2004 Kia Magentis LX 4 cylinder from North America


Great car especially if you get a good used one!!


Nothing has gone wrong with this car at this point in time.

General Comments:

I looked at Honda Civics and Toyota Corollas and would have had to settle for the base model because of the price. I drove this car and instantly knew that this would be a good bargain and to this day I'm very very happy with the Magentis. It is nicer than my 2000 Hyundai Elantra in comfort and performance and I would definitely buy another Kia.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th January, 2006

2004 Kia Magentis SE 2.5 from UK and Ireland


Very good value for money


Trim came off near gear shift, but dealer put this right within one minute.

General Comments:

The car is incredible value for money, excellent spec. good performance and mpg. The ride is also very comfortable. I first purchased a Magentis LX in Sept. 2002 and I was so pleased with it a gave this one to my partner in December 2004 and bought myself another one (SX) with a higher spec. The SX could do with having heated front seats as leather can be very cold on a winters morning. Neither cars have never let me down and the local dealer in Northampton is first class.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th March, 2005

3rd Nov 2005, 04:33

A brilliant car I must add.

Though it doesn't seem to be the way in the united states with it.

2004 Kia Magentis EX-V6 V6, Gasoline from North America


Great car, but poor dealer support.


A few minor intermittent rattles (6-7 trips to the dealer).

A rear speaker blew (2 trips to the dealer).

The batteries in each of my key-fobs have failed once (warrantied quickly for free, one of the few things that dealership has actually managed to fix).

Dents easily; take care when closing trunk or 'bumping' doors shut.

Sometimes cranks longer than other when fuel level very low; dealer acknowledges the problem and has replaced a component, but can't figure out the problem (4 trips to the dealer).

Air bubbles in brake line caused strange ABS operation (3 trips to the dealer).

Once going up a hill for a split second the car lost all electrical power, then recovered smoothly (not taken to dealer since they are unable to diagnose intermittent problems).

General Comments:

This car is quick, stylish, smooth, quiet, and it handles well (if a little on the soft side).

I very much like the car, I think it's an excellent piece of machinery; there have been no notable problems in the 30,000 km that I've run this vehicle (50% city, 50% highway). It starts every time, it runs smoothly every time, is comfortable every time... It receives nothing, but praise from friends and co-workers who (prior to being given a ride) berated me for buying a Kia.

For my trips to the dealer (listed above), each trip to the dealer has included multiple issues for them to check out. I've been to the dealer a total of eight times in one-and-a-half years. The dealer who sold me the car tried to rip me off on a brake-job that the car did not need (they claimed that, at 12,000 km I had only 40% remaining on my brakes and that I would need a brake-job at 18,000 km; I confirmed that my brakes were OK at an independent mechanic; I have 80% of my pads remaining as of my most recent service), and proved incompetent at repairing any problems. Since then I've been using a different dealer, who has proven incompetent at repairing problems, but at least hasn't tried to scam me. I'm extremely displeased with my dealership experiences; it's the only part of my Kia ownership experience that holds me back from strongly recommending Kia vehicles to all my friends/family.

Yes, I would buy another Kia Magentis, but I wish the dealerships were better.

Some notes:

-The leather seats look and feel nice and are holding up quite well.

-The heated seats heat up slower than I would like.

-I wish the CD player had a "random" mode.

-I wish there was a little more headroom in the cabin.

-Friends still tell me my car smells new.

-One co-worker commented that a Mercedes would have better fit-and-finish in the cabin (I commented that it was far far far cheaper than a Mercedes, and not a "luxury" car).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd February, 2005