Kia Carens

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How much does the Kia Carens cost to run?

The 1.7L diesel is the most economical Kia Carens to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency.

The Kia Carens 1.7L diesel costs £20.00 a year to tax, as it sits in tax band B.

It does just over 67 MPG on average, which means it will cost £9.00* in diesel every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Nissan Note 1.5L diesel and the more thirsty Volkswagen Touran 1.6L diesel.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 12, which is lower than the Renault Grand Scenic 1.7L diesel, but higher than the Vauxhall Meriva 1.7L diesel. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Peugeot Partner Tepee has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model1.6L diesel1.7L diesel2.0L diesel
mpg49.646.3 - 67.239.8
emissions149109 - 159189
tax£160.00£20.00 - £200.00£300.00
insuranceGroup 18 - 19Group 12 - 17Group 22

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Kia Carens: How big is the boot?

The Kia Carens has an above average boot space (451 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This would allow one pushchair and 2 large bags. Alternatively you could load up with 3 large bags or 3 cabin bags instead.

Worth knowing, the Citroen Berlingo Multispace MPV is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 5 large bags with its 762 litres.

Is the Kia Carens easy to park?

The Kia Carens is very middle of the road - it fills three quarters of a space. There are lots of wider cars, but just as many that are narrower and feel easier to park. For example, the Nissan Note.

When it comes to parking on the street, the Carens is one of the hardest. It has a turning circle of 11m, and a length of 4528m, giving you a relatively small 272mm gap to turn the car in and out.

If you don’t have a drive, you should look at the best in class for parallel parking instead, the Kia Venga.

Which Kia Carens has the best performance?

The fastest Kia Carens from 0-60, is the 1.7L diesel (if you’re a petrol head, it has 340 lbs/ft torque and 139 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 10 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the Citroen C4 Picasso 2.0L diesel, which will beat your Kia Carens to 60 by 0.1 seconds. That’s a big gap in Formula 1, but not something you would notice in your commute to work.

Engine options

model1.6L diesel1.7L diesel2.0L diesel
zeroTo6212.110 - 12.712.6
torque260260 - 340305
bhp126114 - 139138

What size caravan or trailer, can the Kia Carens tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the Kia Carens 1.7L diesel which has 340 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 1500kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.