Smash open the piggy bank... prices for the new Kia Carens have fallen by £2,000.
Smash open the piggy bank... prices for the new Kia Carens have fallen by £2,000. This saving applies across the entire range of this memorable multi-purpose vehicle. As such, the entry-level model now costs £12,705 and the top-end trim is £17,000. Far preferable to £14,705 and £19,000, respectively - although these figures are pre-negotiation “list” prices.Smash open the piggy bank... the Kia Carens' boot can feel larger than the world's biggest pigsty. Why? Because maximum cargo capacity - with the rear seats folded flat – is 2,106- litres. That is more than the warehouse-like Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate. But, the Carens has a split personality. The five seater version's 'seat up' capacity is 430-litres, whereas the seven seater is limited to 74-litres. So, the former carries a similar amount as the Ford Focus Estate; but the latter's boot feels smaller than Britain's “meanest” sausage. Smash open the piggy bank... the Kia Carens is backed-up by a seven year manufacturer's warranty. Furthermore, 1.6-litre 126bhp diesel versions average a cost- cutting 49.6mpg - leaving motorists with plenty of cash for “nice” sausages. These diesels reach 62mph in a reasonable 12.1 seconds. The 130bhp 1.6-litre petrol version is slightly quicker, but only returns 39.2mpg. All have five/six-speed manual transmission. That brings us to handling. Well, it is an MPV – from Korea – so steady progress is the name of the game. But the Carens has never claimed to be engaging – just a no-hassle workhorse with a monstrous maximum cargo capacity. BBQ, anyone? We have lots of smashed pork?