23 May 2013
It’s virtually impossible to change a head light bulb in this car, without dismantling the engine compartment!
A friend had bought the Kia Sedona, but this was too big for me. I looked at a number of Carens and chose the diesel Auto model from a Kia dealer. The dealer would not move on the price but included for free the next two service (two years) and the next two MOTs. I’m very pleased with the car, it has plenty of room, lots of storage area and all seven seats have been commented on as being comfortable. It is easy to drive and park and has superb visability. I cannot think of anything to complain about. I have driven for over 45 years and this is the first time I will consider the same car when I come to replace it.
I really cannot fault this car. I bought the earlier model in 2005 and traded it in for my current car in 2008. A number of the minor irritations in the earlier model have now been eliminated, especially the position of the rear washer switch which, in the earlier model, was located on the dashboard. The car starts easily in all weathers and has proved to be extraordinarily reliable; I am fortunate to have purchased it from a local dealer, Hidsons of Northfleet, who maintain it to a high standard and have a very good level of customer service. My only gripe was: why is it so difficult to access the headlight cluster if you need to replace a bulb? I bought a bulb, thinking it was going to be an easy job to replace, and ended up taking the car to the dealer for them to fit it! Overall, I would certainly but another Kia. I do like the look of the new Sportage!
We did a lot of home work before our purchase, but having owned a Kia before and knowing the great aftercare service we had the Kia range was a starting point. we looked at Vauxhall, Ford, Renault, etc, but with the 5 year warranty and build quality and the price tag Kia floored the rest. Now any one who is looking for a vehicle just think if Kia offer now a 7 YEAR WARRANTY they must be very confident of their products, makes you think why the rest only offer paultry 1 / 2 year ones? I rest my case. And yes we are very pleased with our Carens, a great car.
I am really satisfied with it, a very quiet engine, good air conditioning and a great sound system. I slept in my car while on a trip, this could provide savings for those who travel a lot.
Excellent all-round car. Just as good at touring round town as motorway trips to Scotland. However, CHOOSE YOUR DEALER CAREFULLY! the ’cheapest’ discounted deal, may mean naff service; it did in my case.
Excellent car; good performance, good mpg. Lots of room and well built. However, I WOULD NOT buy from Perry’s again.
This is the second Kia Carens I have owned. The new model is by far the best to date. I can truthfully say they represent good value, all round. Roll on the next one...
Reading some of the reports above makes me think some people don’t know a thing about cars. the Kia Carens is a well built MPV, 5 or 7 seats, good spec, even for the entry S model. The ride is good and steering is positive, very little roll on corners. Interior is very spacious, and gives the feel of a big 4x4. 5 year warranty is a good tempter, which other cars don’t have. A good all round car, I say it beats the Zafira, on comfort and ride. I’d certainly buy another Carens, and I don’t have anything bad to say about it.
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