New Kia Carens awarded 5 star Euro NCAP
Maximum safety for the new compact MPV
The all new Kia Carens MPV has been awarded a maximum five star safety rating by Europe’s leading road safety organisation Euro NCAP. The Carens achieved high scores for Adult Occupant Protection (94per cent), Child Occupant Protection (76per cent), Safety Assist equipment (81per cent) and Pedestrian protection (64per cent) and is one of only two compact MPV models to earn five-stars in the 2013 Euro NCAP tests.
Benny Oeyen, Vice President Marketing and Product Planning, Kia Motors Europe said “from the beginning of the new Carens’ development programme, Kia engineers were dedicated to creating a compact MPV with the very best structure and safety technology to protect drivers, their families and pedestrians in the event of an accident. In the last five years, Euro NCAP testing criteria has become tougher, making it harder for manufacturers’ products to be awarded top marks. It is a testament to Kia’s ongoing commitment to improving vehicle safety that we are able to once again achieve the highest rating with new Carens which has great appeal for families with an active lifestyle who seek both style and practicality.”
The all new Kia Carens is priced from £17,895. The seven seat compact MPV is slightly shorter, narrower and lower than its predecessor. It is offered with a choice of three highly efficient and modern engines, one petrol and two turbodiesels. The petrol engine is the 1.6-litre Gamma GDi direct-injection unit, this engine is capable of 0-60mph in 10.9 seconds and can go on to a top speed of 115mph. Standard specification includes features such as air conditioning, leather trimmed steering wheel, seven seats, all round electric windows, body coloured bumpers, door handles and wing mirrors as well as a comprehensive list of safety features. The Carens is available in four specifications- ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’ and ‘3 Sat Nav’.
Standard safety equipment fitted to the new Kia Carens includes six airbags (front, front side and curtain), seatbelt reminders for all occupants, ESC (Electronic Stability Control), HAC (Hill-start Assist Control) to prevent roll-back and ESS (Emergency Stop Signalling) which flashes the brake lights to alert other motorists when the driver is making an emergency stop.
There is also the added reassurance of the 7-Year Kia Warranty which is simply the ‘longest and best’ warranty available on any car, anywhere in Europe. Clearly, a longer warranty is a better warranty and this gives every Kia owner not just enjoyable motoring but genuine long-term peace of mind.