Kia Magentis Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

2007 Kia Magentis EX-L 2.7 V6

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.7 V6 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance9400 kilometres
Previous carNissan Skyline

Summary:

Most underrated car on the road

Faults:

Nothing yet.

General Comments:

This car is a serious bargain. It is faultless against competition excpet for being slightly under powered. The specifications, quality and price are out of this world and really couldn't fault it so far. The Koreans have made huge advances quietly in the background and it is worth a serious look for any Honda Accord buyer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd June, 2008

2006 Kia Magentis EX L 2.7 V6

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.7 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 kilometres
Most recent distance15200 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 940

Summary:

Unbeatable value

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

The best kept secret on the Australian market.

The Magentis (Optima in North America) is incredible value for a fully featured, well-built, safe, quiet and comfortable car.

Some of the the safety features, such as ESP/ESC, are not even available as an option on most of its big brand competition.

I keep finding intelligent features that make me think someone really wanted to make life easier, safer and better for the driver and passengers. Examples are the safety release inside the boot, and the sunglasses holder above the rear-view mirror.

The car can be extremely quiet, with lowest level of road noise on many surfaces that I have experienced since the famously quiet Peugeot 404. It's running on the standard Hangkook XQ Optimo tyres on 17" alloys.

Ride is average to good, as is handling. However, the ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and Traction Control is very reassuring.

Fuel is amazing, especially on trips. It betters my 4-cyl Volvo. I run it on 98 octane, but it will run happily on 91 octane.

Latest fuel check, over 435kms of 75% highway driving at 110kph and 25% suburban driving, was 7.39 litres/100kms (38.23 Imperial MPG).

The car runs on BP Ultimate 98 octane and has had Nulon Teflon oil additive since 12,000kms.

I thought the auto headlights were a gimmick, but they are really useful in practice.

The 15000km service was $288 including synthetic oil, much cheaper than my wife's Honda.

Interior space is incredibly good as is boot space.

Seats are leather and firmly supportive. The electric driver's seat is a great feature.

Bodywork is high tensile steel and the car feels very tight. Paintwork is excellent and the whole car feels as if it is a quality product.

All in all a totally honest car and one that I feel has given me unbeatable value for money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st January, 2008

14th Oct 2008, 11:00

Hey man.. the car handles well.

But please change your tyre to another brand.

Don't use Hankook Optimo, they won't handle good on wet or even dry surfaces.

Got my korean car imported with that tyre. You better change to Michelin or Pirelli.

Trust me man. Your world will change with those tyres.

Best of luck!!

2006 Kia Magentis EX-L 2.4 litre

Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.4 litre Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired5800 kilometres
Most recent distance6100 kilometres
Previous carHyundai Elantra

Summary:

Great car; a pleasure to drive

Faults:

Nothing yet; have only had it two weeks. It was a demo model.

General Comments:

This car is amazing for the price; it feels solid from the moment you open the door and drives like a european car, which costs at least ten thousand dollars more.

It has all the safety equipment of more expensive cars, and ESP as well. The low profile alloy wheels look great and perform well. If the reliability proves to be as good as the rest of the car, I think Kia has a winner; only time will tell.

Best Kia ever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th August, 2007

Average review marks: 8.9 / 10, based on 3 reviews