In-depth Reviews

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

Read owner reviews
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.

Safety

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.

Most Popular

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
13 Apr 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

New Mercedes EQS electric saloon unveiled
2021 Mercedes EQS front 3/4 tracking
Mercedes
15 Apr 2021

New Mercedes EQS electric saloon unveiled

Best new car deals 2021
Skoda Fabia
Deals
16 Apr 2021

Best new car deals 2021

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
13 Apr 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Tips and advice
10 Nov 2020

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – what's the difference?
Tips and Advice
23 Mar 2020

PCP vs HP – what's the difference?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
24 Feb 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Best car interiors
Best cars
10 Mar 2020

Best car interiors

Best electric cars
Best cars
24 Dec 2020

Best electric cars

Best cheap-to-run cars
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
1 Feb 2021

Best cheap-to-run cars

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks
Hot hatches
9 Apr 2020

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks