If you were ever asked to name a seven-seat medium-sized MPV, the chances are that you wouldnít necessarily remember the Kia Carens. Most would mention Fordís Grand C-MAX and the CitroÎn Grand C4 Picasso, or at a push the Renault Grand Scenic, but the seven-seat Kia wouldnít be on the tip of anyoneís tongue. For 2017, Kia is hoping to change all of that, with a refreshed version of the companyís most versatile people carrier now on sale. Revised bumpers front and rear, together with skid plates are designed to give the Carens a crossover-like appearance, while a wider chrome grille and updated tail lights freshen the appearance further. Thereís a selection of new alloy wheels, while on the inside the central fascia has been redesigned so that the touchscreen can be accommodated. The beige upholstery choice on our car gives a lighter ambience to the cabin, but may come in for some punishment from grubby fingered kids.
You can read the full report on this Kia Carens in the January 2017 issue of Diesel Car. Order a back issue by clicking here and choosing a single issue.
Spacious, versatile cabin. Excellent refinement with a comfortable ride. Smooth manual gearbox. Seven-year warranty. Well-equipped and good value for the money.
Steering could do with more feel. Cream interior may suffer at the hands of a punishing family. Rear seat back plastics are hard on the knees.