2002 Kia Magentis LX 2.7 V6 from North America


A real bargain


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


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.