If you’re in the market for an MPV you might like to have a look at the 2013 Kia Carens. It’s a far more desirable car than the car it replaces and it’s got Kia’s new “tiger nose” corporate grille. It will be available with five or seven seats in most markets, but in the UK we’ll only have the seven seater for now.
The new model is based on the Cee’d hatchback but it should be just as practical as its functional predecessor. There are three rows of seats as you’d expect and the middle row seats can be reclined and positioned independent of each other. The back row space is good for children and small adult but the legroom’s better in other vehicles like the Peugeot 5008. Getting to the final row of seats isn’t as easy in the Kia Carens as it is in the Peugeot but the Kia’s just as practical as all five rear seats can be folded away to leave a flat boot space.
There are three engine choices including a 1.6 petrol with 114 hp and another with 134 hp. There’s only one diesel option, a 1.7. As it’s the most powerful car in the range, it’s the pick of the bunch if you’re in need of Kia’s MPV to carry heavy loads.
There are no details on the new model’s pricing and its full specs are still to be unveiled, but we’re expecting the new Carens to be more affordable than rivals like the Peugeot 5008, Vauxhall Zafira and Toyota Verso with a similar trim level. There’s also the added benefit of the seven-year warranty that all Kia’s come with.