Kia Motors has finally launched the Carens MPV in the Indian market. It starts from Rs. 8.99 lakhs ex-showroom and goes up to Rs. 16.99 lakhs ex-showroom. The price was really shocking for everyone because Kia was able to price the Carens very competitively. Because of the pricing, many customers would now be cross-shopping. A new TVC of the Carens has been released on YouTube.
Carens is being offered in five variants. There is Premium, Prestige, Prestige Plus, Luxury, and Luxury Plus. It is offered as a 7-seater vehicle but you can get the top-end Luxury Plus trim as a 6-seater. The 7-seater comes with a bench seat for the second row whereas the 6-seater version gets two individual captain chairs in the second row.
Engine and gearbox
Kia offers the Carens with three engine options. There is a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine with direct injection and 1.5-litre diesel engine. A 6-speed manual gearbox is offered as standard on all three engines.
The naturally aspirated engine produces 115 PS and 144 Nm. There is no automatic transmission with this engine. The turbo petrol produces 140 PS and 242 Nm. It is also offered with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The diesel engine produces 115 PS and 250 Nm. It is also offered with a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The automatic variants do come with paddle shifters and three driving modes, there is Eco, Normal and Sport.
Kia Carens go against Maruti Suzuki XL6 and Toyota Innova Crysta. However, because of the pricing, it also has to compete with the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Toyota Innova Crysta.
As standard, Kia is offering quite a bit of safety features. Carens comes with 6 airbags, all-wheel disc brakes, an Anti-lock braking system with Electronic Brake Distribution, Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management and Brake Assist. Moreover, you also get Hill Hold Control, Downhill Brake Control, rear parking sensors, ISOFIX child seat mounts and emergency stop signal.
Kia Carens measures 4,540 mm in length, 1,800 mm in width and 1,708 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2,780 mm which is the longest in the segment. Because of this, there is ample space for the occupants inside the cabin and even for the third-row passengers.
Carens has a ground clearance of 195 mm which is quite good for tackling tall speed breakers. With all three rows up, the boot space of Carens is 216-litres which is quite good for a weekend getaway. You can fold down the third row in case you need more space to store luggage.
Apart from the safety features, the Carens’ base variant also comes with a decent feature list. There are 16-inch wheel covers, semi-leatherette seats finished in black and indigo, front armrest, rear AC vents with blower control, One-touch tumble seat to access third-row, LCD Cluster, 5 USB Type C ports and 12v accessory socket.
On the higher variants, you get an electric sunroof, ventilated front seats, cruise control, rear parking camera, front parking sensors, rear sunshades, keyless entry, driver rearview monitor, LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps, touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, air purifier, ambient lighting and much more.