Work, play, or a family trip – whatever your plans, the Kia Carens makes the perfect companion for life’s adventures. This innovative 7-seat, multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) combines space, comfort and versatility in one stylish package.
The Carens builds on the heritage of its popular predecessor whilst being shorter and narrower - delivering a more distinctive stance, greater stability and cornering ability. In addition, its 50mm increase in wheelbase provides one of the most spacious interiors in its class. The front styling is sporty yet sophisticated with a sharply contoured, wide bumper giving a dynamic edge to the Carens. Stylish body coloured exterior door handles enhance the overall look whilst the ‘2’ upwards benefits from stylish chrome door handles which complement the chrome window surrounds and at the rear the tailgate strip is finished in bright chrome to further enhance the all-round style. There are five models in the range comprising - Carens ‘1’, the new special edition ‘SR7’, Carens ‘2’, ‘3’ and the range-topping ‘4’. The range offers the ultimate in versatility as 7 seats are standard and like the rest of the Kia range, all benefit from our pioneering 7-year warranty.
Kia Carens price starting from just £19,300 and available to buy from Underwoods - Kia Main Dealer in Colchester, Essex.
The Kia Carens isn’t just spacious and versatile, it is beautifully designed too. Just take a look at the distinctive Kia ‘tiger nose’ chrome front grille surround which boasts a high gloss black mesh (Carens ‘2’ upwards) and is flanked by impressive wide headlights which enhance the dynamic design.
All models feature projection headlights, cornering lights and stylish LED daytime running lights which significantly improve your visibility to oncoming traffic. The addition of front quarter glass ensures better driver visibility and contributes to a brighter cabin. All windows are tinted but on the new special edition ‘SR7’ models upwards, stylish privacy glass is added to the rear windows and tailgate which enhances the exterior appearance but also improves the cabin environment by reducing bright light, heat energy and UV light. The ‘2’ upwards feature the convenience of welcome and follow-me-home light functionality where the headlights remain lit to guide the driver’s route at night.
The Carens features the highest quality materials and is ergonomically designed to offer the ultimate in comfort for an exhilarating yet relaxed driving experience however long the journey. Soft-touch materials are used throughout the cabin creating a contemporary feel and the ‘2’ upwards boasts a stylish high-gloss grille pattern on the dashboard, upper centre console and door trim which adds to the stylish look of the cabin. Thoughtful touches such as the low positioning of the windscreen base and wide, sweeping dashboard enhance the all-round visibility.
All models feature the luxury of a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshift. Ideal for motorway driving, the cruise control feature allows the driver to maintain a constant speed and enhances fuel economy. For passenger comfort air conditioning is a standard feature whilst on the new special edition ‘SR7’ model upwards dual automatic air conditioning with an ioniser offers independent temperature control for the driver and front passenger to suit individual preferences and the ioniser automatically eliminates interior odours for a healthier and pleasant environment. Also the rear air ventilation feature offers extra comfort for passengers seated in the rear of the car.
Flooding the cabin with light, the Carens ‘3’ and ‘4’ models boast a panoramic sunroof which extends over both front and rear passengers but can be screened in both areas via the one-touch electric roll blinds with sliding function to block out the sun.
Alternatively, slide the electric sunroof open to fill the cabin with fresh air. The front glass panel features an electric tilt-and-slide function for added flexibility, ventilation and comfort – all at the touch of a button.
A plethora of intelligent solutions and intuitively laid out controls offer up-to-the minute driving information and entertainment so you arrive at your destination in a relaxed mood. There’s a sophisticated 6-speaker audio system and CD player with USB/AUX ports to listen to your favourite music on the move. Plug in your iPod or memory stick and turn the Carens into your own mobile concert venue.
To ensure you always stay focused on the road ahead, steering wheel mounted controls help you operate audio features safely without the need to move your hands away from the wheel.
Bluetooth® with voice recognition and music streaming is a sophisticated communication and safety feature. Use it to make calls conveniently with the handsfree voice activated function. You can even play music wirelessly via your mobile phone or Bluetooth® enabled device.
A 7" touchscreen satellite navigation system with European mapping is standard on the range-topping Carens '4'. Integrated into the centre fascia the system has full UK postcode recognition and includes other useful features such as a Traffic Management Channel and Points of Interest.
