Space & practicality

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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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

MPVs are about space first and foremost, and the Carens puts up a decent showing, if not ultimately the best in class. Those in its front seats will find very generous head and leg room, while the Carens’ three middle seats slide forwards and back and fold individually, and will seat three adults in decent comfort, although two will be very comfortable indeed. Each rear door gets a generously sized pocket and will take a medium-sized bottle.

The rearmost row can be folded flat into the boot floor and split 50:50 depending on your needs, while two fabric straps are used to pull them up, which is easy to do. There’s no doubt two adults will find it cramped on a long journey, but they will find short journeys tolerable, although Kia has included a cubby and cup holder on each side. In comparison with its rivals, the Carens’ offers better third-row space than a Grand Scenic, but both a Zafira Tourer and VW Touran will keep a couple of adults happier over lots of miles.

The Carens’ boot has an official luggage capacity of 492 litres with the sixth and seventh seats folded into its floor, which is smaller than both a Zafira Tourer’s and VW Touran’s. However, there’s no lip to lift bags over and the space it does offer is nicely square. Kia has also included useful features such as a removable torch and 12V socket, and the tonneau cover can be stored in a handy cubby in the boot floor.

 

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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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