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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Bluetooth connectivity with voice controlCruise control + speed limiter
External temperature gaugeGear selection indicator
Power SteeringReversing Aid Sensors
Trip computerWasher fluid reminder


6 speakersBluetooth audio streaming
In dash single CD/RDS audio with mp3 playerSteering 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
Heated rear windowLED daytime running lights
Privacy glass (rear side windows and rear screen)Rain sensing front wipers
Rear spoilerRear wash/wipe
Roof rails 

Interior Features

12V socket in luggage compartment2 x 12v power sockets in rear of front centre console
2nd and 3rd row cupholders50/50 split/folding 3rd row of seats
Ambient lightingAssist grips
Centre console cupholderCentre console storage box
Centre console with armrestCentre room lamp
Cooled gloveboxDoor armrest in leather
Driver's seat height adjusterDriver/passenger sunvisors and illuminated vanity mirrors
Dual zone automatic air conditioningFolding 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 hooksRheostat dimmer switch
Split folding 1/3:1/3:1/3 second row seatsStorage compartments in front/rear door panels
Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheelUnder floor storage in 2nd row
Walk in sliding/reclining 2nd row seatsWoven cloth upholstery


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 warning 


Alarm systemDeadlocks
Engine immobiliserFolding key
Locking wheel nutsRemote central locking
Speed sensitive auto door locking 


Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) 


High gloss interior trim 


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


CO0.269CO2 (g/km)117
HC+NOx0.111Noise Level dB(A)73
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1685Compression Ratio15.7:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)77.2Cylinders - Stroke (mm)90
Gears6 SPEEDNumber of Valves16

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)62.8EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)68.9EC Urban (mpg)55.4


Badge Engine CC1.7Badge Power114
Coin DescriptionCRDiCoin Series2
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0712EManufacturers 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 


0 to 60 mph (secs)True0 to 62 mph (secs)13.2
Engine Power - BHP114Engine Power - KW85
Engine Power - RPM4000Engine Torque - LBS.FT192
Engine Torque - MKG27Engine Torque - NM260
Engine Torque - RPM1250Top Speed112


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

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)58Gross Vehicle Weight2240
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1650Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)492
Max. Loading Weight659Max. Roof Load100
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1500Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked750
Minimum Kerbweight1581No. 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 revised third generation Carens model is a 7-seat compact MPV that makes most sense in 1.7-litre CRDi diesel form, reckons Jonathan Crouch

Ten Second Review

There have been a number of cars in Kia's range that have impressed us in recent years, but until a few years ago, the Carens compact MPV wasn't one of them. This model took a step forward in third genration guise though and it's been further improved in the facelifted guise we're going to look at here. Most customers choose this People Carrier with the 114bhp 1.7-litre CRDi diesel engine, so that's what we're going to concentrate on here.


Not so long ago, this review would have begun with a paragraph or two about where Kia were, where they are now and what great value their cars now represented. The thing is, you know that already. Clued-in car buyers know that Kia vehicles now offer - and in some cases exceed - the standards of the mainstream brands they once so savagely undercut and they'll also know that prices have crept up as a consequence. That's also why when they see a product like this Carens MPV for the first time, they expect it to be good. Really good. Dealing with this expectation has become normal for Kia. The thing is, it still doesn't prepare you for quite what a thorough job the Korean company has done. The Carens might not win too many awards for originality, but in absorbing the best design features of its rivals, it offers a credible and, yes, desirable option in the compact MPV sector that will have some big names very worried indeed. We thought we'd look at the version that will account for most UK sales, the lower-powered of the two 1.7-litre CDTi diesel models.

Driving Experience

People don't tend to buy compact MPVs for the way they drive but if Kia can differentiate the Carens in that regard as well, it has to be good for sales, right? So instead of just offering one or two engine choices, the Carens makes available three different powerplants. First up is the 133bhp 1.6-litre GDI direct injection petrol unit with a decent 165Nm of torque. Sixty is 10.9s away en route to 115mph. Then there are the two CRDi diesels - two versions of Kia's acclaimed 1.7-litre 'U2' oil-burner generating 114bhp with maximum torque of 260Nm maximum torque, or 134bhp and 330Nm of torque. The pokier of the two offers the option of a 6-speed auto gearbox. Even the feeblest version - the variant we're focuing on here - makes sixty in 12.6s on the way to 112mph, while the 139bhp model improves that to 10s and 119mph. Kia's MDPS electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering features a combined torque/angle sensor to protect against side wind gusts. The steering wheel is adjustable for both height and reach. Kia's FlexSteer system, offering three levels of weight and assistance to match customer preference - Normal, Sport and Comfort - is standard. The suspension is nothing too radical, MacPherson struts at the front and a coupled torsion beam with trailing-arms at the rear, but the brakes are up to the mark, with discs all round, anti-lock, electronic brakeforce distribution and emergency Brake Assist as well.

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

Prices range in the £18,500 to £28,000 bracket, so the Carens is no longer being offered at bargain basement prices. But then, it's no longer a bargain basement product. Most UK sales will be of the 114bhp 1.7-litre CRDi diesel we look at here - and you'll need a budget of around £21,000 for one of those. You'll need at least around £24,500 for the 139bhp version of this CRDi engine, which is the unit you'll have to have to get Kia's DCT auto gearbox as an option. There are three trim and equipment packages, badged '1', '2' and '3'. 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

Compact MPVs are often bought by families who need to watch the pennies and the Carens is no exception. Gone are the days when a low sticker price would more than mask the fact that the engines were a decade out of date and if there's one thing that carbon dioxide-based taxation has done, it's driven manufacturers into a race to develop ever smarter and more efficient engines. Kia is no exception and the latest clutch of engines deliver respectable numbers. Fuel-saving measures include ISG (Start/Stop), low-rolling resistance tyres and an alternator management system (AMS). The 114bhp diesel manages 117g/km of CO2 and 60.1mpg on the combined cycle, while the 139bhp model delivers 118g/km and 56.5mpg. In comparison, the 1.6-litre GDI petrol engine delivers 143g/km and 44.1mpg. As ever, there's Kia's excellent 7 year/150,000km warranty to offer additional peace of mind.


Prior to the arrival of this third generation version, the Kia Carens had long been one of the Korean company's lesser lights. In fact, at times it seemed desperate for a bushel to hide it under, such was the glitziness of its other models and the dourness of its compact MPV. That's no longer the case. The Carens now deserves its moment in the limelight. With smart styling, a practical interior, great build quality and a range of clean, modern engines like the 114bhp 1.7-litre CRDi diesel featured here, it deserves your full attention. Overall, Kia's rivals are going to have their work cut out. The South Korean brand's buyers have high expectations these days but we suspect the Carens isn't going to disappoint.


This vehicle has previously been registered to a business or a vehicle rental company, or been used by a business, so it may have been driven by more than one driver.

** 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.

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Monthly payment£221.30
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Cash price£13,798
Credit amount£12,418
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£5075
Total amount payable£16,857.10
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge8.0p per mile
Representative APR8.9%

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