Parallel Park Assist System
The Carens can even help you park your vehicle easily and conveniently with the Parallel Park Assist System (PPAS) (‘4’ grades) - This clever system searches for a parallel parking space via 10 sensors (6 at the front and 4 at the rear) and once found, calculates the optimum route to park the vehicle into the space. The steering wheel is operated automatically, therefore all the driver needs to do is select the appropriate gear displayed on the LCD display and control the accelerator and brake.
Reversing camera integrated into the centre fascia screen (‘3’ and ‘4’ grades only) - The popular reversing camera feature is combined with reversing sensors which help minimise the collision risks involved when parking or manoeuvring. The rear camera view shows superimposed parking guidelines to assist the driver in easier, more effective parking. Reversing sensors are a standard feature on the new special edition ‘SR7’ models upwards.
Versatility is the hallmark of an MPV, so the Carens duly delivers with plenty of space and a flexible 7-seat configuration. Carens offers generous head and legroom in the first and second row seats whilst the third row is able to seat two adults comfortably. The second row seats offer three same sized individual split, flat-folding seats which also slide and recline for maximum seating flexibility or ample luggage space options depending on your need.
The third row features 50:50 individual split-folding seats, enabling one or two seats to be in an upright position. Both seats can fold flat to the floor when not in use, which provides ample loading capacity and extra boot space to facilitate transportation of bulky items. For additional ease of loading the front passenger and second-row seats can also fold.
The seats in the Carens have been engineered not only for maximum versatility but also for increased ride comfort. Innovative technologies include the electric powered lumbar support (Carens '3' and '4' models) - the back cushion of the driver’s seat features additional support at the touch of a button to ensure maximum comfort and minimal fatigue on extended journeys. The front passenger seat backrest can be conveniently folded forward to create additional space in the cabin for extra long items.
The useful conversation mirror ('1', new special edition 'SR7' and '2' grades) is cleverly hidden in the front overhead console space. When pressed the mirror flips down and provides a rear cabin view so the driver is able to safely observe passengers in the rear seats, especially useful when travelling with children on board.
The Carens offers a myriad of storage solutions. At the front, the centre console features cupholders and a lidded storage tray as well as a robust storage box for keeping contents safe and out of view. The outer second row seats feature the convenience of a walk-in device to ensure easy access to the third row seats. With both the second and third row seats folded flat, the Carens provides a massive luggage capacity of up to 1,650 litres.
The luggage area boasts convenient net hooks and there are numerous storage areas for bottles or loose items in the front and rear door pockets.
Even the third row seats feature convenient cupholders and the ‘2’ upwards also comes with a luggage net which keeps items from moving around whilst travelling. The detachable LED torchlight ('2' upwards) can be mounted into the luggage side wall socket to recharge and acts as the luggage light too.
Superior power and efficiency
The Carens features a range of fuel-efficient engines. The 1.6 litre petrol 133 bhp 6-speed manual ISG features a Gasoline Direct Injection (GDi) engine which results in CO2 emissions from just 149 g/km – better for the environment and your running costs. The advantage of a GDi engine is increased fuel efficiency and a higher power output. Fuel is highly pressurised and injected via a common rail fuel line directly into the combustion chamber of each cylinder instead of the conventional multi-point fuel injection which occurs in the intake track. As a result, emission levels can be more accurately controlled due to the precise amount of fuel injected which improves efficiency. Carens also features a highly-advanced 1.7 litre CRDi (diesel) 114 bhp 6-speed manual and a 1.7 litre CRDi 134 bhp version which is available in a choice of 6-speed manual ISG or automatic. All manual models incorporate Kia’s Intelligent Stop and Go (ISG) technology with CO2 emissions as low as 120 g/km. Excellent performance is achieved via these technologically advanced variable geometry turbocharged engines which deliver a clean, quiet and highly fuel-efficient drive whilst maximising torque and power.
All Carens models with manual transmission are available with Kia’s advanced EcoDynamics technology. This fuel-stretching Intelligent Stop and Go (ISG) technology can help save up to 12% more fuel and reduce your carbon footprint – simply by cutting the vehicle’s engine off whenever the car is stationary. When you come to a stop, select neutral and remove your foot from the clutch and the engine will switch off automatically. When you are ready to move off again, simply press the clutch and the engine will re-start instantly. All elements work together to create what we call ‘EcoDynamics’. Clever stuff! This means reduced fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions – from just 120 g/km.