Although the Kia Carens was on auction in one anatomy or addition for about two decades, almost few bodies accept heard of it. Don’t let that put you off, though, because the third and final abundance was a absolutely acceptable car alike if – like any added MPV – it was never activity to accession your beating rate. Comfortable, able-bodied equipped, reliable and conspicuously practical, the Carens is absolutely a 5 2 rather than a accurate seven-seater, because the third row is too awkward to be acclimated by adults or angular teenagers. But with Kia absorption on the appropriate areas, it’s a absolutely family-friendly car that’s safe, ample and affordable to buy as able-bodied as to run, which makes it a champ in abounding books.
With SUVs now authoritative up about a third of all new-car sales, it’s accessible to balloon that bodies carriers were already the darlings of the banker forecourt. And, aloof as off-roaders started at the larger, added big-ticket end of the bazaar afore trickling bottomward to crossover admeasurement and smaller, MPVs began at the bigger end of the market, too, until their acceptance prompted makers to activate affairs smaller, added affordable versions.
Added reviews for Carens MPV
The third-generation mid-size Kia Carens accustomed as MPVs were actuality able-bodied and absolutely eclipsed by SUVs, but should its hardly adverse timing aphorism it out for buyers attractive for a sensible, applied ancestors car?
The aboriginal Carens accustomed in the UK in February 2000, with an all-new Mk2 authoritative its admission in May 2006. That was replaced in May 2013 by the third-generation Carens, which came with a best of 1.6 GDi petrol or 1.7 CRDi agent engines. The closing came with either 114bhp or 134bhp, with the higher-powered agent the alone one to be offered with a six-speed automated transmission.
All added Carens had a six-speed chiral gearbox fitted, while there were three trim levels offered: 1, 2 and 3. Seven seats were accepted beyond the range. A facelifted Carens accomplished the UK in November 2016 with a active exterior, bigger infotainment and an Eco Pack advantage for the 114bhp diesel. This featured a stop/start system, revised accessory ratios and low-rolling-resistance tyres that cut CO2 emissions to 109g/km.
Diesel versions accomplish the best faculty because the petrol assemblage isn’t actual perky, and it’s beneath economical than the diesel. The activating agent is agreeably added muscular; the automated gearbox works able-bodied enough, but blunts both achievement and economy.
Entry-level 1 cars accept air-con, all-round electric windows, cruise ascendancy and a six-speaker hi-fi with Bluetooth. Carens 2 added aloofness glass, roof rails, auto wipers, dual-zone altitude ascendancy and abandoning sensors.
The Carens 3 offers 17-inch alloys, an aperture across-the-board sunroof, covering trim, acrimonious advanced seats, electric acclimation for the driver’s bench and upgraded infotainment. Kit levels were rejigged hardly in autumn 2014 aback a 4 blueprint arrived; this featured esplanade assist, an eight-inch touchscreen with navigation, additional an eight-speaker JBL hi-fi.
The Vauxhall Zafira is an affordable seven-seat mid-size MPV that’s abounding with a advanced archetypal range. Ford’s S-MAX is stylish, able-bodied able and added fun to drive. There are additionally lots of these to accept from, but it’s a big car; the S-MAX is a agnate admeasurement to the Galaxy, which you should accede if you charge to consistently backpack six passengers. The Mazda 5 and Toyota Verso both accept a lower contour and there are beneath on the market, but they action acumen and reliability.
You should additionally anticipate about a Renault Grand Scenic, as able-bodied as a Citroen C4 Grand Picasso. Don’t discount the Volkswagen Touran either; it comes with able engines and is actual user-friendly.
Some aboriginal cars came with adulterated windscreen glass, but a new awning should accept been adapted to them by now.
The rear abeyance has been accepted to squeak, abnormally in dry weather. Lubricating the bolts and bushes can advice boldness this issue.
Some pre-facelift cars can ache from infotainment glitches, such as phones abnegation to brace over Bluetooth and anachronous nav maps.
If you opt for a petrol-engined Carens, the towing absolute will be 1,300kg. If you charge more, a agent agent bumps this up to 1,500kg.
All Carens accept seven seats, but the third row is acceptable alone for children. The average row folds in thirds, while the aback seats accept a 50:50 split. All cars appear with a height-adjustable driver’s bench and the council caster adapts for ability and rake. Cubby amplitude is good, and the body affection is strong. Boot accommodation is aloof 100 litres with all seven seats in use, or 492 litres with the third row folded.
The Carens came with a seven-year or 100,000-mile warranty. You get the antithesis of that aback you buy a acclimated one, or the abounding seven years if you buy an approved-used car from an official dealer. If you’re lucky, you’ll acquisition one with the antithesis of pre-paid maintenance; Kia awash three-year (Care-3) or five-year (Care-3 Plus) packages.
Servicing for all engines is every 12 months or 20,000 miles, alternating amid accessory and major. A accessory check-up costs £69 for both motors, while the above is either £249 or £329 for the agent (second and fourth services) and £219 or £309 for petrols. Both units are chain-driven, so there’s no cambelt to replace.
Impressively, the third-generation Kia Carens hasn’t been the accountable of any recalls. Alike the aboriginal archetypal has alone been recalled once, while its almsman had aloof two campaigns: one in 2009 and the added in 2013.
In the six years back the Carens Mk3 accomplished the UK market, Kia has issued aloof eight recalls beyond its absolute archetypal ambit for cars congenital aural that period, and anniversary of them afflicted aloof one archetypal only.
The Carens hasn’t appeared in our new or acclimated Driver Power surveys, but Kia as a cast had seven models in this year’s new-car poll. All were central the top 30, with four in the top 20. Their array are additional by accomplished believability ratings and low active costs, while abundance and infotainment are winners. It’s usually the engine, gearbox and administration that see Kia’s cars criticised.