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Kia Carens 2015 Review

As Kia's largest MPV, the Carens is stylish, has space for seven and is a very comfortable ride for all the family. With cues from the cee'd, it has a very distinctive grill and LED daytime running lights, making the Carens very stylish.

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There are two CRDi diesels and one petrol engine available. Both diesels have a 1.7-litre engine and the petrol has a 1.6-litre engine which boasts 133bhp. The 1.7-litre diesel is available in an 114bhp or a 134bhp output. The 114bhp output returns an impressive 60.1mpg, which is very impressive for the size of the Carens and all come with stop-start as standard making city driving more economical.

Inside the Kia Carens, the car feels safe, spacious and stylish, due to its build quality and use of high quality materials. The model you see here is the 3, which boasts high quality leather seats finished off with a leather trim steering wheel. The 7" touchscreen multimedia system offers satellite navigation with European mapping and has Bluetooth connectivity.

Inside the Carens the A-pillars have been shifted forward over the front wheels, stretching the wheelbase by 50mm, making the interior roomier. All three middle seats slide and fold individually, allowing you to make the most of the space available. All Carens models sold in the UK come with seven seats as standard. The rear seats fold easily into the boot floor with just the pull of a canvas strap. All seat operations are slick and easy to work - which is crucial for family life. There is plenty of boot space with an impressive 492-litres available with the five seats in place. There is also plenty of cubbyholes, such as the two under the middle-row seats and a large centre console. The front seatbacks have map nets and trays and the central seat in the second row pulls forward for a wipe clean back and a pair of cup holders. In the boot there is a 12V socket and a light that doubles as a removable torch.

Safety and reliability is prized by Kia and this does not change for the Carens. Earning five-stars in the Euro NCAP crash test makes it safe for all the family and if that's not enough it comes standard with six airbags, full three-point seatbelts, adjustable headrests on all seven seats and electronic stability control. The Carens also benefits from an impressive seven-year, 100,000-mile transferable warranty, which has now been extended to also include seven years of free map updates for cars with factory-fitted satellite navigation systems.

Overall, the Kia Carens is stylish, practical and a safe family car, with plenty of storage, technology and an impressive warranty.

Evans Halshaw Kia