Kia Carens will go on sale on the 1st May 2013 - it looks like a vast improvement
The new seven-seat Kia Carens will go on sale on the 1st May priced from £17,895.
This is the third-generation Carens has a smaller footprint than its predecessor it is shorter, 15mm narrower and 45mm lower. Yet thanks to a 50mm increase in wheelbase and lower seat positions it has improved head, leg and shoulder room in all three rows of seats, whilst delivering the additional benefits of increased luggage space and a lower loading lip. The overall height of 1605mm is one of the lowest in class and 5mm lower to that of the Kia Soul.
There are now three individual sliding and reclining centre-row seats in place of a split bench and two separate seats in the rear, all of which fold flat. There is a longer, wider and taller luggage area and an under-floor compartment to store the cargo screen when not in use. The front passenger's seat also folds flat to allow exceptionally long loads to be carried. There are standardcornering lights and LED daytime running lamps.
There will be the option from launch of three engines including one petrol and two turbodiesels. Kia's Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) system is standard on all manual-gearbox models.
The petrol derivative is powered by the 1.6-litre Gamma GDi direct-injection unit that we have seen in other models in the Kia range. It outputs 133bhp and 165Nm of torque, which equates to 0-60 mph time of 10.9 seconds and top speed of 115 mph. The official combined fuel figure is 44.1 mpg with CO2 emissions of 149 g/km.
There is a choice of two output diesels based on the 1.7-litre turbocharged unit developing either 114bhp/260Nm or 134bhp/330Nm. The lower output engine delivers maximum torque from 1,250 to 2,750rpm and will achieve 0-60mph in 12.6 seconds with a 112mph top speed. The more powerful engine option develops its 330Nm between 2,000 and 2,500rpm, which allows 0-60mph to be completed in 10.0 seconds and a top speed of 119mph. Official combined cycle fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are 60.1mpg and 124g/km and 56.4mpg and 132g/km respectively.
There are three trim levels, ‘1’,’2’ and ‘3’ which keeps it simple.
Kia Carens ‘1’ – priced £17,895 to £19,295
Standard equipment 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, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshift, a centre console armrest, air conditioning, rear air ventilation, steering wheel-mounted controls, front and rear electric windows, 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.
Kia Carens ‘2’ – priced £19,195 to £21,995
Adds 16-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, chrome window trim, fog lights, roof rails, automatic headlight control, rain-sensing front wipers, electrically folding door mirrors with LED indicators and kerbside lamps, dual-zone air conditioning, a luggage net, a portable LED luggage light and reversing sensors.
Kia Carens ‘3’ – priced £23,895
Gains 17-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, 10-way driver's seat adjustment, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, aero blade-type front wipers with a de-icing system, second-row sun blinds and LED reading lights, and a colour reversing camera integrated into the centre fascia screen.
Standard safety equipment across the range includes a Hill-start Assist Control that prevents the Caren from rolling backwards during uphill starts by maintaining braking pressure until the driver touches the accelerator, while the high-level brake lamp at the rear now includes an Emergency Stop Signal which causes the light to flash during sudden braking to warn following drivers.
And as with all new Kia cars it is backed up by a seven year transferable warranty.
Kia Caren Prices
|Pricing||mpg (Comb.)||CO2||Ins. Group||OTR|
|'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|