The Kia Carens is a practical, seven-seat compact people carrier designed to compete with the Vauxhall Zafira and Toyota Verso. But while its basic appeal means it's practical, fuss-free transport for large families, it doesn’t offer much more than that. In many respects it feels a step behind more recent Kias, such as the Kia Cee’d and the Kia Soul. The cabin is bland and fashioned from hard grey plastics, and the driving position lacks adjustment. It is well priced, however.
- Improved design
- Comfort and refinement
- Practical seven-seat layout
- Getting expensive
- Rear seats only for occasional use
- Not the best driver’s MPV
The Kia Carens is the latest and last Kia to feature the firm's up-to-date design, technology and engineering to allow it compete with Europe's best. However, it now comes with a price tag to match. The new car replaces both the previous Carens and the larger Sedona and is now only available with seven seats.