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For The Kia Carens is a family-friendly seven-seater with a supple ride and a smart interior.

Against Like many MPVs, it’s pretty ordinary to drive, and access to the rear seats isn’t great.

Kia Carens MPV
44 5stars

The Kia Carens blends an appealing and practical interior with a comfortable ride. It might not be sizzling to drive, but it’s competitively priced and well equipped, and is definitely one of the better mid-size MPVs.

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There are 7 Kia Carens versions available

MPV 1.6 GDi 1 ISG 5dr £17,895
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6 GDi 2 ISG 5dr £19,195
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 1.7 CRDi 114 1 ISG 5dr £19,295
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
MPV 1.7 CRDi 114 2 ISG 5dr £20,595
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
MPV 1.7 CRDi 134 2 Auto 5dr £21,995
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 1.7 CRDi 134 3 ISG 5dr £23,895
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 1.7 CRDi 3 Sat Nav ISG 5dr £23,895
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

Although the petrol-engined Carens is a smooth performer, it feels slow at times and isn’t nearly as economical as the two diesel options. This means the diesels are far better bets. The higher-powered 134bhp diesel engine offers more than enough power, even if you regularly carry seven people, while the 114bhp version has enough for most circumstances, and is also more economical – it’s our pick.

Once you’ve chosen your preferred engine, it should be easy to spec your Carens because Kia offers few optional extras. Even the entry-level 1 trim is handsomely equipped, though, with air-conditioning, an iPod-compatible stereo, Bluetooth connectivity and six airbags.

Like other Kias, the Carens comes with a seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty. This is fully transferable to any subsequent owner of the vehicle.

Reader test team says:

Kia Carens MPV 1.7 CRDi 134 3 ISG 5dr

We got this car new at the end of September 2013. From the start it didn't run or pull evenly at various rev between 1000 and 2000 rpm. We accepted…

Mark Cam

1 out of 5 stars

Kia Carens MPV 1.6 GDi 1 ISG 5dr

I have the new Three spec which is so loaded with toys it's ridiculous. First, the engine (Diesel 135bhp - amazing torque) is very strong for its size…

Ian Bland

5 out of 5 stars
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