Kia Carens

Kia Carens information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the compact MPV. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the Carens range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.

Background
The Kia Carens is a mid-sized people carrier based on the Ceed family hatch hardware. There are seven seats, a choice of petrol and diesel engines and the company’s usual long warranties. For more information on the Carens, click on our further stories on the links below. 

60sec road test
This is the third generation of Carens and it shows that the Koreans have learned a thing or two about carrying people in style and comfort. It sports the company’s latest corporate look, with a ‘tiger-snout’ nose and slick, remarkably European styling. There’s loads of space with great access, the seats work well and it’s hard not to judge it sensible family transport. But is it fun? Is it class-leading? Not in our judgment. Our first drive noted: ‘If you’ve ordered a Carens for its dynamic prowess, you’ve mis-read the menu. It’s as far from a driving experience as a 911 is from seating seven.’ But then you wouldn’t have expected it to out-handle a C-Max, would you? Instead, consider the Carens for its seven-year warranty and good value.

The one we’d buy
1.7 CRDI

The one we’d avoid like the plague
1.6 GDI

Rivals to consider
Ford C-Max, Peugeot 5008, Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

For
Seven seats as standard, roomy, attractive prices, long warranty

Against
Not the most exciting mid-sized MPV on sale

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