Used Kia Carens (2006 - 2011) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 02 Sep 2013
3.5
The Kia Carens is a good value people carrier that majors on equipment and interior space. It's similar in length to the Vauxhall Zafira but comes better equipped and crucially, can be chosen with seven seats - this makes it ideal for larger families with younger children.
Kia Carens (06-11)
Available with seven seats, well equipped, plenty of on board storage, good diesel engine, long warranty
Light steering, slack gear change, boxy rear styling

New price range:

£10,985 - £18,865

Used price range:

£425 - £4,208

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3.5 out of 5

The Kia Carens is a good value people carrier that majors on equipment and interior space. It's similar in length to the Vauxhall Zafira but comes better equipped and crucially, can be chosen with seven seats - this makes it ideal for larger families with younger children. It's far from a budget car though, with a comfortable and well built cabin while practicality is excellent thanks to rear seats that fold down easily to create a huge load space.

So while it may not be the most stylish or modern of people carriers, the Carens is an affordable and versatile family car. All models from January 2010 come with a seven-year warranty as standard, which replaced the previous five years, making the Carens even better value.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3.5 out of 5

Performance

3 out of 5

Handling

3 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

3.5 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

4 out of 5

Green credentials

3 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

4.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 Nothing in particular, negative or positive. Good, sensible design.  

1 out of 5

Joseph Cant ,   03 Oct 2015    ... read more

 Fitting a growing family of six quite comfortably for long distance journeys.  

4 out of 5

Dd Shah ,   27 Aug 2014    ... read more

 Everything. It's unfussy, easy to drive, easy to maintain and to keep clean.  

5 out of 5

A D ,   22 Apr 2013    ... read more

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