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Parkers overall rating: 2 out of 5 2.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 31 - 43 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

Residual value should be your biggest concern, unless you plan to keep Carens forever. Over three years, it's likely to lose around 60% of its value. Below-average fuel economy, though three-year roadside assistance is reassuring.

Carens is not particularly environmentally friendly. With an average of 194 g/km CO2 across the model line-up, its emissions are fairly standard for a people carrier. However, it's worth noting that the line up has a high number of diesel models, bringing the average down and giving buyers more choices of low-emission versions. Diesels typically produce less CO2 than petrol engines with similar power outputs.

The range is not particularly economical, averaging 36 mpg.

Owners have not reported any problems and Kia usually makes mechanically tough cars. The quality of the interior trim is a worry, though, and may cause problems later in the car's life.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £240 - £330
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Insurance group 15 - 17
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