Kia Magentis 2.0 EX CRDi 2007 Review

Kia Magentis 2.0 EX CRDi 2007 Review

Kia Magentis EX CRDi 2007 fq

The Kia Magentis 2.0 EX CRDi (to give its full designation) is in trouble, BIG trouble. You see it’s managed to upset quite a few people by declaring war. War with the other Magentis models, war with other manufacturers and oh yes, war with itself.

It clearly has ideas above its station, as it’s the range topper at $39,950, a place normally reserved for a V6 model. It has the least power (blink and you’ll miss it: 103Kw) compared to both its brothers in arms, but has the cheek to produce the most torque at 305Nm from a lowly 1800rpm.

The competitors would have felt ambushed too, as Kia continue to make up ground by engaging them on quality, equipment and price.

This latest Magentis range is built on an entirely new platform from the previous model, with this EX packing the latest Common Rail Diesel Injection (CRDi) engine with a Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT), returning a healthy combined consumption of 7.3L/100km.

Further raining on their parade it sports a dazzling array of features at this level. For example, auto-sensing wipers, auto-sensing lights, park assist, electro-chromatic rear view mirror, wiper blade defrosting, electric driver’s seat, front/side/curtain airbags, impact-sensing door locks, cruise control, Electronic Stability Control and so on.

Exterior design is contemporary in some areas, mostly at the front, but it skirmishes with the very plain door lines and side window aspects. Internally too you will find some conflict, and may be caught off guard by the presence of a cassette player as well as the toweling type cloth upholstery, which look like aftermarket seat covers from Repco.

Exterior design is contemporary in some areas, mostly the front, but it skirmishes with the plain side and window aspects. Internally it is comfortable and spacious, with not too much silver or aluminium effect trim. It scores well on the usability stakes for the controls and the instrument cluster is a nice modern touch.

You may, however, be a bit caught off guard by the presence of a cassette player as well as the toweling type cloth upholstery, which look like aftermarket seat covers from Repco.

Easy to drive with light and nicely weighted steering, the front wheel drive chassis is capable on most roads. The brakes have lots of feel and are progressive. Performance wise it is quick off the mark initially with all that torque, but then settles back into retirement a little too quickly taking 11.7 secs for the 0-100 km/h stroll, and will apparently go on to hit 199 km/h. CO2 emissions are 191g/km which will help the daisies.

In summary, it represents good value for money, particularly to the older generations. I suspect the Magentis will continue to wage war on its competitors, and if it can evolve itself a little further it will end up a well rounded weapon of choice. Keep going Kia!

Price: from $39,950

Looking for a Kia Magentis in New Zealand? Check this site out (opens in a new window)

What we like:

  • Value for money
  • Equipment levels
  • Controls — usability
  • Safety
  • Economy

What we dislike:

  • Aftermarket look upholstery
  • Basic levels of support in seating
  • Auto sports shift can be tricky
  • Depreciation

Words Phil Clark, photos Darren Cottingham

Kia Magentis EX CRDi 2007 fq

The Kia Magentis 2.0 EX CRDi (to give its full designation) is in trouble, BIG trouble. You see it’s managed to upset quite a few people by declaring war. War with the other Magentis models, war with other manufacturers and oh yes, war with itself.

It clearly has ideas above its station, as it’s the range topper at $39,950, a place normally reserved for a V6 model. It has the least power (blink and you’ll miss it: 103Kw) compared to both its brothers in arms, but has the cheek to produce the most torque at 305Nm from a lowly 1800rpm.

The competitors would have felt ambushed too, as Kia continue to make up ground by engaging them on quality, equipment and price.

This latest Magentis range is built on an entirely new platform from the previous model, with this EX packing the latest Common Rail Diesel Injection (CRDi) engine with a Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT), returning a healthy combined consumption of 7.3L/100km.

Further raining on their parade it sports a dazzling array of features at this level. For example, auto-sensing wipers, auto-sensing lights, park assist, electro-chromatic rear view mirror, wiper blade defrosting, electric driver’s seat, front/side/curtain airbags, impact-sensing door locks, cruise control, Electronic Stability Control and so on.

Exterior design is contemporary in some areas, mostly at the front, but it skirmishes with the very plain door lines and side window aspects. Internally too you will find some conflict, and may be caught off guard by the presence of a cassette player as well as the toweling type cloth upholstery, which look like aftermarket seat covers from Repco.

Exterior design is contemporary in some areas, mostly the front, but it skirmishes with the plain side and window aspects. Internally it is comfortable and spacious, with not too much silver or aluminium effect trim. It scores well on the usability stakes for the controls and the instrument cluster is a nice modern touch.

You may, however, be a bit caught off guard by the presence of a cassette player as well as the toweling type cloth upholstery, which look like aftermarket seat covers from Repco.

Easy to drive with light and nicely weighted steering, the front wheel drive chassis is capable on most roads. The brakes have lots of feel and are progressive. Performance wise it is quick off the mark initially with all that torque, but then settles back into retirement a little too quickly taking 11.7 secs for the 0-100 km/h stroll, and will apparently go on to hit 199 km/h. CO2 emissions are 191g/km which will help the daisies.

In summary, it represents good value for money, particularly to the older generations. I suspect the Magentis will continue to wage war on its competitors, and if it can evolve itself a little further it will end up a well rounded weapon of choice. Keep going Kia!

Price: from $39,950

Looking for a Kia Magentis in New Zealand? Check this site out (opens in a new window)

What we like:

  • Value for money
  • Equipment levels
  • Controls — usability
  • Safety
  • Economy

What we dislike:

  • Aftermarket look upholstery
  • Basic levels of support in seating
  • Auto sports shift can be tricky
  • Depreciation

Words Phil Clark, photos Darren Cottingham

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