Roomy cabin, comfortable ride, easy to drive, good diesel choice
Bland looks, interior lacks sophistication, vague steering
Kia may have a strong reputation for making good value small hatchbacks and people carriers, but not many people consider the Korean make when it comes to larger saloons. The Magentis is just that - a four door car that's similar in size to the Volkswagen Passat, but unfortunately that's where the similarities end. The dull styling and cheap-looking cabin do it few favours, while a cramped driving position and flimsy handling make it far from enjoyable to drive.
It does come well equipped and there's plenty of rear leg room. It was facelifted in 2009 with a sharper look and improved handling, but it still fails to impress. The Ceed hatchback may be smaller, but it's a far superior Kia.