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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

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 33 - 49 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.

Entry-level five-seat version of the Carens are good value, but the seven-seat mid spec GS model is the best value for money choice. Running costs are low too, especially with the CRDi models which average 46mpg. Kia servicing is usually excellent value while newer models come with a five-year warranty, taking care of any unexpected costs for a large chunk of the cars life.

The five-seat model will be an attractively priced entry point to the range for people who don’t need the extra seats. The Carens offers higher power outputs than most rivals at the lower end of their ranges, and air conditioning is standard. Expect an asking price of about £13,000 for the 2.0 GS, and about £15,000 at the lower end of the diesel seven-seat versions.

Offering a four-speed automatic is a little disappointing, as a five-speed automatic would have offered better fuel consumption.

The Carens is relatively green but there are no super-low emissions models in the line-up. The diesel is unsurprisingly the cleaner engine of the two – it emits 165g/km of CO2 and returns 45mpg.

Kia has a good reputation for mechanical reliability and the Carens uses engines that have been proven in other models. There have been no recalls since it was introduced and we haven’t heard of any issues. The warranty was increased to seven years in 2010, showing what faith Kia has in its cars.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £180 - £360
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Insurance group 18 - 23
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