In-depth Reviews

Kia Carens owner reviews

"The Kia Carens is emblematic of the great leap forward Kia has made recently: it’s well built, well equipped, cheap to run and better-looking than many other MPVs"

Carbuyer Rating

3.7 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.7 out of 5

100%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

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  • 2reviews

Common Problems

  • Other (1 cases)

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

4

Year of registration

2017

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

36
Review
Cracking car and very comfortable. Loaded with extras which is great considering I drive more than 30k miles a year. I love the panoramic roof in summer and the heated seats and steering wheel in winter. The only downside is the fuel consumption. The tech spec suggests combined of 63 ish but I am lucky if I get 40 on a motorway at sensible speed.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.6 GDI Petrol SR7

Year of registration

2015

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35
Review
Petrol engine is quiet and quite economical in the real world. SR7 model is well equipped. This car is well built and free of any rattles/squeaks after one year (7000 miles all short trips apart from one trip to SW France). No problems at all in first year. Carries five adults for trips with no complaints. With rear seats six/seven left down, car has large boot which carries fold up electric scooter and shopping. First service completed under Kia Service plan with no issues. Recently changed tyres at 6700 miles to Michelin Cross Climate and car transformed with much less road noise and a more 'planted to road' feel. Overall, delighted with this car.
Reliability

5 out of 5

No problems at all in 7000 miles, one year.
Performance
This is not a sports model. Driven in a reasonable manner, I have no complaints with performance.
Running Cost
Purchased five year service plan which was good price. Average mpg 37 but obtained 44 mpg on trip to SW France. Insurance is cheap. Tyre replacement costs were also cheaper than previous vehicles. Overall this car is not expensive to run.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.7 Diesel, 3 spec

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

46
Review
Our Kia Carens 1.7 diesel 3 spec (used to be the range topper before 4 spec introduced) is a great family car. It is now just over 2 years old and has covered almost 19,000 miles without a single problem. It covers mostly shorter journeys (under 10 miles) but has also done plenty of longer jouneys of 150 to 400+ miles. At the moment we're getting just over 46mpg – without having to drive like Miss Daisy which I think is pretty good for a seven seater. It's very comfortable to drive, relaxing on longer motorway journeys, spacious and airy (especially with panoramic sunroof). Has lots of great and useful kit including voice control, heated seats/steering wheel, music streaming etc. Car pulls well and has plenty of power when fully loaded with five passengers and heaps of camping equipment (including roofbox). We've had smaller adults and some children in the rearmost seats and none have complained about lack of room, although the aircon doesn't really reach to the rear. A well made/very usable car which looks good for an MPV and drives very easily. If you have issues with the Kia badge, don't. This is more premium than you think, and more family friendly than just about any German medium sized car I've been in.
Reliability

5 out of 5

Has never missed a beat, and feels as solid as the day it left the showroom.
Performance
The 'expert' reviews always mark down the performance of this car – but not sure why. OK, it's not quite like driving a 'sports' car, but I enjoy driving this through the twisty roads of the Scottish Borders etc, it pulls well and has a bit of poke for a 7 seater (at least in 134hp diesel spec). The performance is enough to drive your family around safely and fairly quickly.
Running Cost
It's pretty good on fuel consumption (46+mpg), has hardly used oil etc, and the servicing is part of a very reasonable £300 for 3 years service plan.

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