KIA Carens Review
Require a break from hustle city’s life? Lose yourself in the classy craftsmanship and class-leading inserts which the new Kia Carens offers. South Korean production, the Kia Carens reflects a modish multi-purpose vehicle which was launched in the year 1999. In other export markets this minivan is promoted with different nameplate as Kia Rondo. With number of upgrades and refinements, the manufacturer successfully unveiled the new Carens in March 2013 leading to a higher sale level in the global auto market.
Engine, mileage & variants
The new Kia Carens is packed with 1.7 litre Inline 4-cylinder DOHC employed with CRDi and VGT intercooler turbo delivering desired performance to its occupants. This 1.7 litre U2 diesel engine, gives power output of 136 PS at 4000 rpm and torque of 319 Nm between 1750 to 2500 rpm with 6-speed automatic transmission. With this powerful engine this minivan can attain 0-100 kmph speed mark in 12.0 seconds and top speed will remain as 186 kmph. Fuel economy of 12.9 kmpl is delivered in combined driving situations. Further, this MPV is available in two variants namely LX and EX.
Kia Carens with its sophisticated and strong exterior profile proposes a best utility car specifically for your urban requirements. Cutting-edge technology and purpose with more visibility is easily revealed through stylish set of headlamps placed at lower side of the bumper, body colored side mirrors integrated with turn indicators, outside door handles and high mounted stop lamps integrated on rear spoiler. In addition, the exterior dimensions measuring as 4525 mm x 1805 mm x 1610 mm (L X W X H) along with the wheelbase of 2570 mm demonstrates the meaning of subtle which makes it a perfect MPV lineage. Distinctively designed wheels comprising the size of 16 inch enhance the sportiness and robust appearance of this prominent MPV.
Versatility is considered as the hallmark for an MPV, and new Kia Carens is placed at the head of the package with its roomy cabin, flexible seating arrangement and intuitive storage compartments provided in this multi-talented player. The appointed panoramic sunroof enabling you to enjoy the fresh natural light hue to illuminate the cabin. Its adaptable seating configuration consisting 1st row partial and 2nd-3rd row foldable seats let you access cargo space limited to 103-litres to expandable 2150-litres. With its ergonomically designed cockpit in which all the controls are intuitively placed at your fingertips and sweeping dashboard gives a true sense of sophistication to the occupants. The manufacturer has given this MPV a high-fidelity 6-speaker audio unit featuring radio, CD and MP3 which can be controlled conveniently by using 4.3 inch TFT LCD touch screen equipped on the dash.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
Firm braking and handling of new Kia Carens is taken care by responsive combination of braking-suspension mechanism increasing your confidence and built-up trust while driving this car. The appointed Lane departure warning system keep you aware about the cross traffic and other vehicles that are running parallel to your van. Driving on hilly roads is easy with the hill-start assist control (HAC) as it prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards. The manufacturer have provided this car with smart parking system which assist you and raise audible signal against any close appearing obstruction. Besides, other safety elements loaded in this car includes McPherson strut front suspension with torsion beam set up at rear axle providing exceptional handling, rear view camera, electronic stability control and so on.
Intuitively designed, multi-purpose vehicle Kia Carens is pretty much good in terms of its practical aspects but might prick a hole in your pocket due to its high running cost.