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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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Interior layout

The interior layout, fit and finish

The Carens’ interior is constructed from plastics you’ll find across the Kia range, which is to say it rivals a Renault Grand Scenic and Vauxhall Zafira Tourer for quality, but MPVs such as the VW Touran are a step above.

The driver gets a manually adjusting seat as standard, as well as height and reach adjustment for the steering wheel. On 3 and 4 trim cars, 10-way electric leather seats become standard, and introduce lumbar adjustment for the driver, too. Whichever type of adjustment you have, there’s a wide range of it and most sizes of driver will be able to find their preferred position.

Visibility forwards is very good, because the Carens' front pillars are slim and the car’s relatively raised driving position helps you see over and thus judge the edge of the bonnet easily. The view backwards, as in most MPVs, is obstructed by various pillars, but happily rear parking sensors and a rear view camera are standard from 2 trim and up. Range-topping 4 trim gets front parking sensors too, as well as a system that will park the car for you.

Entry-level 2 cars get a simple monochrome-screen infotainment system with a radio, CD player, USB socket and Bluetooth. 2 and 3 trim models then get a 7.0in colour touchscreen that adds DAB radio, the rear view camera and in-built sat-nav. 4 models then add a slightly larger 8.0in screen and a more advanced sound system.

We’re yet to try the entry-level system, but we’ve tried similar Kia systems on other models and they are simple but very easy to use. The touchscreens operate in exactly the same way, and both are responsive to touch and easy to navigate, with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

 

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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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