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.
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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
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:
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…
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