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The Kia Carens is here!

The Kia Carens available from local dealers MQI.

It was a soft launch for new Kia Carens at dealers McEnearneyQuality Inc recently.

It is a family-friendly seven-seater with a supple ride and a smart interior, but like many MPVs, it’s pretty ordinary to drive, and access to the rear seats isn’t great.

The Kia Carens blends an appealing and practical interior with a comfortable ride. It might not be sizzling to drive, but it’s competitively priced and well equipped, and is definitely one of the better mid-size MPVs.

It gets its power from either a 1.6-litre petrol and 114bhp and 134bhp versions of a 1.7-litre diesel engines. The petrol engine is smooth but feels gutless at low revs, but the 134bhp diesel has no trouble hauling around a heavily loaded Carens, although it’s not as flexible as some engines in rival MPVs; you have to keep the revs above about 1600rpm. The lower-powered diesel isn’t as quick, but it’s more flexible and has a smoother power delivery.

There’s a lot to be said for the seven-seater Kia Carens’ blend of style and versatility, especially if you’re looking for good-value pricing and cheap day-to-day running costs. Its contemporary design and high equipment levels make it a genuinely interesting alternative for MPV buyers.

On the downside, it’s a little less spacious than some of its seven-seat rivals, and the performance and handling is somewhat mundane.

But while the first two generations of the model made no bones about their budget background, the latest model has aimed to change buyers’ perceptions, with stylish looks and technology borrowed from the Cee'd hatch.

The Carens is now Kia's largest MPV, despite having more compact dimensions than the Sedona it replaces. It’s certainly a more attractive visual proposition and is the final car to receive Kia's upmarket new look, created by ex-Audi design chief Peter Schreyer.

FOOTNOTES

1 Pricing, specifications, availability and terms of offers may change without notice. Prices on this page are listed in Barbados Dollars (BBD) and exclude taxes, duties and preparation expenses. Prices are valid for the period ending August 2018.

2 On the Road charges comprise of: Road Tax, Number Plates, Tint, Rust Proofing and Mats

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