2005 Kia Magentis Reviews

2005 Kia Magentis LE 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired19000 miles
Most recent distance26000 miles
Previous carSkoda Fabia

Summary:

Nice car to drive, good buy second hand

Faults:

Drivers electric window switch faulty, won't drop automatically with a single touch.

Leaking rainwater getting in to the spare wheel well.

General Comments:

This car is very comfortable on main roads, motorway or city driving. However it handles badly on bendy roads, makes for slower progress.

For drivers 6 foot or more, the absence of rake adjustment of the steering column leads to a compromised driving position.

Boot space is long but very shallow.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd September, 2008

2005 Kia Magentis 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.5 / 10
Distance when acquired7000 miles
Most recent distance8000 miles
Previous carFord Focus

Summary:

Outdated and outclassed by almost everything

General Comments:

This car is horrible.. Driving it is like sitting in an old leaky boat on a rough sea. The suspension is far too soft.

The gearbox appears to work on the principle of random selection.

The air con is very aptly named, as it seems to be incapable of cooling the entire cabin, on even a cold day.

The radio looks like it was stolen from someone else. The aerial isn't even automatic and the central locking isn't even remote.

All the window switches seem to be the wrong way around, and have been positioned by a blind man who doesn't drive.

The petrol consumption is poor, and matches the performance.

This is a truly dreadful car, and should be avoided like the plague. Save your money!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th June, 2007

14th Nov 2007, 11:15

Regarding the lack of respect for Kia vehicles and their drivers:

I am always amazed at how easy it is for some people to turn their own opinions into generalizations...

As a satisfied Kia owner for the past 4 years, I have a slightly biased opinion <grin!> but I must admit that almost all of the comments I've received from passengers and other drivers have been very positive.

People are genuinely curious about how much I like my Magentis. I love it. Ironic too, that my previous experience was with a Ford product that spent the majority of its time in the shop and eventually died a painful and expensive death.

Everyone's experiences are different, but I will forever avoid Ford cars in the future and defend my beloved Kia's virtue! Sorry to hear about your bad experiences.

2005 Kia Magentis LE 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance2300 miles
Previous carCitroen Xantia

Summary:

Nice to look at not good petrol wise

General Comments:

Purchased car especially to tow a caravan. Find that it does not know what gear it wants to be in. Very slow to get to optimum revs. Towing a caravan is not possible as it will only do 9.9 miles to a gallon. Driving in town gives about 20 on a good day. Please has anyone any more information on the cars performance when towing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th November, 2005

11th Apr 2006, 07:04

Well for one thing, A car or any car is not meant to be towing a vehicle that is bigger and heavy then the one towing. If you would to tow, you should buy a truck.

24th Apr 2006, 23:57

Yeah, the Magentis may be able to tow a certain amount of weight, or so it says, but remember, it's a car and it's not geared to tow things all the time. My dad made the same mistake with his Mitsubishi Galant and wanted to tow his boat with it. When he drove 72 miles and emptied the gas tank, I laughed.

And as for the 20 MPG, that is average for the Magentis.

16th May 2006, 08:52

A few weeks ago, I bought a Magentis LE auto from the BCC Group - a company I would strongly recommend to anyone for a great deal.

Anyway, I am over the moon about the car; it has like most cars got its limitations, but for the sheer luxury of the vehicle, I cannot praise it high enough.

As a car priced so competitively, I don't see many that come anywhere close by comparison.

Kia has improved nearly every aspect of their range, and the Magentis has benefited from them all. Yes, the Magentis uses a bit more petrol, but it's a small price to pay if you like the luxury of executive driving.

For sensible drivers - ignore the comments about lurching at speed into corners; speed kills, this is a real driver's car, not a racing car.

Top marks Kia for making the Magentis the great vehicle that it is.

Average review marks: 5.7 / 10, based on 3 reviews