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Brand New Kia Carens1.6 GDi ISG 2 5dr

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£1170 initial rental
£195 per month+ VAT

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

7" touch screen sat nav with TMCApple car play/Android Auto
Bluetooth connectivity with voice controlCruise control + speed limiter
Flex Steer variable steering settingsGear selection indicator
Kick down switchPower Steering
Rear parking sensorsReversing camera
Trip computer 

Entertainment

6 speakersBluetooth audio streaming
DAB Radio with MP3Steering wheel mounted audio controls
USB and auxiliary socket 

Exterior Features

Automatic defog systemAutomatic headlights
Body colour bumpersBody coloured door mirrors
Chrome door handlesChrome grille surround with black high gloss mesh
Chrome trim on tailgateCornering light
Electric folding door mirrorsElectric front/rear windows with drivers one touch/anti-trap
Electrically adjustable door mirrorsExterior grab door handles
Follow me home headlightsFront fog lights
Headlamp levellingHeated door mirrors
Kerbside illuminationLED brake lights
LED daytime running lightsPrivacy glass (rear side windows and rear screen)
Projector headlampsRain sensing front wipers
Rear spoilerRear wash/wipe
Roof railsSilver skid plates

Interior Features

12V socket in luggage compartment2nd and 3rd row cupholders
50/50 split/folding 3rd row of seatsAmbient lighting
Assist gripsCentre console cupholder
Centre console storage boxCentre console with armrest
Centre room lampCooled glovebox
Door armrest in leatherDriver's seat height adjuster
Driver/passenger sunvisors and illuminated vanity mirrorsDual zone automatic air conditioning
Faux leather door trimFolding front passenger seat
Front map lightsFront seatback folding trays
Front seatback pocketsHeight adjustable headrests
Illuminated ignition key holeIsofix child seat preparation
Leather and chrome trimmed gearshiftLeather trimmed steering wheel
LED light in luggage compartmentLoad cover
Luggage netLuggage net hooks
Metallic finish inner door handlesRear air vents
Rear coat hooksRear seat conversation mirror
Rheostat dimmer switchSplit folding 1/3:1/3:1/3 second row seats
Storage compartments in front/rear door panelsTilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel
Under floor storage in 2nd rowWalk in sliding/reclining 2nd row seats
Woven cloth upholstery 

Safety

3 point seatbelts on all seatsABS/EBD
Automatic unlocking of doors in case of impactBrake assist
Curtain airbagsDual front airbags
Dual Side airbagsElectronic stability control
Height adjustable front seatbeltsHill assist control
Passenger airbag deactivation systemRear child proof door locks
Seatbelt warningTraction control
Tyre pressure monitoring system 

Security

Anti theft alarm systemDeadlocks
Engine immobiliserFolding key
Locking wheel nutsRemote central locking
Speed sensitive auto door locking 

Technical

Intelligent Stop and GoVehicle Stability Control (VSC)

Trim

High gloss interior trim 

Wheels

16" alloy wheelsTemporary spare wheel
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO0.772CO2 (g/km)143
HC0.035Noise Level dB(A)74
NOx0.03Particles0
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1591Compression Ratio11.0:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)77Cylinders - Stroke (mm)85.4
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryMULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears6 SPEEDNumber of Valves16
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)45.6EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)54.3EC Urban (mpg)36.2

General

Badge Engine CC1.6Badge Power133
Coin DescriptionGDiCoin Series2
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0713EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years10
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years5NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %94
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %76NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %64NCAP Safety Assist %81
Service Interval Frequency - Months12Service Interval Mileage20000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999Standard manufacturers warranty - Years7
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 60 mph (secs)True0 to 62 mph (secs)10.9
Engine Power - BHP133Engine Power - KW99
Engine Power - RPM6300Engine Torque - LBS.FT122
Engine Torque - MKG17Engine Torque - NM165
Engine Torque - RPM4850Top Speed115

Tyres

Alloys?TrueSpace Saver?True
Tyre Size Front205/55 R16Tyre Size Rear205/55 R16
Tyre Size SpareSPACE SAVERWheel Type16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height (including roof rails)1605Length4525
Wheelbase2750Width1805

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)58Gross Vehicle Weight2140
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1650Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)492
Max. Loading Weight657Max. Roof Load100
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1300Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked730
Minimum Kerbweight1483No. of Seats7
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Kia Carens

Kia's improved third generation Carens is the South Korean maker's most serious stab yet at the People Carrying market. Jonathan Crouch checks it out.

