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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The Carens was awarded four stars for adult occupant protection in Euro NCAP crash tests. That's not a poor result by any means, but alternatives like the Mazda5 and Vauxhall Zafira gained the maximum five stars. Six airbags are standard and electronic stability control (which corrects the cars line during skidding) is available as an option.

The seven-seat version of the Carens is a good choice for larger families, but the downside is that luggage room is minimal when all seven seats are being used with just 74 litres of boot space. Both second and third-row seats fold flat (the middle row has a 60/40 split) and the mechanism for folding them is very straightforward. There are plenty of useful storage compartments in the cabin including a large central cubby and big door pockets too.

One quirk that doesn't quite work is the foot-operated parking brake - it's especially tricky in manual cars.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Kia Carens (06-11).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Space saver spare wheel

1 equipment

1 standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
1 optional equipment
None available

2 equipment

2 standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Space saver spare wheel
2 optional equipment
None available

3 equipment

3 standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Space saver spare wheel
3 optional equipment
None available

GS equipment

GS standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
GS optional equipment
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Space saver spare wheel

GS5 equipment

GS5 standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Space saver spare wheel
GS5 optional equipment
None available

LS equipment

LS standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Space saver spare wheel
LS optional equipment
  • Cruise control

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
S optional equipment
  • Remote locking

S5 equipment

S5 standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
S5 optional equipment
  • Remote locking

SR equipment

SR standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Space saver spare wheel
SR optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating

The Kia Carens (06-11) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 4 stars
  • Child Occupant - 3 stars
  • Vulnerable road users - 1 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.