Kia Carens (2013–)

Model History

September 2012

New Kia Carens unveiled

Completely new from the ground up, the new Carens is designed and engineered to meet the needs of modern families. Built on an all-new platform, it delivers stylish, spacious practicality, with sleek aerodynamics, a cab-forward design, long wheelbase and up to seven seats. 4,525mm long x 1,805mm wide (exc mirrors) x 1,610mm high (exc roof rails)

Appealing to families with an active lifestyle who don't want to compromise between style and practicality, Kia is confident that the all-new third-generation Carens will attract a new group of consumers to Kia showrooms around the world.

Four engines on offer: the chain cam 1.7-litre diesel engine seen on the Sportage and Optima, with either 115PSor 135PS, plus a 135PS 1.6 GDI petrol engine. A 178PS 2.0 GDI engine will be offered in Europe., but is Six-speed manual or a six-speed torque converter auto.

While the Carens shares the floorpan of the cee'd, multi link rear suspension has been abandoned in favour of a less sophisticated, but more space efficient torsion-beam, which goves mpre room for rearmost passengers.Rear load cover blind stows nearly under rear floor when not in use. Has a proper space-saver spare wheel.

April 2013

UK prices and specifications confirmed from £17,895 on-the-road from 1 May. The seven-seater is available in the UK with three engines – one petrol and two turbodiesels – two transmissions and three trim and equipment packages.

UK equipment levels are high. A leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear knob with chrome surround are standard across the range. The two upper trim grades add black high-gloss panels with a grille pattern in the dash, upper centre console, doors and steering wheel spokes, and all models have metallic finish door handles and chrome accents within the cabin. The front seat backs also have fold-up tables with cupholders in most versions, and there are cupholders in the second and third rows. The middle-row centre seat folds to create a table.

The UK engine line-up comprises of the 1.6-litre Gamma GDi direct-injection with 135PS and 165Nm; the European-designed 1.7-litre CRDi manual transmission turbodiesel engine, developing either 115PS and 260Nm or 135PS and 330Nm. The standard version delivers maximum torque from 1250-2750rpm and 0-60mph acceleration in 12.6 seconds with a 112mph top speed. The more powerful engine option develops its 330Nm between 2000-2500rpm, which delivers 0-60mph time of 10.0 seconds and a top speed of 119mph.

Both 1.7 CRDi power outputs score well on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions: 60.1mpg combined and 124g/km and 56.4mpg and 132g/km respectively, and a diesel particulate filter is fitted as standard. Kia’s Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) engine stop-start system is standard on all manual-gearbox models.

The three trim levels are unimaginatively named ‘1’, ‘2’ and ‘3’. Standard features include seven seats, projection headlights with cornering lamps, LED daytime running lamps, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, driver’s seat height adjustment and tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment, cruise control with a speed limiter, remote central locking, a six-speaker RDS radio/CD player with iPod connectivity, MP3 compatibility and Bluetooth with voice recognition and music streaming. Trim grades ‘1’ and ‘2’ also have a rear conversation mirror, which is replaced by the controls for the panoramic sunroof on trim grade ‘3’.

Pricing & Running Costs MPG
CO 2 Ins.
‘1' 1.6 GDi 133bhp 6-speed manual ISG 7-seat 44.1 149 13 £17,895
'1' 1.7 CRDi 114bhp 6-speed manual ISG 7-seat 60.1 124 12 £19,295
‘2' 1.6 GDi 133bhp 6-speed manual ISG 7-seat 44.1 149 13 £19,195
'2' 1.7 CRDi 114bhp 6-speed manual ISG 7-seat 60.1 124 12 £20,595
'2' 1.7 CRDi 134bhp 6-speed automatic 7-seat 46.3 159 16 £21,995
'3' 1.7 CRDi 134bhp 6-speed manual ISG 7-seat 56.4 132 16 £23,895

October 2013

New top spec ‘3 Sat Nav' model added to range at £24,845 with 7" satnav screen and enhanced speaker system. Adds seven-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system and an upgraded seven-speaker audio system to '3' spec of leather seats, dual zone climate control, full length panoramic sunroof and safety features such as recently announced Euro NCAP five-star ratings, six airbags and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and all-round three-point seatbelts all fitted as standard.

Has 1.7 CRDi: 134bhp engine with 6-speed manual transmission. It comes equipped with a seven-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with European mapping and Traffic Management Channel (TMC) a handy feature that alerts the driver to heavy traffic ahead and then adjusts the route accordingly ensuring that the driver and passengers have a less stressful journey.

Also added to the model is an upgraded audio system that benefits from seven-speakers which also includes an eight-channel external amplifier and sub-woofer so that all seven occupants get great sound on their journey. AUX, USB and iPod connectivity are also fitted as standard in the Carens.

January 2014

SR7 versions of KIA Carens announced, together with a new top of the range grade '4' of the Carens.

Every SR7 has a higher specification than the 2014 VR7 special-edition models. LED daytime running lights, cornering lights, front foglights, automatic headlight control, privacy glass, UV-reducing solar glass, dual-zone automatic air conditioning and roof rails are the highlights of the equipment additions, depending on model. There are also new alloy wheels and colour options.

The all new Carens SR7 offers buyers the choice of two direct-injection engines - the 1.6-litre GDi petrol unit or the 1.7-litre CRDi diesel. Both are fitted with ISG to maximise fuel economy and minimise CO 2 emissions. This brings the CO 2 output of the SR7 1.6 GDi down to 120g/km - the lowest in the Carens range.

Standard premium features include LED daytime running lights, front foglights, automatic headlight control, 16-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate, premium cloth seats, reversing sensors, dual automatic air conditioning and roof rails.

Meanwhile the new grade ‘4' version of the Carens, powered by the 134bhp 1.7-litre CRDi engine paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, has been added at the top of the range to replace the former ‘3 Sat Nav' model. The manual is fitted with ISG. The extensive specification of the ‘3 Sat Nav' has been supplemented with Parallel Park Assist, a 7-inch TFT supervision cluster and black headlining to create a genuinely luxurious top-of-the-range model.

All SR7 models are identified by sporty model designation logos on the lower half of each front door. The SR7 models are available exclusively to retail customers as 7 th January 2015.

Carens SR7 - pricing and insurance groups


OTR price

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1.6 133bhp petrol 6-speed manual ISG



1.7 113bhp diesel 6-speed manual ISG



Carens 4 - pricing and insurance groups


OTR price

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1.7 113bhp diesel 6-speed manual ISG



1.7 113bhp diesel 6-speed automatic




What does a Kia Carens (2013) cost?