/147PS
Top speed/0-62mph125mph/10.4secs
On sale now
VerdictLow start price
mitigates low
RV percentage


Low start price mitigates low RV percentage