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 rear access isn’t great.
The Carens blends an appealing and practical interior with a comfortable ride. If Kia gets the pricing right, it will be one of the better mid-size MPVs.
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So far we’ve only tried the more powerful of the two diesel engines, and this offers all the performance you need. The lower-powered diesel may also be worth considering, but we wouldn’t bother with the petrol.
Once you’ve chosen your preferred engine, it should be easy to spec your Carens because Kia usually offers few optional extras. Exact specs are still to be confirmed, but we’d expect every model to get 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.