Kia Magentis 2.0 Review
What lies beneath...

Story by Raymond Lai, pictures by Azfar Hashim
26 May 2009

The Magentis gets a new set of clothes, but does it have the substance of its Cerato Forte baby brother?

Kia Magentis

The Magentis has been one of Kia's forgotten and underachieving models since it was launched about three years ago. The Korean brand's large saloon somehow didn't perform as well as the smaller models, even though it was a generously sized saloon that is well-equipped and offers true value for money motoring for the family man.

Thanks to a recent facelift, the Magentis has been given a second stab at the competitive large saloon market. Obviously, Kia is hoping that the recent overwhelming success of the Cerato Forte will spur the Magentis' fortunes as well.


Unlike the Cerato Forte - which is an all-new car compared to the model it replaces - the Magentis is anything but the old model with new, smarter looking clothes. In terms of styling, the new saloon has been grafted on with the same cues as those on the highly popular Cerato Forte as well as the upcoming Sorento large SUV.

Like the Cerato Forte, the Magentis' nose features a more prominent chrome radiator grille flanked by upswept and sleek headlamps. At the rear, there's a new boot lid with tail lamps that once again mimic those on the Forte.

Despite the new nose and tail treatments, new wing mirrors with integrated side repeaters as well as the new front fenders, the Magentis is most obviously a facelifted model rather than an all new one thanks to a side profile that is very similar to the old model's.

Well, at least it looks rather different from the hordes of last generation Magentis taxis plying our roads when viewed from the front.


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Engine Capacity 1998cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Bore x Stroke (85.0 x 88.0)mm
Power 164bhp @ 6200rpm
Torque 197Nm @ 4600rpm
Power to Weight 110.4 bhp per ton


Acceleration 9.1s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 201 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 8.5 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 4 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4800 x 1805 x 1480) mm
Wheelbase 2720 mm
Turning Circle 5.2 metres
Kerb Weight 1485 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 62 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs