We scour the internet broker sites to bring you big discounts on new cars every week. The brokers work with UK main dealers to offer these savings on the latest models.
The Kia Carens has been proving its mettle as one of our long-term test cars, hauling road testers, photographers and bicycles all over the UK. Its cavernous interior plays host to seven individual seats which can be moved, reclined or folded as necessary, making the Carens a versatile family car.
The lower-powered 1.7-litre diesel in this model has plenty of low-down shove to get the car moving around town and doesn’t start to feel out of its depth until you’re on the motorway and fully loaded with people and luggage. There's more body roll than a Peugeot 5008 in the bends, but this is offset by a generally comfortable ride.
The Carens also rides fairly well on most surfaces and stays generally refined. There is some noticeable diesel clatter at full throttle, but road and wind noise are well contained except at very high speeds.
Kia performed solidly in our last reliability survey and the Carens is backed up by Kia’s seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty, which should bring peace of mind to the ownership experience. It shouldn’t cost much to run, either, with this engine returning more than 60mpg on average.
The steering is vague and you get no sense of a connection between you and the front wheels, while the high sides mean it gets blown about by crosswinds.
Although they’re usable for short journeys, the third row of seats are quite tricky to access because of the middle row not coming far forward enough. When you return the middle seats to their reclined position they don’t automatically return to their previous position.
When using the third row seats you have to sacrifice all but the entire load bay, so those regularly carrying more than five may want to consider a bigger car. Also some of the cabin materials don’t feel quite as plush as those in rivals.
Should I add any options?
The Carens is very well equipped regardless of what trim you go for. We recommend the basic ‘1’ trim because it still gets air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth and a USB input.
Mid-range ‘2’ cars get climate control, alloys and auto lights and wipers, while top-spec ‘3’ cars get a colour touch-screen, a reversing camera and a panoramic roof.
Head to coast2coastcars.co.uk and select Kia and Carens from the drop-down menus to see the range of deals available.