Available with seven seats, well equipped, plenty of on board storage, good diesel engine, long warranty
Light steering, slack gear change, boxy rear styling
The Kia Carens is a good value people carrier that majors on equipment and interior space. It's similar in length to the Vauxhall Zafira but comes better equipped and crucially, can be chosen with seven seats - this makes it ideal for larger families with younger children. It's far from a budget car though, with a comfortable and well built cabin while practicality is excellent thanks to rear seats that fold down easily to create a huge load space.
So while it may not be the most stylish or modern of people carriers, the Carens is an affordable and versatile family car. All models from January 2010 come with a seven-year warranty as standard, which replaced the previous five years, making the Carens even better value.