Kia New Carens

Just two-and-a-half years from launch Kia has produced a New Carens with significant exterior and interior changes incorporating customer feedback from European markets. The new car offers enhanced practicality and style with the spaciousness and value for money that Kia has become renowned for.

Perhaps the most immediate enhancement is the availability of a diesel engine for the first time. The proven 2.0-litre Common Rail diesel engine produces 112bhp and 245Nm of torque, making it the best power per pound diesel you can buy on the UK market.

Kia has applied the expertise gained from the outstanding success of the Sedona large MPV in two clear ways on the New Carens. Select an engine with sufficient power to comfortably cope with a full complement of passengers and their luggage, to produce a more driveable car capable of achieving high mileages, and offer diesel automatic derivatives of all trim levels.

Paul Williams, Managing Director of Kia Motors UK, said: "The New Carens offers great potential for Kia as the mini-MPV market is the second fastest growing segment of the UK market. The fantastic success of the Sedona large MPV has shown the way. The revisions to Carens have made it a much stronger proposition for UK customers and the introduction of a turbodiesel, with an automatic option, gives Kia a clear opportunity to win new customers."

The exterior of the Carens has been completely restyled, from the grille, which now has a family resemblance to Sedona, past the new bonnet line and restyled D-pillar, to the redesigned rear combination lamps, tailgate and rear window.

The new cabin layout while offering greater flexibility and practicality achieves a much more modern and distinctive appearance. The new interior boasts a new steering wheel design, revised central fascia with metal grain trim, improved instrument cluster layout, and restyled door trim featuring side map/bottle holders. Higher quality materials are used throughout.

Finally, the second row seat has been redesigned to incorporate integrated three-point seatbelts and a central headrest. The 60:40 split rear seats now fold to reveal a very practical flat floor. Raising the load area floor reveals an extensive and removable luggage tray that is ideal for keeping valuables away from prying eyes or for transporting wet outdoor clothing and dirty boots for example. The cargo area also features net hooks to secure luggage. In summary, the spacious interior, with headroom of 995mm and legroom of 960mm in the second row, now challenges the best European competition in terms of quality of materials, fit, finish and style.

Air conditioning is now standard across the New Carens range. The SE features climate control and an ambient temperature gauge, while the diesel models are equipped with an auxiliary electric heater to warm the passenger compartment more quickly in cold conditions.

The New Carens includes comfort, convenience and safety features usually reserved for much more expensive cars. The specification on the entry-level car now includes anti-lock brakes with EBD, ISOFix child seat anchors, front seat belt pre-tensioners and load limiters, air conditioning, remote central door locking, front fog lamps, front wiper de-icer, body coloured door mirrors, metallic grain dashboard, and luggage net hooks. Meanwhile, the top-of-the-range SE features side airbags, parking distance sensors, alloy wheels, roof rails, climate control, single CD player, rain sensing wipers, and leather steering wheel and gear knob.

Not so visible but no less important, the New Carens delivers low interior noise levels. A seven-layer dashboard insulator and bonnet insulator reduce noise transference into the passenger compartment, while other noise reduction measures have been taken to reduce road, tyre and wind noise.

The state-of-the-art 2.0-litre common rail turbodiesel engine offers an ideal combination of pulling power with economy. The engine produces 112bhp @ 4000rpm and 245Nm of torque @ 2000rpm. The extra urban fuel consumption of the manual car is an economical 52.3mpg with a combined mpg figure of 40.4mpg. The engine installation uses a third generation four-point hydraulic engine mount to achieve low noise and vibration.

The updated 1.8-litre petrol engine offers a 14% power increase achieving 124bhp @ 6000rpm and a maximum torque of 245Nm @2000rpm.

Passive safety has benefited from the latest technological advances allied to extensive computer simulations and real life crash tests. This has led to selective reinforcements to the bodyshell providing improved frontal collision, side impact and rollover protection. The new car is 198kg heavier than the current car.

Model Line-Up And Pricing

The prices of the outgoing SX (replaced by the LX) and GSX (replaced by SE) have been maintained. The 2.0-litre common rail turbodiesel begins at £10,895, a £900 premium over the petrol car. Automatic options are available for both trim levels of the diesel and for the SE petrol for £900.

1.8LX £9,995
1.8SE £11,995
1.8SE auto £12,545
2.0CRDT LX £10,895
2.0CRDT LX auto £11,795
2.0CRDT SE £12,895
2.0CRDT SE auto £13,445

Warranty & Servicing

The New Carens, along with all Kia cars, benefits from a three-year unlimited mileage warranty, which is not restricted to private use, as well as three years' roadside assistance including cover throughout Europe. This gives peace of mind to both private and business users.

Service intervals for both petrol and diesel are 10,000 miles/12 months.

Technical Details

Fuel Consumption & Emissions Petrol


Urban - mpg 27.7/23.0 29.4/27.4
Extra urban - mpg 41.5/39.2 52.3/46.3
Combined - mpg 34.9/31.0 40.4/37.2
CO2 - g/km 191/215 185/205
Performance Petrol


Maximum speed - mph 110/106 107/106
0-62mph - secs 12.0/15.0 13.5/14.0

Insurance Group Ratings

New Carens LX (petrol & diesel versions) group 8

New Carens SE (petrol & diesel versions) group 9

Published : 21/10/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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