Near luxury for a fraction of the price
Defective driver's seat heater when initially purchased. Dealer replaced under warranty, but took more than 6 months to obtain the part.
Premature wear of brake pads (approx 30K KMs) and scoring of front rotors. Replacement not covered under warranty. Kia parts much more expensive than generic replacements.
Let's begin with a little perspective...
Kia's target audience for this car is the mid-sized sedan shopper. And for thousands less than its direct competition, (Accord, Camry, Altima or Mazda6, etc.) the Kia Magentis appeals to buyers' wallets. Indeed, most reviews I've read about the Magentis make reference to it as a value vehicle, a car to be considered by the bargain hunters and to be overlooked by more affluent buyers.
How ironic then that the most favourable looks and comments on my Magentis have come from owners of luxury cars like Lexus, BMW and Mercedes! Dressed in dark green with abundant chrome trim and butterscotch leather interior, my EX-V6 seems to catch the attention of drivers who spent tens of thousands of dollars MORE for their cars than I did. There is a subtlety about the Magentis' styling that is lacking in its immediate competition.
This is no sporty-looking vehicle; it has the sophisticated lines of a classic European sedan (Jaguar leaps to mind) and a well-appointed cabin to match. Comfort and functionality replace trendy and flashy in the Magentis. The heated front seats are a welcome luxury and the controls are simple, elegant and convenient. This cabin is anything but commonplace.
Looks alone can be deceiving. The 2.7L V6, while not a powerhouse, is responsive, quiet and confident. Handling is that of a small sedan: tending toward comfortable and controlled, rather than harsh or aggressive. More interactive drivers will enjoy the Steptronic shifter, but the 4 speed transmission is both smooth and dependable when set to automatic. While this is no sports car, the Magentis is nimble in curves and corners and very happy on the highway.
This is an above-average auto at any price; factor in the reasonable price, the exceptional warranty, and the appreciative nods from passengers and it's much more than I'd "bargained" for.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th November, 2007