What is it?
This is the newly facelifted Kia Magentis 2.0 CRDi TR. Kia has called in the slow-selling Magentis for a substantial visual makeover and some mechanical revisions. The range has been simplified too with the dropping of petrol engines.
Now buyers are only able to choose the 2.0-litre CRDi diesel engine, with full-on ‘TR’ trim. That brings climate control, part leather upholstery, a power-operated driver’s seat and an iPod dock.
What’s it like?
The revised styling works reasonably well. The previous Kia Magentis suffered from a bug-eyed headlamp treatment that didn’t work at all well on a car this size – now there’s a far more conventional front end that bears a strong resemblance to the previous-generation Honda Accord. The rear lights have been tidied up as well.
The Kia Magentis’s cabin looks and feels old fashioned, but it offers plenty of space for four adults and standard equipment levels are generous.
The new iPod connectivity works well, with playlists accessed directly via the stereo controls.
The 2.0-litre CRDi diesel engine has been revised to produce slightly more power than before, a respectable 147bhp.