Kia Magentis

The New Magentis is Kia’s flagship saloon and enhances Kia’s reputation for launching well-engineered cars at affordable prices. A 2.0-litre Magentis is being offered for the first time in the UK alongside the widely acclaimed 2.5-litre V6.

Around 175,000 Magentis saloons have been sold worldwide since the car was launched. Always a consummate cruiser with a smooth ride, the New Magentis has achieved a 4dB interior noise reduction at 60mph making it one of the most refined cars in its class and ahead of some premium-badged competitors.

The new 134bhp 2.0-litre engine offers the performance and economy of a four-cylinder engine with the hush that few others can match. The top-of-the-range SE retains the silky smooth and highly acclaimed all-aluminum 2.5-litre DOHC 166bhp V6.

The 2.0-litre engine provides power to the front wheels via either a five-speed manual transmission or a Sports H-Matic automatic transmission allowing gears to be shifted manually without the use of a clutch. The driver can choose to tap in quick shifts to provide greater composure and more accurate speed adjustments, especially when driving on demanding hilly or twisty country roads. The V6 is now only available with the Sports H-Matic transmission.

The front of the New Magentis is more dramatically styled set against the sleek and stylish profile of the car. The revised front end includes a new vertical chrome radiator grille, deeper front bonnet lines that swoop down from the "A" pillars and dual headlamps. The front bumper includes a wide air dam with built-in fog lamps. Selective use of chrome is now all the rage and not just an American obsession, witness the latest offerings from Germany, so the use of chrome for the grill, front fog light surrounds, window surrounds, door handles and waistline rubbing strip lends the car a modern and contemporary appearance with more than a hint of luxury. The look is set-off by new eight spoke 15-inch alloy wheels.

The car has a 2.7m wheelbase and 1.54m track, which combine to give the car secure straight-line stability and impressive ride quality. At 4.72m the Magentis shares very similar dimensions to the Ford Mondeo. Inside space is therefore generous with an impressive maximum front legroom of 1100mm and maximum rear legroom of 920mm with 990mm of headroom in the front and 955mm headroom in the rear. The boot is a generous 386 litres.

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Published : 22/01/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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