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Kia Carens Review

June 5, 2015

The weekend is finally in sight and if you’re on the hunt for that Friday feeling, look no further than today’s Kia Carens review. The mighty MPV is going under the Car Loan Warehouse microscope and we can’t wait to see what it has to offer. Fancy getting your hands on an MPV of your own? Our Kia Carens review will tell you everything you need to know about this practical people carrier – including how to secure Kia finance. Ready? Let’s dive in.

Kia Carens side

Original image by Abdullah AlBargan

Design

Competition comes in the form of the Vauxhall Zafira and Renault Scenic, so there’s plenty of rivalry in this class – but with bags of practicality and plenty of room to get comfy, the Carens holds its own in this competitive lineup. Despite being shorter and lower than the previous Carens, the latest Kia has a more spacious interior – largely due to the extended distance between the front and rear wheels. In the second row, the 3 seats fold, slide and recline individually to allow easier access to the back row – while the third row of seats fold flat to create 492 litres of boot space. There are plenty of handy storage areas scattered throughout the cabin – ideal for big families looking for a ton of carry-on space – including under-the-seat storage trays up-front and a decent-sized glovebox.

Performance & Handling

In terms of handling, improved suspension makes the Kia Carens a more comfortable car to drive than its predecessor. The steering comes with three settings, meaning you can adjust it for low-speed navigation around town or opt for heavier steering when driving at motorway speeds. When it comes to power, 7 seater cars are unlikely to achieve blistering speeds – but the Kia Carens performs well for a car of its size.There’s a choice of one 1.6 litre GDI petrol engine or two 1.7 litre diesels – coming with 114bhp or 134bhp. The petrol powertrain manages 0-62mph in 10.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 115mph – but if you’re looking for a greener engine, opt for a diesel. The 114bhp returns an impressive 60.1mpg and has CO2 emissions of 124g/km, making for an annual road tax bill of just £110.

Features

When it comes to kit, there are three models to choose from – and even the most basic spec is packed with standard equipment. The entry-level 1 model comes stuffed with a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth connection, USB port, cruise control and air conditioning – as well as 16 inch steel wheels. Move up to the 2 model and you’ll get reverse parking sensors, alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers and a 4.3 inch touchscreen. Topping the range is the 3 spec which adds heated front seats and steering wheel, 17 inch alloys, a panoramic sunroof and an adjustable driver’s seat with 10 position settings.

Kia Finance

Kia Carens

Original image by Abdullah AlBargan

The entry-level Kia Carens comes in at £18,195 – but if you’re struggling to match the price tag, the Car Loan Warehouse can help. We’re experts in Kia finance and, along with a team of dedicated lenders, we’re committed to finding a finance deal that suits you. Apply now to find out how we can help – or alternatively, head over to our online car finance calculator to get an instant estimate.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.