The Price Is Right

Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England), March 26, 2004 | Go to article overview

The Price Is Right


Byline: By Peter Keenan

Fancy a Mondeo-sized saloon for a shade over 10 grand? Then look no further than the Kia Magentis.

The Korean company has specialised in giving value for money and this two-litre offering is no exception.

OK, the styling is about as classy as a hip-hop band, but the engine sounds much sweeter.

Turn the ignition and this power unit's quieter than Harpo Marx in a monastery, especially when cruising around town.

But demand something extra and the engine responds with a note Pavarotti would be proud of. The 11.5 second figure for 0-62mph does the Magentis no favours as it feels much quicker.

On the motorway, the car comes into its own, giving a smooth comfortable ride on roads that are anything but.

Sometimes on Kia cars you find the gear changes are about as slick as a brick. But the Magentis clicked through the gears with aplomb. However, exhaust emissions are high for this sector of the market giving a 24% tax rating for company car drivers.

Following changes to the range at the start of 2004, Kia has decided to drop the 2.5 V6 SE H-matic version of the Magentis leaving the two-litre LE and LX to carry the fight to the competition. …

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