Ten Second Review

With smart looks, a practical interior, great build quality and solid engineering, Kia's improved third generation Carens is a 7-seat compact MPV is well worth your attention. Especially now that it's been enhanced with smarter looks, greater efficiency and improved media connectivity. Though well appointed, it offers strong value and efficient running costs. In other words, you get pretty much everything families are looking for in this segment.

Background

Look at what most growing families actually need and this is it: a compactly-proportioned 7-seat MPV. Look though, at what most growing families actually want and a people carrier of this kind with a Kia badge on the bonnet has rarely been top of their shopping lists. If this South Korean maker is to continue its ambitious rise in sales, it's time for that to change - with this car, the third generation Carens. This third generation Carens needed to offer a big step forward, with desirable styling, impressive quality and hi-tech engineware. It needed to be practical too, given that the deletion of the big Sedona MPV from Kia's model line-up meant that going forward, this would be the only family-sized people carrier the brand would offer. Hence the fact that for the first time, this car is being offered only with 7-seats. So can it deliver? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

On the road, you get a firm set-up that deliberately distances this Kia from softer-sprung but more roll-sensitive rivals like Citroen's Grand C4 Picasso and Renault's Grand Scenic. Not that you should get me wrong here: if you're running late for the school play and throw the thing hard into a bend, you'll get plenty more bodyroll than you would in, say a rival Ford Grand C-MAX. But in normal day-to-day motoring, most families should be quite happy with the ride and handling compromise that's been reached here. There's also the standard inclusion of Kia's Flex Steer system so you can alter the weight of the steering. Under the bonnet, buyers get to choose between a 133bhp 1.6-litre GDi petrol unit or a 1.7-litre CRDi turbodiesel, offered in 114 or 134bhp states of tune, the latter available with the option of a 6-speed auto gearbox. Most will be choosing between the GDi petrol unit or the lower-powered diesel, both capable of around 112mph flat out. On paper, the diesel gets there in a more leisurely fashion, the 0-62mph sprint taking 12.6s as opposed to 10.9s but in practice, the CRDi model's greater reserves of torque (there's 95Nm more of it) make it feel a more willing companion.

Design and Build

As ever, Carens buyers only get one body size: unlike Ford, Citroen and Renault, Kia doesn't see the need to offer separate five and seven-seat bodyshapes in this segment. It never did previously either, but older Carens models offered the choice of either five or seven seats. Here, you've a seven-seat-only design. But a better looking one in this revised guise. Updates include revised front and rear bumpers, smarter front fog lamps and an updated 'tiger-nose' grille, plus there are revised rear lamps too. On to practicalities. It's one thing cramming three rows of seating into a car as relatively compact as this one (the 4.5m length isn't much greater than that of a Focus hatchback). Quite another for the rearmost pews to be actually properly usable. Are they here? Well, I don't want to get your hopes up too high on this score. No compact MPV in this class has yet delivered third row seating that's properly comfortable for adults on long journeys - and this one doesn't either. But, seating at the very back is fine for kids and at least here easy to access thanks to an effective middle row tilting and sliding mechanism. As for that middle row, well it has three separate chairs that recline and slide. Luggage space is restricted to just 103-litres with all seats in place, but rises to 492-litres with the third row flattened and 1,560-litres with the second row flat too. Up-front, you view a clearly presented set of instruments through a smart, leather-trimmed three spoke steering wheel with intuitive controls and faultless functionality that leaves everything exactly where you'd expect to find it. A clever colour touchscreen, 7 or 8-inches in size, dominates the dash and there's better quality seat upholstery in this revised model, as well as smarter metallic and gloss-black accents throughout the cabin and a classy carbon-effect fascia trim.

