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Kia Carens 2017 Press Pack

THE 2017 MODEL YEAR KIA CARENS                                                               

Short story 

  • Enhancements to interior and exterior design
  • Compact on the outside; spacious on the inside
  • Seven seats in all models
  • Three efficient, powerful and refined engines
  • CO2 emissions now start at a reduced 109g/km
  • Four luxuriously equipped trim grades
  • Connectivity standard on all but the entry-level version

The Kia Carens is a rarity in the world of compact seven-seat MPVs – a car which provides all the practicality and versatility families need with the style which, until the introduction of the all-new, third-generation model, they could only dream of. 

In the latest version of the Carens, upgraded for the 2017 Model Year, practicality and versatility are undiminished but style has been further enhanced with a significant package of interior and exterior changes. 

There are also CO2 reductions, with emissions now starting at just 109g/km, while full in-car connectivity comes to the Carens for the first time. Improved audio systems and more stylish wheels are other upgrades for 2017.

Stylishly practical

Kia is not claiming to have re-invented the MPV with the Carens, but it provides all the room and versatility of its competitors while offering something they lack: style.

MPVs exist typically to meet the varied needs of families rather than turn heads. The Carens has been designed to do both. It exhibits all the hallmarks of the Kia design language masterminded by President of Design, Peter Schreyer: dynamism, elegance and distinctiveness.

 

All that is even more apparent in the upgraded 2017 model, which features new front and rear bumpers, new front grilles, new front fog lights on all but the entry-level version and new rear combination lamps. Front and rear skid plates embellish all models from grade 2 upwards, giving the Carens something of a crossover appearance. The trademark Kia 'tiger-nose' main grille is now wider and has a new black or high-gloss black mesh, with a chrome surround. The mesh patterns are repeated in the lower front grilles. There are new 16-inch or 17-inch alloy wheels on all grades.

 

The Carens is a masterpiece of packaging – somewhere between the five-seat and seven-seat models from competitors in overall length, yet more than a match for any of them for space, with abundant head, leg and shoulder room in all three rows of seats. The car's height is one of the lowest in class.

There are three individual sliding and reclining centre-row seats and two separate seats in the rear, all of which fold flat to ensure the ultimate in passenger-to-cargo versatility. A long, wide and tall luggage area and an under-floor compartment to store the cargo screen add to practicality. The front passenger seat also folds flat to allow exceptionally long loads to be carried.

The 2017 Carens features new seat materials on models with cloth upholstery. There is a stylish black knit for the entry-level grade 1 and a smart woven pattern in either black or beige for grade 2. The leather upholstery for grades 3 and 4, again in black or beige, is unchanged. Beige upholstery is available only with the new Mysterious Blue metallic paint option.

The centre fascia has been redesigned to accommodate the new 7-inch or 8-inch touchscreen for the navigation, infotainment and connectivity system. This has made space for a neater arrangement for some of the minor controls and information displays: the centre door lock has been moved from the fascia to the door panel, and the air conditioning display is now incorporated within the centre screen rather than on the panel lower in the dash, which now shows airbag and seat-belt reminder details and incorporates the hazard warning light button.

A DAB radio is now standard from grade 2 while the range-topping grade 4 has an eight-speaker JBL sound system with external amplifier and subwoofer. An upgraded engine start/stop button, now with an aluminium surround, is also standard on grade 4.

Fully connected

The 2017 Carens is fully connected with the outside world through Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom. This is standard from grade 2. The system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Kia Connected Services delivers additional, live information to that on the 3D navigation display through TMC (Traffic Messaging Channel). Drivers can therefore be kept up to date about traffic jams, speed camera locations, weather reports and local point of interest information. The system needs only to be paired with a compatible smartphone. Once this has been done, the driver can make phone calls, send and receive messages and call up music apps and audio books using Google Now or Siri voice commands to minimise distraction while driving. 

Quality through and through

The Carens exhibits the depth of quality evident in every new model from Kia, thanks to classy materials and sophisticated detailing. The wide fascia and crash pad have been split into an upper information area and a lower control area for ease of use, with all switches placed exactly where the driver would expect them to be. 

The cabin trim is characterised by minimal panel gaps and soft-to-the-touch surfaces. A leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter with chrome surround are standard. The three upper trim grades have black carbon-effect on the dash and doors and have a high-gloss black steering wheel bezel, and all models have metallic finish door handles and chrome accents within the cabin. Ten-way power seat adjustment for the driver and integral heaters in both front seats are standard with the top two trim grades. 

The increased space within the cabin and boot is reflected in the intelligent storage and usability features of the Carens. The standard cooled glovebox is supplemented by second-row under-floor storage, a centre console box, front and rear door pockets large enough to hold drinks bottles and front seat-back pockets. The front seat backs also have fold-up tables with cupholders in most versions, and there are cupholders in the second and third rows. The middle-row centre seat folds to create a table. 

The individual second-row seats are light for easy adjustment and folding, and all three have built-in three-point seat belts. A tilting and sliding mechanism on the outer two improves access to the rear. Third-row seats are also easy to move as a result of the rigid but lightweight plastic parts, and the head restraints ensure no obstruction to the driver’s rear visibility when the seats are unoccupied. 

Efficient and fun to drive

The Carens is available with a choice of three direct-injection engines – one petrol and two turbodiesels – which share the common characteristics of strong performance, outstanding fuel efficiency and excellent driveability and refinement. 

The European-designed 1.7-litre CRDi turbodiesel engines develop either 114bhp with 260Nm of torque or 134bhp and 340Nm.  Those high torque figures are maintained over a wide rev range, giving the Carens supreme driveability, even with a full complement of passengers on board. The standard version delivers maximum torque from 1,250 to 3,000pm and now produces less CO2 than before – down from 117g/km to 109g/km, with fuel consumption of 67.2mpg, a 4.4mpg improvement.  With its impressive and easily accessible torque, 0-60mph takes just 12.7 seconds and the top speed is 110mph. 

The more powerful option develops its 340Nm between 1,750 and 2,500rpm, which allows 0-60mph to be completed in 10.0 seconds. The top speed with this engine is also 120mph, while the CO2 and fuel consumption figures are 118g/km and 62.8mpg. This engine is also available with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox in place of the standard six-speed manual, with highly impressive economy and emissions figures of 58.9mpg and 127g/km.  Acceleration from 0-60mph is completed in 10.9 seconds and the top speed is 117mph. 

The petrol engine is the 1.6-litre Gamma GDi direct-injection unit that, with 133bhp and 165Nm of torque, ensures relaxed motorway performance and flexible responses in stop-start driving. Combined fuel economy is 45.6mpg, with comfortably more than 50mpg possible when cruising, while CO2 emissions are an impressively low 143g/km. But this is not at the expense of brisk performance. The petrol Carens can accelerate from 0-60mph in 10.9 seconds and has a top speed of 115mph. 

Kia’s Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) engine stop-start system is standard on all models. This ensures no fuel is used and no CO2 is emitted when the car is stationary in traffic. 

The MacPherson strut front and torsion bar rear suspension has been tuned to ensure precise handling and taut body control. This minimises undesirable lateral movement which can make passengers travelling in the middle and rear rows queasy. At the same time the suspension is supple enough to prevent the effects of bumpy and uneven roads from being felt in the cabin. 

Kia’s Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) provides quick and direct responses and includes as standard a triple-mode Flex Steer function. It allows drivers to select a greater level of assistance (Comfort) to make parking easier, or reduced assistance (Sport) for improved high-speed stability. There is also a default Normal setting. 

Great efforts have also been made to ensure the cabin is as quiet as it is comfortable. Measures include foam filling and sound-insulating pads in the roof pillars, a vibration-damping sheet on the dash panel and a large air duct and a resonator to counter engine booming. There is also a three-point engine and transmission mounting system and a driveshaft damper that improves cold weather noise characteristics with the petrol engine. 

Advanced safety features in four highly specified packages

Safety is paramount at Kia, especially in a model designed with family use in mind. With the arrival of the third-generation model, several features previously unavailable in the Carens were introduced and, as with every Kia, they are standard across the range. 

Hill-start Assist Control prevents the car from rolling backwards during uphill starts by maintaining braking pressure until the driver touches the accelerator, while the high-level brake lamp at the rear includes Emergency Stop Signalling which causes the light to flash during sudden braking to warn following drivers. The Carens also features Brake Assist to ensure maximum stopping power in an emergency, regardless of the force applied to the pedal by the driver, plus Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management, which keep the car stable on slippery roads or when accelerating or braking on surfaces with different levels of grip from left to right. 

The Carens has an immensely strong body shell created using the latest computer-aided design techniques. Collision energy is dispersed along deliberate channels to protect occupants in frontal, side or rear impacts. The body features extensive use of high-tensile hot-formed steel in the three frontal collision load paths and the side pillars and sills. Considerable effort has gone into the body framework and joints to improve rigidity. The body features rigid front strut mounts, reinforced vertical and cross members and a ring-shaped structure around the tailgate. 

