KIA Carens (2003–2006)

Last updated 5 May 2015

Tidy-looking Scenic rival at keen prices. Practical design details. The promise of trouble-free ownership.
Unsatisfying gearshift on manual versions and gearboxes don't last. Doesn't quite look right.
Updated 10 November 2003

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If style, image and status are important to you, then what follow are wasted words. The Kia Carens just isn't your kind of car.

On the other hand, if you want a strong, practical, economical, decent to drive, comfortable, safe and sensibly priced MPV, then it is. Strangely enough, it even photographs better than I thought it would and looks quite posh in metallic dark green.

What Kia has done is completely overhaul the old and awkward looking Carens, keeping all the best bits and overhauling nearly all the bad bits. It's much more than merely a re-skin, and now boasts important features such as a diesel engine option, petrol or diesel automatic options, optional satnav, five three-point seatbelts, and a hugely useful selection of separate storage places under the rear luggage area floor.

Owners' reviews

Great MPV , very flexible 2.0 diesel quite economical towed my caravan all over France ,Spain .Portugal

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