All New Kia Carens Manages to Impress
|   Thursday, June 13, 2013
The Kia Carens is a spacious MPV, packed with features which distinguish it from its other market rivals. Primarily, the design aspect of the Carens is what sets it apart. The long nosed structure of the Carens makes it typically Kia and this designing element has been used in the Optima, Sport Age and the Cee'd. However, the hard work put in by the designers at Kia to design a vehicle which was unique in its appeal was lost the very moment the Vauxhall Zafira was launched.


Although The Zafira is a better looking MPV, the Carens was loaded with features which still made it the natural choice for many. However, a chunk of the sales surely went to the Zafira. The redesigned Carens is slightly shorter than its predecessors in most dimensions while subsequent changes have been made to the materials used in the body and chassis.

The Carens still sport the Macpherson strut suspension, which is directly lifted off its predecessor while the torsion rigidity of this vehicle is quite high. The advanced suspension settings make this vehicle easy to handle and drive on the road and Kia has added three electronic drive modes to this car to enable better drive feel. The Carens feature two engine options ranging from a 1.6 liter petrol engine displacing 133 BHP along with a 1.7 liter diesel engine displacing 114 BHP. Both engines are mated to a standard six speed transmission system while the shift ratios are linear which adds up to better performance.

There have been previous complaints regarding the quality of parts used in the Kia Carens. However, the company made sure that no such anomalies continued to the next generation model. Therefore, the current generation of the Kia Carens is a superbly efficient unit, available with the best quality parts when compared to the price segment.

The interior features the use of black carbon fiber and plastic parts while the instrument cluster is neat yet detailed. The second row now features individual seats instead of a bench and this as a result makes seating more comfortable. Head and leg room have also been increased, leaving people with more boot space. The luggage carrying capacity of the Carens has also increased with the vehicle now featuring a 492 liter boot which can be extended up to 1650 liters on removing the second row of seats.

The powerhouse behind the Carens is very impressive and smooth and the transmission options enhance power delivery. However, the Carens is a low emission, highly fuel efficient seven seated MPV and performance wise there is nothing to look forward to. However, Kia has offered enough considering the price point.

The Carens is drivable, economic and practical and great for long weekend rides. Cruising is fun in the new Kia Carens and torque displacement, although low, is well distributed. This makes driving within the city and on highways equally enthralling. With the new Carens, Kia is set to capture a large chunk of the market segment.
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