The Carens is available with four trim and equipment packages, badged 1, 2, 3 and 4. Standard features include projection headlights with cornering lamps, LED daytime running lamps, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, driver’s seat height adjustment and tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, a centre console armrest, air conditioning, rear air ventilation, steering wheel-mounted controls, front and rear power windows, cruise control with a speed limiter, remote central locking and Bluetooth with voice recognition and music streaming. Trim grades 1 to 3 also have a rear conversation mirror, which is replaced by the controls for the panoramic sunroof on trim grade 4. The audio equipment in grade 1 is a six-speaker RDS radio/CD player with MP3 compatibility and USB and AUX ports. This model features 16-inch alloy wheels.

 Mid-range 2 models now have a 7-inch touchscreen navigation system with Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a rear-view camera, a DAB radio, privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate, chrome window trim, fog lights, roof rails, automatic headlight control, rain-sensing front wipers, electrically folding door mirrors with LED indicators and kerbside lamps, dual-zone air conditioning, a luggage net, a portable LED luggage light, reversing sensors and a reversing camera integrated into the centre fascia screen. 

The 3 version is distinguished by 17-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, 10-way driver’s seat adjustment, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, aeroblade-type front wipers with a de-icing system, second-row sun blinds and LED reading lights. 

The 4 versions have the same high level of equipment as the 3 with the addition of an 8-inch touchscreen, LED reading lights, a panoramic sunroof, a premium vision instrument cluster, an engine start/stop button, Parallel Park Assist System (PPAS) with Front and Rear Parking Sensors and the eight-speaker JBL audio system including an eight-channel external amplifier and a subwoofer. 

All versions are protected by a seven-year, 100,000-mile transferable warranty, Kia’s industry-leading demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of its cars. For retail customers, Kia’s Care-3 and Care-3 Plus inflation-proof three- and five-year servicing packages are available. All work is undertaken by trained technicians using genuine Kia parts and approved oils. The servicing packages are also transferable if the car is sold before they expire. 

The Carens line-up in the UK: 

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Combined mpg

CO2 g/km

1.6 GDi grade 1 6-speed manual ISG

133

165

10.9

115

45.6

143

1.6 GDi grade 2 6-speed manual ISG

133

165

10.9

115

45.6

143

1.7 CRDi grade 2 114bhp 6-speed manual ISG

114

260

12.7

110

67.2

109

1.7 CRDi grade 2 139bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

139

340

10.9

117

58.9

127

1.7 CRDi grade 3 139bhp 6-speed manual ISG

139

340

10.0

120

62.8

118

1.7 CRDi grade 3 139 bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

139

340

10.9

117

58.9

127

1.7 CRDi grade 4 139bhp 6-speed manual ISG

139

340

10.0

120

62.8

118

1.7 CRDi grade 4 139 bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

139

340

10.9

117

58.9

127

 

Ends

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Stephen Kitson                  Director of Corporate Communications
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WALK-AROUND  

A quick guide to the 2017 Carens 

Exterior

  • Dynamic and distinctive appearance with new front and rear bumpers, new front grilles, new front fog lights and new rear combination lamps
  • Wider black or high-gloss black mesh ‘tiger-nose’ grille with chrome surround
  • Front and rear crossover-style skid plates from grade 2 upwards
  • High-gloss black front foglight surrounds from grade 2 upwards
  •  ‘Butterfly action’ front wipers
  • LED daytime running lamps and static cornering lights
  • Body-coloured or chrome grip-type outer door handles
  • Sporty and aerodynamic side profile, with a Cd of 0.30
  • Wing-type foldable two-tone door mirrors with LED indicators and kerbside lamps
  • Surface-mounted roof rails
  • Delta glass in A- and C-pillars
  • New 16-inch or 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Wide rear glass and tailgate boost visibility and loading
  • High-mounted brake lamp and rear wiper mounted on the tailgate glass
  • Compact on the outside; spacious and versatile on the inside

 

Interior

  • Redesigned fascia to accommodate new navigation system with 7-inch or 8-inch touchscreen
  • New carbon-effect dash and door trim from grade 2 upwards
  • New high-gloss black steering wheel bezel from grade 2 upwards
  • Centre door lock moved to door panel
  • Air conditioning information now incorporated in touchscreen panel
  • Chrome surround on grade 4 engine start/stop button
  • Three individual folding second-row seats and two individual folding rear seats
  • Wide, horizontal two-zone dash layout: upper part is the information area and lower part the control area
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter
  • Organ-type accelerator pedal
  • Heated multi-function steering wheel available
  • Three-mode Flex Steer offering various levels of power assistance
  • Chrome accents on steering wheel ring, power window switches, air vent bezels, interior door handles, cluster ring and switches
  • New cloth seat trims on grades 1 and 2. Grades 3 and 4 have leather upholstery
  • Fold-up trays on rear of front seats
  • Headrests and three-point belts on all seats
  • Middle row seats slide forwards by 240mm to allow walk-in access to rear
  • Lightweight seats for easier folding and lifting
  • Long and wide luggage area
  • Under-floor area for storing load cover
  • Manual or dual-zone automatic air conditioning with automatic de-fog system on grades 2 to 4
  • Privacy glass on rear side windows and tailgate on grades 2 and above
  • Spacious, practical and versatile cabin
  • Class-leading in-car storage including row-two under-floor trays, large glovebox and large centre console box 

Technical

  • Choice of Gamma 1.6 GDi direct-injection petrol engine or two versions of U2 1.7-litre CRDi turbodiesel
  • Lower fuel consumption and emissions for lower-powered diesel. Emissions now start at 109g/km, with fuel consumption improved to 67.2mpg
  • U2 diesels benefit from emissions filter directly mounted to engine and plastic oil filter, intake manifold and head cover
  • Six-speed manual or seven-speed auto DCT gearbox
  • Isolation damper pulley and contact-type engine cover improve NVH of high-power diesel
  • Steering gear ratio engineered for direct, fast response
  • Extensive work to reduce body motion under braking, enhanced straight-line stability, ensure a smooth ride and minimise NVH 

Safety and convenience

  • Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility from grade 2 upwards
  • DAB radio standard from grade 2, with 8-speaker JBL audio system on grade 4
  • Reversing camera display from grade 2
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat grade on grades 3 and 4
  • Hill-start Assist Control, Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management standard
  • Emergency Stop Signalling standard
  • Strong and safe stiff body structure
  • Clean-air system purifies the air and removes odour
  • Glovebox cooling
  • Conversation mirror on grades 1, 2 and 3 

 3          DESIGN                                                                                                                                 Refreshed inside and out to add an extra touch of style 

Mid-sized MPVs primarily exist to meet the varied needs of families rather than turn heads, but the Kia Carens has been designed to do both. That is even more true with the extensive exterior and interior upgrades introduced for the 2017 Model Year version. 

There are new front and rear bumpers, new front grilles, new front fog lights on all but the entry-level version and new rear combination lamps across the range. Front and rear skid plates embellish all models from grade 2 upwards, giving the Carens something of a crossover appearance. The trademark Kia 'tiger-nose' main grille is now wider and has a new black or high-gloss black mesh, with a chrome surround. The mesh patterns are repeated in the lower front grilles. There are new 16-inch or 17-inch alloy wheels on all grades.

Exterior

Kia is not claiming to have re-invented the mid-sized MPV with the Carens. Thoroughly European in its execution, it provides all the functionality of its competitors while offering something they all lack: style. It exhibits all the highlights of the Kia design language masterminded by President and Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer in a car which is dynamic, elegant and distinctive. 

The front is now dominated by a wider interpretation of the familiar Schreyer ‘tiger-nose’ grille, featuring new black mesh on grade 1 and new high-gloss black mesh on all other versions, with a chrome surround across the range. The front is sharply contoured and voluminous, differentiating the Carens from the flat, dull appearance of most MPVs. The emphasis on volume lends the Carens a dynamic and sporty appearance through its sharp contours and is also a feature of the stylish headlight units that include, as standard, cornering lights and LED daytime running lamps. All versions have projection headlights with ‘welcome’ and ‘follow-me-home’ functionality, and grades 2, 3 and 4 also have automatic headlight control. 

All but the entry-level model also have new-style front fog lamps set into a high-gloss black housing. The newly redesigned bumpers of all four trim grades are in body colour and there is a lower skid plate from grade 2 upwards, giving the Carens something of a crossover appearance. The lower air intakes have been redesigned to incorporate the skid plate, with mesh to match that on the main grille. 

The front wipers have a butterfly action so that they clear the edges of the screen on both sides. On grades 2 and above the wipers are rain-sensing, while on grades 3 and 4 they are aeroblade-type and incorporate a de-icer. 

