The Schreyer Touch Reaches New Kia Carens
At the heart of buying a car it’s all about the look, but when a MPV is required heads take over. Now thanks to the Schreyer touch the new Kia Carens can satisfy head and heart. The Schreyer influence has created a MPV with a desirability effect, it will truely take you further than A to B!
New Carens is 20mm shorter, 15mm narrower and 45mm lower than before, which means that in size it sits right between the five-seat and seven-seat competitors. Cleverley thanks to a 50mm increase in wheelbase and lower seat positions it more than matches them for space, with abundant head, leg and shoulder room in all three rows of seats, while delivering the additional benefits of increased luggage space and a lower loading lip. The overall height of 1605mm is one of the lowest in class and 5mm lower to that of the Kia Soul.
There are now three individual sliding and reclining centre-row seats, all of which fold flat to ensure the ultimate in passenger-to-cargo versatility. A longer, wider and taller luggage area and – for the first time – an under-floor compartment to store the cargo screen adds to the practicality of the new Carens. The front passenger’s seat also folds flat to allow exceptionally long loads to be carried.
The practicalities are adorned in a rakish, sleek and sporty profile typical of the Schreyer-inspired modern Kia look. This new style benefits aerodynamics, fuel efficiency and refinement too.
Body-coloured or chrome exterior door handles and body-coloured door mirrors (with LED indicators and kerb lights on all but entry-level versions) are some premium touches, and most models have new-style alloy wheels and surface-mounted roof rails.
The front of the new Carens is dominated by the now familiar Schreyer ‘tiger-nose’ grille with a chrome edge and either black or high-gloss black mesh. The front is sharply contoured and voluminous, differentiating the Carens from the flat, dull appearance of most MPVs. Volume is also a feature of the stylish headlight units that include, as standard, cornering lights and LED daytime running lamps.
With the choice of three direct-injection engines – one petrol and two turbodiesels – a strong performance, outstanding fuel efficiency and excellent driveability is for certain.
The petrol engine is the 1.6-litre Gamma GDi direct-injection unit that, with 133bhp and 165Nm of torque, ensures relaxed motorway performance and easy-to-drive, flexible responses in stop-start driving. Combined fuel economy is 44.1mpg, with comfortably more than 53mpg possible when cruising, while CO2 emissions are an impressively low 149g/km. But this is not at the expense of brisk performance. The petrol Carens can accelerate from 0-60mph in 10.9 seconds and has a top speed of 115mph.
Both 1.7 CRDi power outputs are extremely clean and fuel-efficient. Combined cycle fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are 60.1mpg and 124g/km and 56.4mpg and 132g/km respectively, and a diesel particulate filter is fitted as standard.
The 1.7 CRDi version with the six-speed automatic transmission delivers 134bhp and 320Nm of torque between 1,750 – 2,500rpm, that allows a 0-60mph to be completed in 11.6 seconds and a top speed of 116mph. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are 46.3mpg and 159g/km.
Kia’s Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) engine stop-start system is standard on all manual-gearbox models. A new accelerator pedal design makes driving more comfortable with a design that puts less stress on the driver’s ankle articulation.
The new Carens is available with three trim and equipment packages, badged ‘1’, ‘2’ and ‘3’. Standard features include seven seats, projection headlights with cornering lamps, LED daytime running lamps, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, driver’s seat height adjustment and tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshift, a centre console armrest, air conditioning, rear air ventilation, steering wheel-mounted controls, front and rear electric windows, cruise control with a speed limiter, remote central locking, a six-speaker RDS radio/CD player with iPod connectivity, MP3 compatibility and Bluetooth with voice recognition and music streaming. Trim grades ‘1’ and ‘2’ also have a rear conversation mirror, which is replaced by the controls for the panoramic sunroof on trim grade ‘3’.
The mid-spec ‘2’ models have in addition 16-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, chrome window trim, fog lights, roof rails, automatic headlight control, rain-sensing front wipers, electrically folding door mirrors with LED indicators and kerbside lamps, dual-zone air conditioning, a luggage net, a portable LED luggage light and reversing sensors.
The top-grade ‘3’ versions are distinguished by 17-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, 10-way driver’s seat adjustment, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, aero blade-type front wipers with a de-icing system, second-row sun blinds and LED reading lights, and a colour reversing camera integrated into the centre fascia screen.
Models & Pricing
|‘1′ 1.6 GDi 133bhp 6-speed manual ISG 7-seat||44.1||149||13||£17,895|
|‘1’ 1.7 CRDi 114bhp 6-speed manual ISG 7-seat||60.1||124||12||£19,295|
|‘2′ 1.6 GDi 133bhp 6-speed manual ISG 7-seat||44.1||149||13||£19,195|
|‘2’ 1.7 CRDi 114bhp 6-speed manual ISG 7-seat||60.1||124||12||£20,595|
|‘2’ 1.7 CRDi 134bhp 6-speed automatic 7-seat||46.3||159||16||£21,995|
|‘3’ 1.7 CRDi 134bhp 6-speed manual ISG 7-seat||56.4||132||16||£23,895|