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2 out of 5 2.0
Parkers overall rating: 2 out of 5 2.0
Kia Magentis (01-05) - rated 2 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £9,835 - £15,848
Used price £280 - £1,740
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
View pre-2017 economy specs
Road tax cost £340
Insurance group 23 - 29 How much is it to insure?


Comfort, space, value


Lack of image, noisy motorway ride

Kia Magentis rivals

3 out of 5 3.0

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If you've never heard of the Magentis, then it's unlikely you knew about it's predecessor, the Clarus: executive cars with lowly brand values tend to be overlooked and forgotten. Worse still, they shed value long before the new car smell has worn off. However, this Mondeo-sized saloon - which shares components with Hyundai’s Sonata - is extremely well-equipped for the money, spacious and beats many rivals on rear accommodation .

It has a refined and smooth V6 engine and quality is generally better than the old Clarus, but the primary selling point is the exceptional value for money this car represents.

Kia Magentis rivals

3 out of 5 3.0