The sporty appearance of the Carens is equally evident from the sides, where the sleek profile is typical of the Schreyer-inspired modern Kia look. This is not purely for style. Aerodynamics – and, as a result, fuel efficiency and refinement – also benefit, lowering the Cd to 0.30. Three-dimensional side surfaces, with concave sections starting on the lower edge of the front doors and gently rising to the trailing edge of the rear doors, add to the dynamic appearance. The forward starting point of the cowl adds to the rakish looks of the car and also aids aerodynamics. 

Delta glass features behind the A-pillars and ahead of the C-pillars to ensure maximum side visibility, while on the majority of models a chrome belt line runs along the length of the side windows and rises as it meets the C-pillar, adding an elegant and sporty finishing touch. 

There are body-coloured door handles on grade 1 and chrome door handles on the other grades. All versions have electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors with LED indicators and kerbside lights and an electric folding mechanism on all but entry-level version. All grades have new 16-inch or 17-inch alloy wheels, and there are surface-mounted roof rails from grade 2. 

The rear of the Carens is sculpturally connected to the sides and lends the car a stable appearance while emphasising its practicality. A spoiler on the top edge of the tailgate, containing the LED high-level brake light with Emergency Stop Signalling on all models, is a neat, sporty flourish as well as an aerodynamic aid. There are new rear combination lamps and a new rear bumper, with a skid plate matching that at the front from grade 2. 

The Carens has a wide tailgate and window to maximise visibility and simplify loading, with a hidden frame design for the glass for added practicality. All models have a rear wiper arm mounted on the tailgate glass. 

Interior

The most significant change to the interior of the 2017 Carens is the redesigned fascia to accommodate the new navigation, infotainment and connectivity system with 7-inch or 8-inch touchscreen that is standard from grade 2 upwards. 

This has in turn made space for a neater arrangement for some of the minor controls and information displays: the centre door lock has been moved from the fascia to the door panel, and the air conditioning display is now incorporated within the centre screen rather than on the panel lower in the dash, which now shows airbag and seat-belt reminder details and incorporates the hazard warning light button. 

A DAB radio becomes standard from grade 2, while the range-topping grade 4 has an 8-speaker JBL sound system with external amplifier and subwoofer. An upgraded engine start/stop button, now with an aluminium surround, is also standard on grade 4. From grade 2 upwards the infotainment and navigation system is linked to Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom and also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The touchscreen is linked to a reversing camera display. 

There are new seat materials on models with cloth upholstery. There is a stylish black knit for the entry-level grade 1 and a smart woven pattern in either black or beige for grade 2. The leather upholstery for grades 3 and 4, again in black or beige, is unchanged. Beige upholstery is available only with the new Mysterious Blue metallic paint option. New carbon-effect dash and door trim and a high-gloss black steering wheel bezel features from grade 2 upwards. On grade 4 the engine start/stop button has been redesigned and now has an aluminium surround.

 The Carens sits somewhere between the five-seat and seven-seat models from competitors for overall length, yet with an unusually long wheelbase and low seat positions it more than matches them for space, with abundant head, leg and shoulder room in all three rows of seats, while delivering impressive luggage space – almost 500 litres with all seats in use and 1,650 litres when running in two-seat mode – and a low loading lip. 

There are three individual sliding and reclining centre-row seats and two separate seats in the rear, all of which fold flat to ensure the ultimate in passenger-to-cargo versatility. A long, wide and tall luggage area and an under-floor compartment to store the cargo screen add to the practicality of the Carens. The front passenger’s seat also folds in half to allow exceptionally long loads to be carried. 

The emphasis on volume in the exterior design is continued in the cabin, where the horizontal layout and clean, simple lines accentuate the feeling of space. At the same time, sophisticated details, luxurious materials and meticulous attention to fit and finish maintain the leap in quality that accompanies every new model from Kia.   

The wide fascia and crash pad have been split into an upper information area and a lower control area for ease of use, with all switches placed exactly where the driver would expect them to be. 

The space within the cabin and boot is reflected in the intelligent storage and usability features. The standard cooled glovebox is supplemented by second-row under-floor storage, a centre console box, front and rear door pockets large enough to hold drinks bottles and front seat-back pockets. The front seat backs also have fold-up tables with cupholders in most versions, and there are cupholders in the second and third rows. The middle-row centre seat folds to create a table. There is also storage space at either side of the third-row seats. 

The front seats provide solid support in the shoulder area for taller occupants. On models with beige leather upholstery, which comes as standard with the new Mysterious Blue metallic paint option, the side bolsters are now beige rather than black. 10-way power seat adjustment for the driver, and integral heaters in both front seats, are standard with the top two trim grades.

 The individual second-row seats are light for easy adjustment and folding, and all three have built-in three-point seat belts. A tilting and sliding mechanism on the outer two improves access to the rear. Third-row seats are also easy to move as a result of the rigid but lightweight plastic parts, and the head restraints ensure no obstruction to the driver’s rear visibility when the seats are unoccupied. 

Tilt and telescopic adjustment of the steering column is a standard feature, and the steering wheel is heated on grades 3 and 4. Audio, Bluetooth, Flex Steer and cruise control and speed limiter buttons are integrated neatly into the steering wheel spokes to minimise the time the driver’s hands have to leave the wheel. Multi-function stalks also assist functionality while blending harmoniously with the steering column shroud. 

4          RANGE FINDER                                                                                          
A fully connected car with four highly specified trim grades 

Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom and compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto makes the Carens a fully connected car for the first time with the 2017 model. 

Kia Connected Services delivers additional, live information to that on the 3D navigation display through TMC (Traffic Messaging Channel). Drivers can therefore be kept up to date about traffic jams, speed camera locations, weather reports and local point of interest information. 

The system needs only to be paired with a smartphone. Once this has been done, through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, the driver can make phone calls, send and receive messages and call up music apps and audio books using Google Now or Siri voice commands to minimise distraction while driving. The smartphone must have internet access and hotspot enabled in order to be able to retrieve information. 

Kia Connected Services is standard from grade 2 upwards. The information is displayed on a 7-inch touchscreen on grades 2 and 3 and an 8-inch touchscreen on grade 4. A reversing camera display is also linked to the navigation screen. 

Standard features include projection headlights with cornering lamps, LED daytime running lamps, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, driver’s seat height adjustment and tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, a centre console armrest, air conditioning, rear air ventilation, steering wheel-mounted controls, front and rear power windows, cruise control with a speed limiter, remote central locking and Bluetooth with voice recognition and music streaming. Trim grades 1 to 3 also have a rear conversation mirror, which is replaced by the controls for the panoramic sunroof on trim grade 4. The audio equipment in grade 1 is a 6-speaker RDS radio/CD player with MP3 compatibility and USB and AUX ports. This model features 16-inch alloy wheels. 

Mid-range 2 models add a DAB radio, privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate, chrome window trim, fog lights, roof rails, automatic headlight control, rain-sensing front wipers, electrically folding door mirrors with LED indicators and kerbside lamps, dual-zone air conditioning, a luggage net, a portable LED luggage light and reversing sensors. 

The 3 version is distinguished by 17-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, 10-way driver’s seat adjustment, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, aeroblade-type front wipers with a de-icing system, second-row sun blinds and LED reading lights. 

The 4 versions have the same high level of equipment as the 3 with the addition of an 8-inch touchscreen, LED reading lights, a panoramic sunroof, a premium vision instrument cluster, an engine start/stop button, Parallel Park Assist System (PPAS) with Front and Rear Parking Sensors and the eight-speaker JBL audio system including an eight-channel external amplifier and a subwoofer. 

Safety is paramount at Kia, especially in a model designed with family use in mind. With the arrival of the third-generation model, several features previously unavailable in the Carens were introduced and, as with every Kia, they are standard across the range. 

Hill-start Assist Control prevents the car from rolling backwards during uphill starts by maintaining braking pressure until the driver touches the accelerator, while the high-level brake lamp at the rear includes an Emergency Stop Signal which causes the light to flash during sudden braking to warn following drivers. The Carens also features Brake Assist to ensure maximum stopping power in an emergency, regardless of the force applied to the pedal by the driver, plus Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management to keep the car stable on slippery roads or when accelerating or braking on surfaces with different levels of grip from left to right.

