KIA probably wouldn't thank me for comparing their car to singer Shane MacGowan.
It is bizarre, but the big black and silver front grille reminded of the Pogues frontman's dental work - or lack of it.
For those who are unfamiliar with the unlovely Shane, his blackened stumps and gaps are almost as famous as his songs and wild living.
But if the Magentis proves as popular as the Pogues then Kia will be happy enough.
Kia is the oldest car manufacturer in Korea, founded in 1944. It has certainly learnt a thing or two in that time, and value for money is one of their key areas.
One thing is for certain, whether you like the look or not, the Magentis is a whole lot of car for the money.
A big 2.5 litre V6 saloon with a high level of kit, including all the electrics, leather seats, airbags and air con would normally set you back around 20 grand, but this Kia comes in at just under £16,000.
Better still, if you go for the new base two-litre model you will be parting with just £11,995.
The price does not mean that quality is sacrificed. It may not be cutting edge, but it is a well put together car, and if you can stand the depreciation, a good alternative to the German class leaders.
Apart from the grille that I felt was gawping at me all the time, I was otherwise impressed with the looks.
I particularly liked the front light set up, which was slightly reminiscent of a Mercedes.
Given that Kia aim to sell the majority of Magentis models in the USA, its American look, including big rear bumper, or should that be fender, a riot of chrome trim, plenty of interior space and a big front, is hardly a surprise.
The interior is very comfortable and luxuriously appointed, with plenty of legroom, leather seats, and a leather/wooden trim.
The dash and control binnacle is simple but of decent quality, and the interior is mercifully free from squeaks and rattles.
One of the best features of the car is the smooth and silent ride. Engine and road noise is virtually absent except when gunning the V6, which responds with power and a sweet-sounding growl, otherwise you would hear more noise in a monastery.
Kia claim that noise suppression was a consideration in the design stage and added composite pads in the engine compartment to try and keep the noise away from the passengers.
Handling, however, is only adequate, and over-enthusiastic cornering can result in it wallowing like a hippo in a mud bath.
Performance is good if not exceptional. The 166bhp engine is mated with a four-speed H-matic automatic transmission which can also be used in manual mode for greater control.
Acceleration from 0-60mph takes just 8.8 seconds with a top speed of around 130mph. Fuel consumption is fairly good for such a big car with an auto box, returning an average of around 27 mpg.
Standard features, even on the basic LX entry model are comprehenisve, with alloys, ABS/EBD, air conditioning, airbags, fog lights, electrics and CD player.
The top of the range has the standard auto gearbox, leather upholstery, traction control and cruise control.
At 15,995 Kia say the Magentis is the best priced V6 saloon on the UK market. A luxury, affordable family car or an executive car of the future - it could be both.
Kia Magentis 2.5 SE Sports
Mechanical: 166bhp, 2,493cc V6 petrol engine driving front wheels via 4spd automatic transmission
Max speed: 130mph
0-62mph: 8.8 secs
Combined mpg: 27.4
Insurance group: 16
CO2 emissions: 244g/km
BiK rating: 28%
Warranty: 3yrs/ unlimited miles; 6yrs anti-rust