Used Kia Carens MPV 2000 - 2006 review

Category: MPV

Section: What is it like?

2000 - 2006 review
Kia Carens MPV (00 - 06)
  • Kia Carens MPV (00 - 06)
  • Kia Carens MPV (00 - 06)
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What's the used Kia Carens MPV like?

There's nothing fancy about the Kia Carens - it's simply a low-cost way of transporting five or six people in reasonable comfort. The 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0-litre petrol engines are not especially refined, particularly when compared with a lot of the European and Japanese competition, and the 2.0-litre turbodiesel is not the most powerful or frugal.

There's also plenty of noise in the cabin courtesy of the engine, wind and road, so longer trips can be a trial of endurance.

At least, the cabin has plenty of space for those in the front and, in five-seat form, the rear seats have decent knee- and headroom. If you choose the six-seater there are three rows of two seats, and the third row has limited legroom. It's also a little tricky to reach the rearmost row, so these seats are best reserved for children.