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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Kia Carens

Overall verdict
It’s handsome, well-built and pleasant, with Kia’s monster warranty an added draw.


Cheap, good looking, lots of space, and, err, cheap


S-Max is the better drive, interior is drab, meek petrol version


What is it?

It’s an important milestone for Kia, that’s what. Yes, it’s a seven-seat MPV, but it’s also the last of the company’s range to benefit from Peter Schreyer’s now famous ‘Tiger-nose’ design philosophy. And as a result, doesn’t it look like a handsome thing? Sure, it’s no Ferrari 488, but it’s certainly better looking than before, making it less likely to be used as a projectile for bored millionaires.

Naturally, it’s grown in stature, but in a pleasing way: it’s lower, longer and narrower than before with lots of room to spare on the inside. Space in an MPV is considered a good trait, we think.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.7 CRDi [139] 3 5dr
10.0s 118g/km 62.8 139 £24,245
The cheapest
1.6 GDi 1 5dr
10.9s 143g/km 45.6 133 £17,995
The greenest
1.7 CRDi 2 5dr
13.2s 117g/km 62.8 114 £20,940
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