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Kia Carens Estate review

2013 - 2019 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 54.0

At a glance

Price new £18,050 - £28,240
Used prices £2,629 - £15,686
Road tax cost £20 - £255
Insurance group 12 - 18
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 574 - 855 miles
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Pros & cons


Seven seats as standard, cheap to buy, long warranty, spacious


Resale values might struggle, not particularly exciting

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


Like the previous model, Kia’s all-new Carens compact MPV promises practicality and space, but this time it has a modicum of style. It’s not radical, but the more modern design replaces the rather humdrum outgoing model which traded on value and fitness for purpose.

New from the ground up, the ’13-on Carens is an affordable people carrier with a long wheelbase affording passengers plenty of leg- and headroom as well as a sizeable load area.

Interior improvements

Interior quality on the previous model wasn’t particularly awe-inspiring but this third-generation Carens is an absolute improvement. Better materials, soft-touch plastics and a swisher cabin design make the Carens more desirable and when you factor in Kia’s seven-year warranty and seven-seats fitted as standard it becomes a sensible proposition for families.

The seven seat arrangement involves three rows of seats. The second row comprises three ISOFIX-compatible seats, all of which are mounted on individual runners and adjust independently. Behind them, there are a further two seats integrated into the boot floor in a 50:50 split.

They are simple and quick to lift into position by pulling a strap mounted on the back of the seats themselves. To drop them back into the floor, simply pull the strap again and they fold away neatly.

Greater visual appeal

Under the skin is an all-new platform (with bits borrowed from the popular cee’d hatchback) and the new Carens is shorter, narrower and lower than the previous model. The wheelbase has been increased, however, and the windscreen moved further forwards to free up some extra interior space. To its credit, despite the Carens’ seven-seat capacity it doesn’t look or feel all that big on the road and is easy to manoeuvre.

The new Carens is the final model in the Kia range to be updated with the company’s current ‘tiger-nose grille’ look, and it appears far more modern and attractive than the outgoing Carens and Sedona models it replaces.