Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Kia Carens MPV?
The Carens is proving to be a tough car mechanically, and owners report that, while the engines may be unrefined, they are durable and unlikely to give trouble.
The rear suspension can develop a creak, but this is mostly on models with six seats that have been filled full of people and luggage on a regular basis, so watch out for ex-private hire cars.
Don't be surprised by a poor, vague gearshift action as all Carens suffer from this. The steering is very light, so check the front wheels for kerb damage, especially if alloy wheels are fitted.
The interior plastics are not the most attractive and they will squeak and rattle. They should stand up to rigorous use without actually breaking, however.