2002 Kia Magentis Reviews

2002 Kia Magentis LX 2.7 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.7 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 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)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired12 kilometres
Most recent distance24400 kilometres
Previous carOldsmobile Delta 88

Summary:

A real bargain

Faults:

Check engine light came on as a result of a loose connection.

General Comments:

Car handles beautifully, has good acceleration and is very comfortable. Very well appointed.

I would have liked to have heated rearview mirrors but this has been addressed on later models.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd July, 2004

2002 Kia Magentis SE 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance11000 miles
Previous carFord Mondeo

Summary:

A real car that's a proper car shape with excellent performance and room for five

General Comments:

I have owned my KIA MAGENTIS (A.K.A KIA OPTIMA) since new in September 2002. It is without doubt the best car I have ever owned. It is certainly very fast and also quite economical for its engine size - average mpg around town is 23/25 mpg, which is excellent for a 2.5 V6

I opted for the gray leather trim - looks and feels great, and adds to the overall comfort and general feel good factor of owning a car, which looks a lot more expensive than it actually is.

Also, in England it is a very rare car, so everywhere I go people ask "that's a nice car, what make is it" and they often do not believe me when I tell them how much it cost.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th September, 2003

14th Apr 2004, 17:56

I agree. It's a brilliant car for the money. High rent for low money. These 2.5 Litre V6 engines are sweet. Same as used in the Coupes. If Kia (under Hyundai ownership) can make a car like this, then why is the Sonata on which the Magentis is based on, an inferior cousin? I've owned 2 Sonatas, and both have suffered paint, trim, and electrical problems. Yet the Magentis is better built. Has superior paint and trim finish, and is esthetically more pleasing to the eye. Seems I made the wrong choice. Next time it will be a Magentis.

Average review marks: 8.9 / 10, based on 2 reviews