Market and Model

The days are past when Kia sought to dramatically undercut its mainstream rivals on price, but that doesn't mean its much improved products can't still offer decent value for money. In contrast to earlier versions of this car, this one continues to come only with seven seats, priced in the £18,500 to £28,000 bracket - which on the face of things you might expect would be typical of the budget required for compact seven MPVs in this segment. Most potential owners will want to find the £1,400 budget required to go from the entry-level 1.6-litre GDi petrol variant to the lower-powered of the two 1.7-litre CRDi diesels. There'll be far fewer takers for the higher-powered 1.7-litre CRDi variant which is much pricier as it comes either in mid-spec automatic form or as a top-spec manual. The key equipment change on this revised model relates to the 7.0 or 8.0-inch centre-dash touchscreen that can feature not only navigation but also Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom, plus a rear-view parking camera. This touchscreen system also incorporates the 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' systems for full smartphone integration. There's also now an optional JBL Premium Sound system, which features a subwoofer, external amplifier and six speakers for greater audio quality throughout the cabin. Across the range, you can expect to find features like LED daytime running lamps, cornering lights that illuminate your way around the bends, auto headlamps that stay on to see you to your front door at night, power mirrors, tinted glass, air conditioning with proper rear air ventilation, a cooled glovebox and a useful 'rear conversation mirror' that helps you keep an eye on the kids as you drive.

Cost of Ownership

Kia hasn't been able to get around to updating its diesel engine range but it has engineered an 'Eco Pack' for the 114bhp 1.7-litre CRDi unit that most customers choose, this incorporating Michelin low rolling resistance tyres and a series of revised gear ratios. As a result, CO2 emissions can be reduced to 109g/km. All manual models get Kia's ISG Start/Stop on all manual models to cut the engine when you don't need it, say stuck in traffic or waiting at the lights. The electric power steering, sleeker shape and alternator management system as help efficiency. As a result, the 1.6-litre GDI petrol model manages 44.1mpg on the combined cycle and 149g/km of CO2. The diesels of course can do much better than that. Around 60mpg isn't out of the question on a reglar basis if you go for the most frugal 114bhp variant and even the minority interest 134bhp version of this engine manages 132g/km and 56.4mpg. You take a much bigger hit though, if you opt for this pokier diesel with an auto gearbox. Here, the figures fall to 46.3mpg and 159g/km. That's despite the provision of an active 'ECO' switch that, when activated, causes the transmission to upshift as early as possible and promotes a more economical driving style by delivering a softer accelerator response. Used values will be continue to be propped up by Kia's excellent 7 year/100,000 mile excellent warranty arrangement given that, unlike programmes such as Vauxhall's 'Lifetime' warranty, it's fully transferrable to second owners.

Summary

The MK3 Carens model has proved to be a useful step forward for Kia in the compact 7-seat MPV market segment and this revised version usefully refreshes the Korean maker's offering in this sector. Buy one and you get the same strong build quality, reliability and long warranty you had before but now wrapped up in a more effective, desirable and efficient package. Yes, also a pricier one, but the value proposition still remains strong in comparison with obvious rivals. Strong enough to deliver what Kia craves with this MK3 model - conquest buyers? Perhaps. You certainly get a lot more for your money here than rivals from brands like Ford, Renault and Citroen can offer. For the money you'd give to these makers for a five-seat compact MPV, Kia provides a seven-seater design that's better equipped, just as efficient and, to some eyes at least, even arguably better looking. Overall, it's not hard to make a case for it.

Performance
50%
Handling
60%
Comfort
70%
Space
70%
Styling
70%
Build
50%
Value
90%
Equipment
60%
Economy
80%
Depreciation
60%
Insurance
70%

* This vehicle is affected by the new 2017 road tax rules. Find out more

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

Representative contract hire

Monthly payment£195
Initial Rental£1170
Term (months)36
Contract mileage30,000
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