Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Trio of engines available

There are three engine choices: a 1.7-litre turbodiesel available with either 114bhp or 134bhp and a 1.6-litre petrol engine with 133bhp. All engines are paired with a six-speed manual transmission as standard. An automatic gearbox is available too, although not with the lower-powered diesel engine.

So the Carens now looks the part, but is it a genuine contender if you’re in the market for a compact people carrier?

To find out, read on for our full Kia Carens review.