Kia Carens review

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Kia Carens
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8 May 2017 07:52 | Last updated: 22 Aug 2018 15:51

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With more and more families turning to seven-seat SUVs to fulfil their space and practicality needs, MPVs such as the Kia Carens are having a hard time of it. That’s not to say there isn’t a healthy class of these capacious cars still trying to win buyers over; the Renault Grand Scenic, Vauxhall Zafira Tourer and Volkswagen Touran are all ready to give the Carens a run for its money.

To tempt families away from these rivals, Kia offers plenty of choice. The Carens can be fitted with either a 1.6-litre petrol engine, or two versions of a 1.7-litre diesel, while there are four different trim levels to choose between. All Carens have seven individual seats, though, the rearmost of which fold flat into its boot floor when more boot space is required.

So, if you’ve decided you don’t need the high driving position of an SUV, does the Kia Carens deserve to be at the top of your MPV shopping list? Read on to find out.

 

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There are 4 trims available for the Carens MPV. Click to see details.See all versions
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Entry-level 1 models come with 15in alloy wheels, air-conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth and a USB socket. Good, but we’d spend a little more on the 2 model...View trim
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2 trim gets you climate control, automatic lights and wipers and the smaller of the two colour touchscreen infotainment systems. It’s the one we’d go for...View trim
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3 cars add a reversing camera, heated leather seats to 2 trim, but we’d don’t think it’s worth the price hike...View trim
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At the top of the range sits 4, which adds a larger touchscreen and a panoramic sunroof. It looks pricey next to rivals though, so we’d avoid it...View trim
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