 

Range

'1'

'2'

 '3'

'4'

EXTERIOR FEATURES & LIGHTING

 

 

 

 

16" Alloy Wheels (205/55 R16)

-

-

17" Alloy Wheels (225/45 R17)

-

-

Chrome Front Grille Surround

-

-

-

Chrome Front Grille Surround with Black High Gloss Mesh

-

Body Coloured Bumpers

S

S

S

S

Silver Front & rear skid plates

-

Body Coloured Exterior Door Handles

-

-

-

Chrome Exterior Door Handles

-

Body Coloured Door Mirrors

S

S

S

S

Chrome Window & Tailgate Trim

-

Rear Spoiler

S

S

S

S

EcoDynamics Badge

S

S

S

S

Tinted Glass

S

S

S

S

Privacy Glass (Rear Windows & Tailgate)

-

Roof Rails

-

Panoramic Sunroof with Tilting / Sliding Function & Automatic Electric Roll Blind

-

-

-

Projection Headlights

S

S

S

S

Headlights Levelling Device

S

S

S

S

Cornering Lights

S

S

S

S

Automatic Headlight Control

-

Welcome & Follow-me-home Light Functionality

S

S

S

S

Front Fog Lights

-

LED Daytime Running Lights

S

S

S

S

LED High-mounted Brake Light

S

S

S

S

AeroBlade-type Front Wipers

-

-

Rain Sensing Front Wipers

-

Front Wiper De-icer

-

-

Electrically Adjustable & Heated Door Mirrors

S

S

S

S

Wide-view Driver's Door Mirror

S

S

S

S

Electrically Folding Door Mirrors

-

Electrically Folding, Door Mirrors with LED Indicators and Kerbside Lights

-

Rear Wiper/Washer

S

S

S

S

Heated Rear Window

S

S

S

S

Standard Paint

S

S

S

S

Premium Paint

OPT

OPT

OPT

OPT

INTERIOR DESIGN & COMFORT

 

 

 

 

Black Cloth Seats

-

-

-

Black Woven Cloth Seats with Keep Clean Texture

-

-

-

Leather Seats*

-

-

Driver's Seat Height Adjuster

-

-

10-way Power Adjustable Driver's Seat (Tilting, Sliding, Reclining, Lumbar, Height Adjustment) with Cushion Extension

-

-

Heated Front Seats

-

-

Tilt & Telescopic Steering Wheel Adjustment

S

S

S

S

Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel

S

S

S

S

Leather & Chrome Trimmed Gearshift

S

S

S

S

Heated Steering Wheel

-

-

Faux Leather Door Armrest Trim

S

S

S

S

Faux Leather Door Centre Trim

-

High Gloss Grille Pattern Dashboard, Upper Centre Console, Door Trim & Steering Wheel Spokes

-

Metallic Finish Interior Door Handles

S

S

S

S

Centre Console Armrest

S

S

S

S

Air Conditioning

-

-

-

Dual Automatic Air Conditioning with Ioniser

-

Automatic Defog System

-

Rear Air Ventilation

S

S

S

S

Steering Wheel Mounted Controls

S

S

S

S

All-round Electric Windows with Driver's Auto Up & Down Function

S

S

S

S

2nd Row Windows Sunblinds

-

-

Cruise Control & Speed Limiter

S

S

S

S

Sunvisors with Vanity Mirrors & Ticket Holder (Driver's side)

S

S

S

S

Vanity Mirror Illumination (Driver & Front Passenger)

-

Remote Central Door Locking with Fold-away Key

-

Smart Key with Engine Start button

-

-

-

STORAGE, VERSATILITY & INTERIOR LIGHTING

 

 

 

 

7 Seats

S

S

S

S

Sliding & Reclining 2nd Row Seats

S

S

S

S

Folding Front Passenger Seat

S

S

S

S

30:30:30 Split Flat-folding 2nd Row Seats

S

S

S

S

50:50 Split Flat-folding 3rd Row Seats

S

S

S

S

3 x Passenger Assist Grips

S

S

S

S

3 x 12V Power Sockets (Front Centre Console, Rear Console)

S

S

S

S

Rear Coat Hook

S

S

S

S

Centre Console Cupholders

S

S

S

S

Front Seatback Fold Up Trays with Cupholders

-

2nd Row Seatback Cupholders

S

S

S

S

3rd Row Cupholders

S

S

S

S

Cooling Glovebox

S

S

S

S

Front Seatback Pockets

S

S

S

S

Front & Rear Door Storage

S

S

S

S

Centre Console Storage Box

S

S

S

S

2nd Row Underfloor Storage

S

S

S

S

Dash Illumination Dimmer Switch (Rheostat)

S

S

S

S

Ambient Lighting (Footwell Driver & Front Passenger)

-

Ignition Keyhole Illumination

-

Front Cabin Map Light

S

S

S

S

Conversation Mirror

-

Centre Cabin Light

-

2nd Row LED Reading Lights

-

-

-

Temporary Spare Wheel

S

S

S

S

Luggage 12V Power Socket

S

S

S

S

Luggage Area Light

-

-

-

Portable LED Luggage Light

-

Storable Luggage Area Load Cover

S

S

S

S

Luggage Net Hooks

S

S

S

S

Luggage Net

-

AUDIO, COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION

 

 

 

 

6-speaker System

S

S

S

S

JBL Premium Sound System

-

-

-

External Amp & Sub-Woofer

-

-

-

RDS Radio/CD Audio with MP3 Disc Compatibility

-

-

-

DAB Radio

-

USB & AUX Ports for Connection of an Audio Media Device (iPod, Memory Stick etc)

S

S

S

S

Bluetooth® with Voice Recognition*** & Music Streaming

S

S

S

S

7" LCD Touchscreen Navigation with Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC)

-

-

8" LCD Touchscreen Navigation with Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC)

-

-

-

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto via Connectivity***

-

Rear Parking Sensors**

-

Reversing Camera System (Integrated into Centre Fascia Screen)

-

Parallel Park Assist System (PPAS) with Front and Rear Parking Sensors**

-

-

-

Trip Computer - Distance, Fuel Consumption, Average Speed

S

S

S

S

Premium Vision Instrument Cluster

-

-

-

External Temperature, Door Open, Clock & Date Display

S

S

S

S

Washer Fluid Warning

S

S

S

S

ACTIVE SAFETY & DRIVING DYNAMICS

 

 

 

 

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) & Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)  

S

S

S

S

ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) & Brake Assist System (BAS)

S

S

S

S

Emergency Stop Signalling

S

S

S

S

Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)

S

S

S

S

Gear Shift Indicator

(Manual Only)

(Manual Only)

(Manual Only)

Kick Down Resistance (Fuel Efficiency Feature)

S

S

S

S

Motor Driven Power Steering

S

S

S

S

Dual Horn

S

S

S

S

Flex Steer (Normal, Comfort & Sport Modes)

S

S

S

S

Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG)

S

S

S

S

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

S

S

S

S

PASSIVE SAFETY

 

 

 

 

Twin Front Airbags

S

S

S

S

Front Passenger Airbag Cut-off Switch

S

S

S

S

Twin Side Airbags (Front)

S

S

S

S

Twin Curtain Airbags

S

S

S

S

All-round Height Adjustable Headrests

S

S

S

S

ISOFIX Child Seat Top Tethers & Anchor Fixings (Outer Rear Seats only)

S

S

S

S

All-round 3-point Seatbelts

S

S

S

S

Front Seatbelt Height Adjusters

S

S

S

S

Seatbelt Reminder Warning

S

S

S

S

Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlocking

S

S

S

S

Grab-type Exterior Door Handles

S

S

S

S

SECURITY

 

 

 

 

Advanced Anti-Theft System including Immobiliser & Alarm

S

S

S

S

Locking Wheel Nuts

S

S

S

S

Engine Immobiliser & Deadlocks

S

S

S

S

Child Safety Rear Door Locks

S

S

S

S

Interior Door Lock/Unlock Function

S

S

S

S

Speed Sensing Auto Door Locking

S

S

S

S

 

*Some parts of the leather upholstery contain faux leather

**Parking Sensors may not match exterior body colour

***Check with Dealers for mobile phone compatibility

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5          THE TECHNICAL STORY                                                                           

Three direct-injection engines with CO2 emissions now from 109g/km

 

The arrival of the 2017 Carens sees a reduction in CO2 emissions for the most popular engine in the range, the 114bhp 1.7-litre CRDi turbodiesel which is fitted exclusively to the grade 2 model. The reduction of 8g/km, from 117 to 109g/km will bring significant savings for business users who make up a large portion of buyers of this model by lowering benefit-in-kind taxation by two bands.

 

The Carens is also available with two more direct-injection engines – a higher-powered 139bhp 1.7-litre CRDi and a 1.6-litre GDi petrol unit. All three engines share the common characteristics of strong performance, outstanding fuel efficiency and excellent driveability and refinement. A six-speed gearbox is standard, while a seven-speed DCT dual-clutch automatic gearbox is optional with the higher-powered diesel.

 

The MacPherson strut front and torsion bar rear suspension has been tuned to ensure precise handling and taut body control. This minimises undesirable lateral movement that can make passengers travelling in the middle and rear rows queasy. At the same time, the suspension is supple enough to prevent the effects of bumpy and uneven roads from being felt in the cabin.

 

Kia’s Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) delivers fast, direct responses and includes as standard a triple-mode Flex Steer function. This allows drivers to select whatever level of assistance they prefer. A full range of electronic aids is also standard to assist the driver and ensure the Carens provides best-in-class active safety.

