Engines, gearboxes, suspension, steering and brakes

One engine, two transmissions, completely revised all-independent suspension and steering delivering more dynamic handling and a comfortable ride and the latest electronic driver aids to minimise the risk of accidents make the Magentis right at home with its European competitors.

That is particularly emphasised by Kia's new, modern and efficient 147 bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine. With sales to business 'user-choosers' so important in the D-segment and diesels by far the preferred choice because they reduce the amount of benefit-in-kind tax paid by owners, the Kia Magentis CRDi is proving to be hugely popular for its low running costs, refinement and performance.

It is available with either a six-speed manual or a four-speed automatic gearbox, which offers the option of fully-automated shifts or sequential manual control.

Extensive weight-saving measures, with 60 per cent of the body (weight) formed from strong but comparatively light high-tensile steel, aid performance, economy and emissions. Weight-saving has been enhanced by the compact and lightweight front and rear suspension systems, which have the additional benefit of improving the new Magentis' dynamic behaviour.

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