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KIA Carens (2006–2012)

Last updated 19 August 2016

Option of seven usable seats, all rear seats fold into the boot floor, spacious interior, five-year warranty on models sold since September 2006.
Foot-operated parking brake is old fashioned, poor turning circle.
Updated 26 July 2013

Report of a DPF problem with a 2009/59 (or 2010/59) Carens diesel at 52k miles. Replaced under warranty.

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The previous Kia Carens was a decent enough vehicle - roomy, pleasant, reasonable to drive and at very fair list prices. The trouble was at heavily discounted transaction prices, the better looking and better to drive Citroen Xsara Picasso wiped the floor with it.

But now the goalposts have shifted. Citroen is still there with 5-seater Xsara Picasso Desire diesels from around £9,800 via a broker. And its much more expensive new 7-seater C4 Picasso.

Vauxhall offers a much-improved new Zafira. Renault has updated its Scenic. Ford has the excellent S-Max. And both Vauxhall and Renault offer 7-seater diesel automatics.

So what sort of a fight does the new Kia Carens put up against all this stiff competition?

Obviously before discounts, it's still price competitive, starting at £11,995 for the petrol engined 5-seater and £14,495 for the diesel engined 7-seater. While diesel automatics start at a very enticing £15,495.

Kia Carens 2006 Road Test

List Price from £19,505
Buy new from £15,122

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