 

Great efforts have also been made to ensure the cabin is as quiet as it is comfortable, with a package of measures to counter noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). The result of all this is that the Carens is economical and fun to drive – with a hint of sportiness that matches its dynamic new design – and comfortable, quiet and safe to travel in.

 

 

Engines and transmissions

Both versions of the 1.7-litre U2 turbodiesel engine were engineered and designed at Kia's research and development facility at Rüsselsheim in Germany.  In standard form it develops 114bhp at 4,000rpm and 260Nm of torque from 1,250 to 3,000rpm. The higher-power version increases this to 139bhp, still at 4,000rpm, and 340Nm of torque between 1,750 and 2,500rpm.

 

The U2 engines deliver excellent driveability with high efficiency. Similar in construction to Kia's European-designed and built 1.6-litre CRDi engine, but with 77.2mm cylinder bores and a 90mm piston stroke to give a cubic capacity of 1,685cc, they have been designed with the needs of European motorists in mind.

 

The standard version of the U2 engine allows 0-60mph acceleration in 12.7 seconds with a 110mph top speed. The more powerful option covers 0-60mph acceleration in 10.0 seconds with manual transmission, with a 120mph top speed. The higher-powered engine is also available with a 7DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission which gives the car 0-60mph acceleration capability in 10.9 seconds with a 117mph top speed.

 

Both U2 engines are extremely clean and fuel efficient. CO2 emissions of the standard version have been improved by 8g/km, from 117 to 109g/km, while fuel consumption tumbles by 7.1mpg and is now 67.2mpg. The more powerful version has combined economy of 62.8mpg, with 118g/km CO2 emissions, with manual transmission, while the respective figures for the version equipped with the 7DCT gearbox are 58.9mpg and 127g/kmA diesel particulate filter is fitted as standard.

 

The petrol engine in the Carens is Kia’s 1.6-litre Gamma GDi unit, which develops 133bhp at 6,300rpm and 165Nm of torque at 4,850rpm – sufficient to ensure relaxed motorway performance and easy-to-drive, flexible responses in stop-start driving. It is an all-aluminium 1,591cc unit with four valves per cylinder operated by twin overhead camshafts. Continuously variable valve timing on both the inlet and exhaust sides ensures high torque across the rev range for good driveability and excellent power for motorway driving.

 

 

Combined fuel economy is 45.6mpg, with comfortably more than 50mpg possible when cruising, while CO2 emissions are an impressively low 143g/km. But this is not at the expense of brisk performance. The petrol Carens can accelerate from 0-60mph in 10.9 seconds and has a top speed of 115mph.

 

The efficiency of all versions of the Carens is increased by Kia’s Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) stop/start system. This switches off the engine when the car comes to rest. In manual versions the driver must put the gearlever into neutral and release the clutch. As a result no fuel is used and no emissions are created when the car is stationary in traffic. The engine restarts as soon as the driver presses the clutch pedal (manual) or touches the accelerator (7DCT). The accelerator pedal has an organ-type design which puts less stress on the driver’s ankle.

 

ISG consists of crankshaft position, battery and vacuum sensors plus neutral, on-off and clutch switches that feed into an electronic control unit.  This operates the ISG starter, intelligent alternator and cluster. The air conditioning units and bonnet switch also feed into the ISG ECU.

 

The six-speed manual transmission offers enhanced shifting performance and durability while contributing towards fuel efficiency. Its smooth shifting action is assisted by triple-cone synchronisers and fabric-carbon synchroniser rings which maximise the friction area. It requires short movements to change gear and has a trigger-type release button for selecting reverse. A modular shift control mechanism reduces the number of parts to save weight, improves quality and delivers greater precision by reducing the cumulative tolerance of the parts assembly.

 

The automatic gearbox which is one of the few in-house seven-speed DCT transmissions in the global auto industry. It is a dry dual clutch system to keep weight to a minimum and reduce the friction losses through viscosity which occur in wet dual-clutch systems.

 

In normal operation the 7DCT transmission changes gear automatically, with no need for intervention from the driver. The advantage of a double-clutch arrangement is that the next gear is always primed ready for selection, minimising torque losses during changes and improving smoothness and efficiency. One clutch operates gears 1, 2, 4 and 5 and the other is responsible for gears 3, 6 and 7 plus reverse.

 

The layout and gear train have been designed for light weight and compact size, while low-friction bearings and low-viscosity oil reduce friction, promoting greater efficiency, lowering reaction times and reducing noise.

 

Suspension, steering, brakes and electronic driver aids

The Carens relies on a tried-and-trusted suspension arrangement of MacPherson struts at the front with a torsion beam at the rear. It is a set-up that promotes stable and nimble handling with a pliant and comfortable ride and low noise transfer into the cabin while taking up the minimum of space – an essential condition to meet Kia’s requirements of flat-folding second- and third-row seats with the maximum possible luggage capacity.

 

Kia’s Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) has a quick ratio (14.6:1) for direct responses. It includes as standard a triple-mode Flex Steer function. This allows drivers to select a greater level of assistance (Comfort) to make parking easier, or reduced assistance (Sport) for improved high-speed stability. There is also a default Normal setting. Flex Steer has a memory function so that, for instance, if the car is parked using the Comfort setting the same degree of assistance will be maintained upon restart.

 

Anti-lock (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BAS) is standard on all models. Together, these measures ensure that the car stops in the shortest possible distance. BAS applies maximum braking in an emergency regardless of the force applied to the pedal by the driver.

 

Hill-start Assist Control prevents the car from rolling backwards during uphill starts by maintaining braking pressure until the driver touches the accelerator, while the high-level brake lamp at the rear now includes an Emergency Stop Signal which causes the light to flash during sudden braking to warn following drivers. The new Carens also features Electronic Stability Control (ESC) plus Vehicle Stability Management (VSM). ESC detects a possible loss of control on slippery surfaces or through over-exuberant driving and stabilises the car by braking one or more wheels, reducing engine torque or both. VSM compensates if the car is accelerating or braking on surfaces with differing levels of grip from left to right.

 

Counter-measures against NVH

The Carens is an extremely refined car, not only in comparison to the previous model but also when measured against class competitors, thanks to extensive work to counter noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

 

The drag co-efficient, or Cd is 0.30. A low Cd figure not only benefits fuel consumption and emissions by reducing aerodynamic drag at speed: it also aids refinement by minimising wind turbulence. A rear spoiler is standard on all models and there are under-body covers around the front wheels and the engine, the centre floor, the rear wheels and the rear sides. Even the edges of the rear lamp clusters have been shaped to smooth airflow around the car. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6          SAFETY                                                                                             

Protection for every passenger and every model

 

Safety is paramount at Kia, especially in a model designed with family use in mind. So, in addition to the electronic driver aids – ABS, EBD, BAS, ESC, VSM and HAC – designed to raise active safety thresholds and make accidents avoidable, the Carens is fully equipped with passive safety features to protect if a collision is unavoidable. All features are standard in every model, in keeping with Kia’s policy of taking a democratic approach to safety.

 

Passive safety begins with the strength of the body shell, and the Carens has an immensely strong structure created using the latest computer-aided design techniques.

 

Collision energy is dispersed along deliberate channels to protect occupants in frontal, side or rear impacts. The body features extensive use of high-tensile hot-formed steel in the three frontal collision load paths. Considerable effort has gone into the body framework and joints to improve rigidity. The body features rigid front strut mounts, reinforced vertical and cross members and a ring-shaped structure around the tailgate, which is light and rigid thanks to the use of tailored blanks. This allows the tailgate to be lighter but stronger.

 

Should the worst happen, every passenger has a three-point seat belt and there are twin front, front-side and curtain airbags. A seat-belt reminder alerts the driver if a passenger in the second or third rows fails to buckle up, or unfastens the belt during a journey. There are anti-whiplash front seats which automatically partially recline the backrests if a bumper-mounted rear collision sensor detects the possibility of the Carens being hit from behind. ISOFIX child-seat mounting points are fitted to the second-row seats and the front passenger’s seat, which has an airbag deactivation switch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7          RUNNING COSTS                                                                                                  

Engineered to keep down the cost of ownership

 

The Carens has been engineered, designed and equipped to minimise ownership costs. From the highly efficient powertrains on offer to the fully specified trim and equipment packages and the extensive safety measures, the Carens is an MPV that will appeal to smart families.

 

The most popular engine in the range – the standard 1.7-litre CRDi – now shows significant improvements in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions which will benefit not only the business users who make up a high percentage of users, through lower benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax, but also private family motorists. CO2 has been reduced by 8g/km from 117 to 109g/km, which lowers BIK tax by two bands and Vehicle Excise Duty by one group, while fuel economy improves from 60.1mpg to 67.2mpg.

 

An extensive list of standard equipment with all four trim packages frees owners from having to add extras to bring the car up to an acceptable specification, which is why Kia does not even offer an options list. And the structural strength of the Carens, combined with its extensive list of standard electronic driver aids, pays off when it comes to insurance.

