The new Kia Carens range was released on the 1st of May this year and is available from £17,895. This means that although the Carens have a higher price than the outgoing model, this model still undercuts rivals such as the Ford Grand C-Max and the Renault Grand Scenic. The new Carens model is actually smaller than the one it replaces, in width and height, though a longer wheelbase and lower seats equal more space inside the vehicle. The styling has been given a revamp aswell by Peter Screyer, who is the Kia President and Design boss.
Buyers of the new Kia Carens can choose from three direct injection engines
Buyers of the new Carens are able to choose from three direct injection engines, two diesel and one petrol, as well as three separate trim levels. All versions of the Kia Carens get LED running lights, bluetooth, cruise control, air conditioning, a cooled glovebox and audio controls that are mounted on the cars steering wheel.
If you are to opt for the mid specification ‘2’ model, this adds roof rails, privacy glass, 16 inch alloy wheels, automatic wipers and lights, along with dual zone climate control. The top specification ‘3’ version gets luxury kit such as heated seats, larger wheels, electrically adjustable seats and a full colour reversing camera.
The petrol entry level model uses a 1.6 litre engine that produces 133 brake horsepower and 165 newton metres of torque. This comes with a six speed manual gearbox and uses stop start technology to keep the Co2 emissions at 149g and the official economy at 44.1 mpg.
Both Kia Carens diesel models use the same 1.7 litre engine
Both diesel models use the same 1.7 litre engine and have a starting price of £19,295 for the lower power model, which produces 114 brake horsepower and 260 newton metres of Torque, this is the most efficient engine out of the range. It emits 124 km of Co2 and the company also claim to have an economy of over 50 miles per gallon. The higher powered diesel gets an extra 2 brake horsepower and 70 newton metres of torque, it is also available with an automatic six speed gearbox.
As well as the new Kia Carens model coming with the company’s leading class seven year Warranty, it is also available with Kia’s Care-3 Servicing pack, which will cover the first three years of ownership for £329.