2007 Magentis improved in every area
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Since Hyundai took ownership of Kia, one of the challenges for the merged company has been to differentiate the models that share common under-the-skin hardware.
In the case of the Magentis and Hyundai’s Sonata, the distinction is fairly subtle. Although the 2007 Magentis has its own Kia face, the basic proportions of the mid-size body are clearly derived from the Sonata platform
The second-generation Magentis is available in LX, LX Premium, LX-V6 and LX-V6 Luxury trim. The LX is priced at $21,895, the LX Premium stickers for $24,895, the LX-V6 is $23,995 and the loaded LX-V6 Luxury is $27,795.
The Magentis’s larger external dimensions translate into a spacious interior. With 2,950 litres of interior volume, it has one of the roomiest cabins in its segment and the trunk has grown by 10 per cent, now offering 420 litres of cargo room or enough space, Kia says, for four golf bags.
The cabin controls are nicely laid out, with pleasant cool blue illumination on the instruments. Knobs and buttons are easy to access and operate, while the seats are supportive and comfortable. Standard equipment on all models includes steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, heated front seats with five-level temperature control, power windows with auto up/down on the driver’s side, power locks with remote entry, power and heated side mirrors and a stereo/CD player with six speakers.
Under the hood are two available engines: The same 2.4-litre, 4-cylinder used in the Sonata and a modified version of the 2.7-litre V6 found in the previous-generation Magentis. Power is sent to the road through a standard 5-speed manual on 4-cylinder models and a 5-speed “Steptronic” transmission on V6 sedans. The automatic is a $1,000 option for base models.
The all-new aluminum 2.4-litre powerplant delivers 161 hp — a 15 per cent increase in power over the previous-generation engine. It does an impressive job motivating the Magentis and it readily lays down power for accelerating and passing. Smooth and quiet, the sedan hums effortlessly along the highway.
The manual transmission gets the most from the engine, though the strong clutch takes some getting used to, with jerky starts fairly common until familiarity sets in. The automatic with shift-it-yourself mode works well, with swift, silky shifts and well-calibrated gearing.
Fuel economy is a benefit of the smaller engine. Kia says manual models get 9.6 L/100 km in the city and 6.3 L/100 km on the highway.
A redesigned suspension provides a comfortable ride, improved handling and a driving experience that’s more akin to a European car.
Safety is thoroughly covered with six airbags, including full-length side bags, active front headrests, a tire pressure monitoring system and 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS.
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