 

Last but by no means least, the Carens joins every other Kia in providing the best warranty in the business – seven years or 100,000 miles – plus, for retail customers, low-cost Care-3 and Care-3 Plus all-inclusive servicing packages. Both the warranty and the servicing packages are transferable if the car is sold before they expire.

 

Fuel consumption (mpg) and CO2 (g/km)

 

Engine

Urban

Ex Urban

Combined

CO2

1.6 GDi grade 1 6-speed manual ISG

36.2

54.3

45.6

143

1.6 GDi grade 2 6-speed manual ISG

36.2

54.3

45.6

143

1.7 CRDi grade 2 114bhp 6-speed manual ISG

60.1

72.4

67.2

109

1.7 CRDi grade 2 139bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

53.3

62.8

58.9

127

1.7 CRDi grade 3 139bhp 6-speed manual ISG

55.4

67.3

62.8

118

1.7 CRDi grade 3 139 bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

53.3

62.8

58.9

127

1.7 CRDi grade 4 139bhp 6-speed manual ISG

55.4

67.3

62.8

118

1.7 CRDi grade 4 139 bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

53.3

62.8

58.9

127

 

 

Benefit-in-kind taxation rates and VED Bands

 

Engine

Tax rate

VED Band

1.6 GDi grade 1 6-speed manual ISG

25%

F

1.6 GDi grade 2 6-speed manual ISG

25%

F

1.7 CRDi grade 2 114bhp 6-speed manual ISG

21%

B

1.7 CRDi grade 2 139bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

25%

D

1.7 CRDi grade 3 139bhp 6-speed manual ISG

23%

C

1.7 CRDi grade 3 139 bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

25%

D

1.7 CRDi grade 4 139bhp 6-speed manual ISG

23%

C

1.7 CRDi grade 4 139 bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

25%

D

 

Insurance groups

 

Version

(1-50)

1.6 GDi grade 1 6-speed manual ISG

13

1.6 GDi grade 2 6-speed manual ISG

13

1.7 CRDi grade 2 114bhp 6-speed manual ISG

12

1.7 CRDi grade 2 139bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

17

1.7 CRDi grade 3 139bhp 6-speed manual ISG

17

1.7 CRDi grade 3 139 bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

17

1.7 CRDi grade 4 139bhp 6-speed manual ISG

18

1.7 CRDi grade 4 139 bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

18

 

 

Servicing

 

20,000 miles or every 12 months (petrol)

20,000 miles or every 12 months (diesel)

 

Care-3 and Care-3 Plus – Kia’s service packages for retail customers – are available and offer fixed-cost and inflation-proof servicing for the first three or five years. All work is carried out by trained technicians using genuine Kia replacement parts and specified oils.

 

Both packages cover the car, not the owner, so are transferable should the vehicle be sold.  If a vehicle with a Care-3 package is sold then the next owner may upgrade to the five-year service package.  The cost of the first MoT test can also be included.

 

Warranty and support

 

Seven-year / 100,000-mile manufacturer warranty

12-year anti-perforation warranty

Five-year paintwork warranty

One-year Europe-wide roadside assistance through KIAssist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8          MANUFACTURING AND THE ENVIRONMENT                                                 

Built at Hwasung, Kia’s major plant

 

The Carens is built at the Hwasung plant in Asan Bay. Hwasung is also Kia’s major petrol and diesel engine production plant.

 

Hwasung is Kia's largest factory, with a production capacity of 600,000 cars a year. It opened in 1989 and manufacturing began in 1991. Hwasung is also home to a 200-acre proving ground with 16 driving courses, opened in 1993, and it houses an employee sports centre, giving the 12,000 workers and their families access to gymnasiums, swimming pools, squash courts and weight-training and community facilities.

 

In recent years Hwasung has undergone major changes to improve the quality of production processes and the cars leaving the factory gates. The improved quality has been recognised by the American publication, Consumer Reports.

 

Constant efforts are also being made to minimise the plant's effect on the environment. There have been major initiatives to increase recycling, reduce the amount of pollutants and waste in the production process, lower greenhouse gas emissions and cut air pollution through more eco-friendly production systems. Energy-saving measures have also been introduced, and Hwasung has sent no waste to landfill since 2008.

 

Improved paint facilities have been installed and every aspect of vehicle production has been scrutinised to ensure the plant uses less energy. Water and power consumption, dust, CO2, contaminants and the amount of waste per vehicle have all been reduced.

 

Waste reduction

Kia has made reducing the amount of raw materials being fed into the production process a major priority in each of its production facilities. The last few years have seen significant progress in reducing waste, increasing recycling and developing cleaner production processes.

 

The overall waste generated by Hwasung is under constant review and a number of programmes have seen dramatic improvements.  Recycling has increased and now stands at well over 90 per cent. Exhaust pollutants from Hwasung – dust, NOx and SO2 – have also decreased dramatically.

 

New technology is playing a significant part in environmental improvement. Typical cast melting furnaces produce large amounts of dust, and contained within this is a high proportion of zinc. The captured dust is treated and the zinc extracted before being re-used within the production process.

 

Pump invertors have been fitted to coolant and collectant pumps to control the rpm according to load. This has led to energy savings and a reduction in CO2 equivalent to around 4,000 tons per year.

 

Another simple energy-saving process has been implemented within Hwasung’s huge and complex air conditioning systems. A fixed amount of heat was supplied to some areas of the plant, regardless of the outside temperature. Using smart control units, the fans now run to supply heat only where and when needed.

 

More technology is being employed in the machining shops where gearboxes are produced. Compressed air is used as a coolant when machining intricate gearbox internals, rather than cutting oil, helping to reduce oil use to less than half of one per cent.

 

And at the end of a car's life…

Hwasung is also instrumental in the development of end-of-life treatment technologies to reduce the environmental and social impact of Kias. It is home to Kia's major Automobile Resource Regeneration centre, which not only dismantles cars once they are no longer serviceable, but is also helping to devise new ways in which Kias are designed and assembled, as well as with the choice of materials used in manufacturing.

 

Modern cars contain explosive materials to trigger their airbags in an accident and large quantities of environmentally hostile solids and liquids, which must all be recycled or disposed of safely. Metal components such as the car body, engine and gearbox are relatively easy to recycle, as is the battery and exhaust catalyst, but plastics and rubbers present a greater challenge. Now only 5 per cent of a scrapped car is incinerated without energy recovery.

 

Kia has developed an eight-stage dismantling process at Hwasung's ARR centre to recoup as many materials as possible for re-use while ensuring the few components which cannot be recycled are disposed of with the minimum environmental impact. Once the car to be scrapped has been registered it is taken into an explosives chamber where its airbags are triggered in a spectacular display of pyrotechnics. The car is then pre-treated for scrappage before all fluids are removed. The exterior, interior and powertrain components are systematically removed in sequence and finally the remnants of the car are crushed in a press.

 

The ARR centre works on a conveyor system, just like when cars are being made, so that large numbers can be dismantled and recycled in a short time span.

 

Eco-friendly recognition

The green landscape around Kia facilities is an important part of each plant make-up. One ongoing programme is based on a number of ecology gardens which are filled with trees and plants resistant and also sensitive to environmental changes in air pollution. This has the added benefits of providing a more comfortable environment for the staff and local population and offsetting some of the CO2 output from the facility.

 

These gardens are continually monitored since they act as real-world indicators of air quality. Each site is broadening the green patches in and around its compound and constantly monitors air pollution in neighbouring communities. A monthly task for each facility is a stream clean-up programme, where Kia cleans and maintains local, natural water courses. This is not only to monitor cleanliness but also to keep them maintained for local communities to enjoy.

The overall effect of the many green initiatives has resulted in Hwasung being officially recognised as an eco-friendly work site by the Korean Ministry of the Environment.

9          FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS                                                                    
Things we think you'll want to know

 

  1. How significant is the mid-sized MPV market?
  2. Contrary to the opinion held in some quarters, which claims that MPVs are suffering at the hands of crossovers and SUVs, it is growing, led by Europe and China.

 

  1. What makes the Carens stand out in class?
  2. Style and quality. The MPV class is full of cars which compete more or less equally for spaciousness and versatility, and the Carens is no different in that respect. But we believe it is far and away the most stylish car in its class. Add to this, the model’s exceptional build quality, standard seven-seat configuration and pioneering seven-year warranty and the Carens is proving to be a very tempting proposition.

 

  1. Why don’t you offer five- and seven-seat versions like some companies?
  2. We don’t believe we need both. If you look at what some other companies do, they build a five-seater and stretch it to create a seven-seat alternative. With the clever packaging of the new Carens, and its long wheelbase, we have been able to create a spacious and versatile seven-seater within a footprint not much larger than that of rival five-seaters. And if you want only five seats, it is simple and quick to fold two down without having to remove them from the car.

