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Kia Carens MPV (2013-2019) - Reliability & safety

The Kia Carens has proven engines and a solidly built interior

Carbuyer Rating

3.7 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.7 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

The Carens’ interior, despite using some hard plastics that don’t look great, feels well built and should pass the test of time. The old Carens was a reliable car and this trait should carry over to the current model, as it uses mechanical parts that have already proven their reliability in other Kias. The Kia Carens is also a safe car, with excellent crash-test scores and a decent amount of safety kit.

Kia Carens reliability

Reliability shouldn’t be a worry in the Carens. While Kia as a brand finished 14th in our 2016 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, a 10th place for reliability places it firmly in the top third of manufacturers when it comes to dependability. Also, the Carens uses mechanical parts that have been well proven in the rest of the company’s range, and Kia provides free updates for cars fitted with sat nav. And of course, the Carens comes with that industry-leading seven-year/100,000-mile warranty, which should give you excellent peace of mind.


The Carens received a five-star rating when it was crash-tested by Euro NCAP and comes with six airbags, three-point seatbelts all round, plus electronic stability control. There’s also anti-lock brakes, hill-start assistance to stop rolling backwards when parking or setting off, ISOFIX child-seat mounts, plus an alarm and immobiliser to deter or frustrate car thieves.

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