Used Kia Carens MPV 2000 - 2006 review

Category: MPV

Section: Our recommendations

2000 - 2006 review
Kia Carens MPV (00 - 06)
  • Kia Carens MPV (00 - 06)
  • Kia Carens MPV (00 - 06)
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Our recommendations

Which used Kia Carens MPV should I buy?

The petrol engines aren't very refined, so we'd go for the turbodiesel. It's not as quick or as frugal as much of its competition, but it does a better job of pulling the Carens along when it's loaded with people and luggage.

And, whether you choose a petrol or a diesel, stick to the five-speed manual gearbox, as the four-speed auto is sluggish and has a drastic effect on fuel economy.

The SX models come with electric windows and mirrors, but to gain air-con as standard you need to go for the GSX, which also includes anti-lock brakes, alloy wheels, roof rails and metallic paint.

The six seat Carens is a useful people carrier if you need the extra place over the five-seat model, but the five-seater has more usable boot space. Kia dealers will be the best places to start your search for a Carens.