 

  1. Do you plan to add larger engines?
  2. They are already available in other markets so could be introduced if necessary, but we do not believe they are what the UK market wants. Our new GDi and CRDi units are highly efficient and cost-effective for fleet and retail customers, especially with the CO2 and fuel consumption reductions for the most popular 114bhp CRDi, while offering comparable performance to the larger, heavier, less efficient units available from some of our competitors.

 

  1. What is the volume selling grade?
  2. The 1.7 CRDi grade 2 114bhp 6-speed manual ISG

 

 

  1. Why is the improved standard CRDi engine available in only one model?
  2. It is all down to market demand. Grade 2 is by far the most popular version, especially among fleet users, and they enjoy the high economy, low emissions and low running costs of the standard diesel, which is why it is the strongest seller. Grade 1 buyers are looking for the lowest purchase price, which means a petrol engine, while the growing number of customers attracted by grades 3 and 4 want the best of everything and are happy to pay a slightly higher price for the more powerful diesel.

   

Kia Carens Tech Spec

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
All the facts and figures

1.6 GDi                                                                                                                                                      

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,591

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 77 x 85.4

 Power output

 bhp

 133 @ 6,300rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 165 (122) @ 4,850rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 11.0:1

 Engine details

 

 Double overhead camshaft; continuously

 variable valve timing; direct fuel injection

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear   

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.769

 2.045

 1.370

 0.971

 0.794

 0.688

 3.700

 4.563

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Coupled torsion beam axle

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs (300mm x 28mm) and solid rear discs (284mm x 10mm) with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion Motor Driven Power Steering with  Flex Steer

 Wheels (alloy)

 16 x 6.5J alloy

 Tyres

 205/55

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 Mm

 2,750

 Overall – l / w / h

 Mm

 4,525 / 1,805 / 1,605

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 Kg

 1,483 / 1,606

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 Kg

 1,300 / 730

 Boot capacity/seats down

 Litres

 492 / 1,650

 Turning circle - diameter

 M

 11.0

 Tank capacity

 Litres

 58

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.30

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 Seconds

 10.9

 Maximum speed

 mph

 115

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg  

        

 36.2 / 54.3 / 45.6

 

 CO2

 g/km

 143

 

 

 

1.7 CRDi (114bhp)

 

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 Cc

 1,685

 Bore / stroke

 Mm

 77.2 x 90.0

 Power output

 Bhp

 114 @ 4,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 260 (192) @ 1,250 – 3,000 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 17.0:1

 Engine details

 

 New generation common rail, variable geometry turbocharger (VGT), exhaust gas recirculation

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual         

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

  3.909                             

  2.04                               

  1.189                               

  0.844                               

  0.66                               

  0.596                               

  3.727                               

  3.471                               

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Coupled torsion beam axle

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs (300mm x 28mm) and solid rear discs (284mm x 10mm) with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion Motor Driven Power Steering with  Flex Steer

 Wheels (alloy)

 16 x 6.5J alloy

 Tyres

 205/55

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,750

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,525 / 1,805 / 1,605

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,581 / 1,706

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1,500 / 750

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 492 / 1,650

 Turning circle - diameter

 m

 11.0

 Tank capacity

 litres

 58

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.30

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual                  

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 12.7

 Maximum speed

 mph

 110                                            

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

       

 60.1 / 72.4 / 67.2

 

  CO2

 g/km

 109

 

1.7 CRDi (139bhp)

 

 

 

 Six-speed Manual

 Seven-speed auto DCT

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,685

 1,685

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 77.2 x 90.0

 77.2 x 90.0

 Power output

 bhp

 139 @ 4,000 rpm

 139 @ 4,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 340 (250) @ 1,750–2,500 rpm

 340 (250) @ 1,750–2,500 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 17.0:1

 17.0:1

 Engine details

 

New generation common rail, variable geometry turbocharger (VGT), exhaust gas recirculation

New generation common rail, variable geometry turbocharger (VGT), exhaust gas recirculation

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual          Seven-speed auto DCT

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 7th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

  3.615                                3.929

  1.794                                2.318

  1.542                                1.957

  1.176                                1.023

  0.921                                0.778

  0.732                                0.837

  n/a                                   0.681 

  3.731                                5.304

  (1-2, Reverse)4.063           (1-2, 4-5) 4.286

  (3-6) 2.995                       (3, 6-7, Reverse)  

                                         3.158

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Coupled torsion beam axle

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs (300mm x 28mm) and solid rear  discs (284mm x 10mm) with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion Motor Driven Power Steering with   Flex Steer

 Wheels (alloy)

 17 x 7J alloy

 Tyres

 225/45

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

 

Dimensions and weights

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Seven-speed auto DCT

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,750

 2,750

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,525 / 1,805 / 1,605

 4,525 / 1,805 / 1,605

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,591 / 1,716

 1,600 / 1,724

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1,500 / 750

 1,500 / 750

 Boot capacity / seats down

 litres

 492 / 1,650

 492 / 1,650

 Turning circle - diameter

 m

 11.0

 11.0

 Tank capacity

 litres

 58

 58

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.30

 0.30

 

 

 

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual         

 Seven-speed auto DCT

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 10.0

 10.9

 Maximum speed

 mph

 120

 117

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg    

 

 55.4 / 67.3 / 62.8

 

 53.3 / 62.8 / 58.9

  CO2

 g/km

 118

 127

 

GENERAL

Kia Carens 2017 Press Pack

THE 2017 MODEL YEAR KIA CARENS                                                               

Short story 

  • Enhancements to interior and exterior design
  • Compact on the outside; spacious on the inside
  • Seven seats in all models
  • Three efficient, powerful and refined engines
  • CO2 emissions now start at a reduced 109g/km
  • Four luxuriously equipped trim grades
  • Connectivity standard on all but the entry-level version

The Kia Carens is a rarity in the world of compact seven-seat MPVs – a car which provides all the practicality and versatility families need with the style which, until the introduction of the all-new, third-generation model, they could only dream of. 

In the latest version of the Carens, upgraded for the 2017 Model Year, practicality and versatility are undiminished but style has been further enhanced with a significant package of interior and exterior changes. 

There are also CO2 reductions, with emissions now starting at just 109g/km, while full in-car connectivity comes to the Carens for the first time. Improved audio systems and more stylish wheels are other upgrades for 2017.

Stylishly practical

Kia is not claiming to have re-invented the MPV with the Carens, but it provides all the room and versatility of its competitors while offering something they lack: style.

MPVs exist typically to meet the varied needs of families rather than turn heads. The Carens has been designed to do both. It exhibits all the hallmarks of the Kia design language masterminded by President of Design, Peter Schreyer: dynamism, elegance and distinctiveness.

 

All that is even more apparent in the upgraded 2017 model, which features new front and rear bumpers, new front grilles, new front fog lights on all but the entry-level version and new rear combination lamps. Front and rear skid plates embellish all models from grade 2 upwards, giving the Carens something of a crossover appearance. The trademark Kia 'tiger-nose' main grille is now wider and has a new black or high-gloss black mesh, with a chrome surround. The mesh patterns are repeated in the lower front grilles. There are new 16-inch or 17-inch alloy wheels on all grades.

 

The Carens is a masterpiece of packaging – somewhere between the five-seat and seven-seat models from competitors in overall length, yet more than a match for any of them for space, with abundant head, leg and shoulder room in all three rows of seats. The car's height is one of the lowest in class.

There are three individual sliding and reclining centre-row seats and two separate seats in the rear, all of which fold flat to ensure the ultimate in passenger-to-cargo versatility. A long, wide and tall luggage area and an under-floor compartment to store the cargo screen add to practicality. The front passenger seat also folds flat to allow exceptionally long loads to be carried.

The 2017 Carens features new seat materials on models with cloth upholstery. There is a stylish black knit for the entry-level grade 1 and a smart woven pattern in either black or beige for grade 2. The leather upholstery for grades 3 and 4, again in black or beige, is unchanged. Beige upholstery is available only with the new Mysterious Blue metallic paint option.

The centre fascia has been redesigned to accommodate the new 7-inch or 8-inch touchscreen for the navigation, infotainment and connectivity system. This has made space for a neater arrangement for some of the minor controls and information displays: the centre door lock has been moved from the fascia to the door panel, and the air conditioning display is now incorporated within the centre screen rather than on the panel lower in the dash, which now shows airbag and seat-belt reminder details and incorporates the hazard warning light button.

A DAB radio is now standard from grade 2 while the range-topping grade 4 has an eight-speaker JBL sound system with external amplifier and subwoofer. An upgraded engine start/stop button, now with an aluminium surround, is also standard on grade 4.

Fully connected

The 2017 Carens is fully connected with the outside world through Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom. This is standard from grade 2. The system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Kia Connected Services delivers additional, live information to that on the 3D navigation display through TMC (Traffic Messaging Channel). Drivers can therefore be kept up to date about traffic jams, speed camera locations, weather reports and local point of interest information. The system needs only to be paired with a compatible smartphone. Once this has been done, the driver can make phone calls, send and receive messages and call up music apps and audio books using Google Now or Siri voice commands to minimise distraction while driving. 

