Kia Carens is a product of Korean automaker Kia which was launched in year 1999. Also known as Kia Rondo, the third generation of this compact MPV was launched in year 2013 with some new features to attract buyers. The exterior of Carens gives a sporty feel with its body colored bumpers, body colored door mirrors, body colored/chrome finished door handles, rear spoiler, roof rails and privacy glass at rear windows. Other features include projection headlights, automatic headlight control, cornering lights, welcome and follow-me-home light, front fog light, LED daytime running lights, LED high mounted brake lights and rain sensing front wipers. The 'Tiger Nose' chrome grille with black mesh complements the look of this MPV.Kia Carens comes with the option of choosing between a 5-seater or a 7-seater depending on your need. The 7-seater variant can easily accommodate 5 adults in the first and second row, whereas a dedicated third row can be used to seat children. This MPV is designed with some high-end features, viz, cruise control, tilt & telescopic steering wheel, automatic defog system, heated seats for all the passengers, 10-way power driver's seat, rear air ventilator, lumber support for driver and front seat passenger and remote central door locking. The panoramic sunroof of Carens steals the show by allowing the passengers to enjoy a landscape view of the horizon above. The contemporary dashboard of this MPV flaunts instrument panel with a speedometer with good visibility to make it easy for the driver to track the speed of the vehicle.Kia Carens embeds RDS radio/ CD audio with MP3, AUX & USB ports for connection of an audio media device (iPod/ memory stick)and Bluetooth with voice recognition & music streaming to entertain its passengers. The MPV also boasts decent safety features to keep its passengers and driver safe. The Hill-start assist control, lane Departure warning system, Electronic Stability Control, Smart Parking Assist System and rear view camera of this MPV help in delivering a safe ride. Talking about the power delivered by Carens, the powerhouse of this MPV is a Nu 2.0 MPI engine which delivers a maximum power of 152 PS at 6,500 rpm with a peak torque of 194 Nm at 4,800 rpm.
This dedicated Nu 2.0-litre petrol MPI engine of Kia Carens delivers a decent overall mileage of 12.8 km/l if driven under standard driving conditions. The maximum fuel capacity of this vehicle is 58 litres which makes it a good ride for long drives with family and friends.
The Nu 2.0 MPI 4-cylinder, 16 valve engine of Carens delivers a peak power of 152 PS at 6,500 rpm along in line with a peak starting torque measuring 194 Nm at 4,800 rpm which is decent to say the least, considering Carens is a dedicated compact MPV.
The powerful Nu 2.0 MPI engine of Carens MPV takes just 9.5 seconds to accelerate from a stand still position to touch the 100 km/hr mark with a peak speed of 211 km/h proving it to be a powerful and advance engine for a MPV.
Kia Carens comes with a sporty exterior to attract its onlookers. The 'Tiger Nose' Chrome front grille surrounded with black high gloss mesh gives an elegant look to this MPV. Body colored bumpers, body colored/chrome finished door handles, body colored door mirrors, rear spoiler, roof rails and privacy glass at rear windows are employed in this vehicle to complement the sporty look of Carens. Projection headlights, cornering lights, automatic headlight control, welcome & follow-me-home light, front fog light, LED daytime running lights, LED high mounted brake lights and rain sensing front wipers of this vehicle helps the driver to drive in dark with the same confidence and fun as in daylight. The wing-shaped folding two-tone side mirrors with LED turn signal lights and puddle lamps not only enhance the beauty of this MPV but also adds safety to the arsenal.
Kia Carens measures at 4,525 mm in length, 1,805 mm in width and 1,610 in height. The wheelbase of this MPV is 2,750 mm and minimum ground clearance stands at 151 mm. The ground clearance looks a tad-bit lower for a dedicated MPV to run this vehicle efficiently on hilly/mounted areas.
The ergonomically design of the cockpit of this MPV emphasises on the comfort of its driver. With some high-end features like cruise control and powerful steering, the driver can always enjoy driving this vehicle at any length. The contemporary dashboard of Carens feature its instrument panel with a speedometer with simple design yet good visibility. The steering has audio controls and cruise control to make it easy for the driver to handle these features. The 10-way power driver's seat can be electronically adjusted and the front seats for driver and the passenger additionally have lumber support to provide the best comfort during long drives. The panoramic sunroof allows the passengers to enjoy natural light and fresh air and adding that 'cool urban' look to the exterior of Kia Carens.
Kia Carens employs tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment to make it comfortable for the driver to drive without getting tired, the leather trimmed steering wheel and leather & chrome trimmed gearshift add comfort and make them look stylish. Faux leather door armrest and centre trim, automatic defog system, rear air ventilator, vanity mirror illumination for driver and front passenger and remote central door locking with fold-away key add comfort to this stylish MPV. A heated device installed inside the steering wheel keeps it warm and helps the driver to drive comfortably even during cold weather. The heated seats would give equal comfort to the passengers and driver and make it a fun ride every time during temperature drop. The engine of this vehicle can be turned on and off with just a push of a button in Carens to avoid any hassle of inserting key.
Carens is designed to accommodate 7 passengers including the driver divided amongst 5 adults and 2 children. This compact MPV is also available with a choice of 5 seater or 7 seater depending on your need. The interior of this MPV measures 2,454 mm at length, 1,513 mm at width and 1,264 mm at height. The interior is spacious and gives good legroom and headroom keeping in view the wheelbase and height. The boot size is 103 litres (quite disappointing in case of the 7 seater) which can be expanded to 492 litres after folding the third row seat. This storage compartment can be further enhanced to a maximum of 1650 litres after folding the second row seats. A cargo space under the storage compartment is also given under the floor at the rear if this vehicle. Some small storages in form of glovebox and bevy door pockets are also given in this MPV to store petty things.
The Nu 2.0 MPI engine of Kia Carens churns a maximum power of 152 PS at 6,500 rpm along with a maximum torque of 194 Nm at 4,800 rpm. The Multi-port Injection system employed on this 2.0-litre engine alongside giving huge numerical outputs also provides the MPV with better mileage, acceleration and enhances overall performance of the drive.
Kia Carens sports 6-speaker system, RDS radio/ CD audio with MP3, AUX & USB ports for connection of an audio media device and Bluetooth with voice recognition & music streaming coupled with a decent touchscreen (4.3 inch) in the middle of the dashboard. These accessories would deliver entertainment to the passengers and make it a fun filled ride. Other accessories in form of external temperature, door open, clock & date display and washer fluid warning are also given in this Indonesian MPV to keep the occupants informed while driving.
Kia Carens is employed with 16 inch alloy wheels with the tyre size measuring 205/55/ R16. These wheels and tires keep a firm grip on road to deliver a safe and steady ride to its occupants.
Kia Carens is equipped with ventilated disc brakes at front wheels and solid disc brakes at rear wheels to provide the best braking and safety everytime. The McPherson Strut type front suspension and Coupled Torsion Beam Axle (CTBA) type rear suspension ensures good handling of the vehicle even at high speeds.
Kia Carens is equipped with decent safety features to keep its occupants safe. Hill-start assist control of this vehicle helps the driver in mounting to a slopy/elevated area, Lane Departure warning system monitors the vehicle's position and indicate the driver if lane is changed without any indicators, Electronic Stability Control feature provides optimized braking and engine torque control, Smart Parking Assist System alerts the driver for any obstruction while parking through its front and rear parking sensors, rear view camera of Carens helps the driver to check the rear view closely to avoid any accident. Indonesian Kia Carens is not equipped with ABS but a disc in all the four wheels to brake the car works efficiently.