Quality through and through

The Carens exhibits the depth of quality evident in every new model from Kia, thanks to classy materials and sophisticated detailing. The wide fascia and crash pad have been split into an upper information area and a lower control area for ease of use, with all switches placed exactly where the driver would expect them to be. 

The cabin trim is characterised by minimal panel gaps and soft-to-the-touch surfaces. A leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter with chrome surround are standard. The three upper trim grades have black carbon-effect on the dash and doors and have a high-gloss black steering wheel bezel, and all models have metallic finish door handles and chrome accents within the cabin. Ten-way power seat adjustment for the driver and integral heaters in both front seats are standard with the top two trim grades. 

The increased space within the cabin and boot is reflected in the intelligent storage and usability features of the Carens. The standard cooled glovebox is supplemented by second-row under-floor storage, a centre console box, front and rear door pockets large enough to hold drinks bottles and front seat-back pockets. The front seat backs also have fold-up tables with cupholders in most versions, and there are cupholders in the second and third rows. The middle-row centre seat folds to create a table. 

The individual second-row seats are light for easy adjustment and folding, and all three have built-in three-point seat belts. A tilting and sliding mechanism on the outer two improves access to the rear. Third-row seats are also easy to move as a result of the rigid but lightweight plastic parts, and the head restraints ensure no obstruction to the driver’s rear visibility when the seats are unoccupied. 

Efficient and fun to drive

The Carens is available with a choice of three direct-injection engines – one petrol and two turbodiesels – which share the common characteristics of strong performance, outstanding fuel efficiency and excellent driveability and refinement. 

The European-designed 1.7-litre CRDi turbodiesel engines develop either 114bhp with 260Nm of torque or 134bhp and 340Nm.  Those high torque figures are maintained over a wide rev range, giving the Carens supreme driveability, even with a full complement of passengers on board. The standard version delivers maximum torque from 1,250 to 3,000pm and now produces less CO2 than before – down from 117g/km to 109g/km, with fuel consumption of 67.2mpg, a 4.4mpg improvement.  With its impressive and easily accessible torque, 0-60mph takes just 12.7 seconds and the top speed is 110mph. 

The more powerful option develops its 340Nm between 1,750 and 2,500rpm, which allows 0-60mph to be completed in 10.0 seconds. The top speed with this engine is also 120mph, while the CO2 and fuel consumption figures are 118g/km and 62.8mpg. This engine is also available with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox in place of the standard six-speed manual, with highly impressive economy and emissions figures of 58.9mpg and 127g/km.  Acceleration from 0-60mph is completed in 10.9 seconds and the top speed is 117mph. 

The petrol engine is the 1.6-litre Gamma GDi direct-injection unit that, with 133bhp and 165Nm of torque, ensures relaxed motorway performance and flexible responses in stop-start driving. Combined fuel economy is 45.6mpg, with comfortably more than 50mpg possible when cruising, while CO2 emissions are an impressively low 143g/km. But this is not at the expense of brisk performance. The petrol Carens can accelerate from 0-60mph in 10.9 seconds and has a top speed of 115mph. 

Kia’s Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) engine stop-start system is standard on all models. This ensures no fuel is used and no CO2 is emitted when the car is stationary in traffic. 

The MacPherson strut front and torsion bar rear suspension has been tuned to ensure precise handling and taut body control. This minimises undesirable lateral movement which can make passengers travelling in the middle and rear rows queasy. At the same time the suspension is supple enough to prevent the effects of bumpy and uneven roads from being felt in the cabin. 

Kia’s Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) provides quick and direct responses and includes as standard a triple-mode Flex Steer function. It allows drivers to select a greater level of assistance (Comfort) to make parking easier, or reduced assistance (Sport) for improved high-speed stability. There is also a default Normal setting. 

Great efforts have also been made to ensure the cabin is as quiet as it is comfortable. Measures include foam filling and sound-insulating pads in the roof pillars, a vibration-damping sheet on the dash panel and a large air duct and a resonator to counter engine booming. There is also a three-point engine and transmission mounting system and a driveshaft damper that improves cold weather noise characteristics with the petrol engine. 

Advanced safety features in four highly specified packages

Safety is paramount at Kia, especially in a model designed with family use in mind. With the arrival of the third-generation model, several features previously unavailable in the Carens were introduced and, as with every Kia, they are standard across the range. 

Hill-start Assist Control prevents the car from rolling backwards during uphill starts by maintaining braking pressure until the driver touches the accelerator, while the high-level brake lamp at the rear includes Emergency Stop Signalling which causes the light to flash during sudden braking to warn following drivers. The Carens also features Brake Assist to ensure maximum stopping power in an emergency, regardless of the force applied to the pedal by the driver, plus Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management, which keep the car stable on slippery roads or when accelerating or braking on surfaces with different levels of grip from left to right. 

The Carens has an immensely strong body shell created using the latest computer-aided design techniques. Collision energy is dispersed along deliberate channels to protect occupants in frontal, side or rear impacts. The body features extensive use of high-tensile hot-formed steel in the three frontal collision load paths and the side pillars and sills. Considerable effort has gone into the body framework and joints to improve rigidity. The body features rigid front strut mounts, reinforced vertical and cross members and a ring-shaped structure around the tailgate. 

The Carens is available with four trim and equipment packages, badged 1, 2, 3 and 4. Standard features include projection headlights with cornering lamps, LED daytime running lamps, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, driver’s seat height adjustment and tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, a centre console armrest, air conditioning, rear air ventilation, steering wheel-mounted controls, front and rear power windows, cruise control with a speed limiter, remote central locking and Bluetooth with voice recognition and music streaming. Trim grades 1 to 3 also have a rear conversation mirror, which is replaced by the controls for the panoramic sunroof on trim grade 4. The audio equipment in grade 1 is a six-speaker RDS radio/CD player with MP3 compatibility and USB and AUX ports. This model features 16-inch alloy wheels.

 Mid-range 2 models now have a 7-inch touchscreen navigation system with Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a rear-view camera, a DAB radio, privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate, chrome window trim, fog lights, roof rails, automatic headlight control, rain-sensing front wipers, electrically folding door mirrors with LED indicators and kerbside lamps, dual-zone air conditioning, a luggage net, a portable LED luggage light, reversing sensors and a reversing camera integrated into the centre fascia screen. 

The 3 version is distinguished by 17-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, 10-way driver’s seat adjustment, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, aeroblade-type front wipers with a de-icing system, second-row sun blinds and LED reading lights. 

The 4 versions have the same high level of equipment as the 3 with the addition of an 8-inch touchscreen, LED reading lights, a panoramic sunroof, a premium vision instrument cluster, an engine start/stop button, Parallel Park Assist System (PPAS) with Front and Rear Parking Sensors and the eight-speaker JBL audio system including an eight-channel external amplifier and a subwoofer. 

All versions are protected by a seven-year, 100,000-mile transferable warranty, Kia’s industry-leading demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of its cars. For retail customers, Kia’s Care-3 and Care-3 Plus inflation-proof three- and five-year servicing packages are available. All work is undertaken by trained technicians using genuine Kia parts and approved oils. The servicing packages are also transferable if the car is sold before they expire. 

The Carens line-up in the UK: 

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Combined mpg

CO2 g/km

1.6 GDi grade 1 6-speed manual ISG

133

165

10.9

115

45.6

143

1.6 GDi grade 2 6-speed manual ISG

133

165

10.9

115

45.6

143

1.7 CRDi grade 2 114bhp 6-speed manual ISG

114

260

12.7

110

67.2

109

1.7 CRDi grade 2 139bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

139

340

10.9

117

58.9

127

1.7 CRDi grade 3 139bhp 6-speed manual ISG

139

340

10.0

120

62.8

118

1.7 CRDi grade 3 139 bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

139

340

10.9

117

58.9

127

1.7 CRDi grade 4 139bhp 6-speed manual ISG

139

340

10.0

120

62.8

118

1.7 CRDi grade 4 139 bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

139

340

10.9

117

58.9

127

 

Ends

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WALK-AROUND  

A quick guide to the 2017 Carens 

Exterior

  • Dynamic and distinctive appearance with new front and rear bumpers, new front grilles, new front fog lights and new rear combination lamps
  • Wider black or high-gloss black mesh ‘tiger-nose’ grille with chrome surround
  • Front and rear crossover-style skid plates from grade 2 upwards
  • High-gloss black front foglight surrounds from grade 2 upwards
  •  ‘Butterfly action’ front wipers
  • LED daytime running lamps and static cornering lights
  • Body-coloured or chrome grip-type outer door handles
  • Sporty and aerodynamic side profile, with a Cd of 0.30
  • Wing-type foldable two-tone door mirrors with LED indicators and kerbside lamps
  • Surface-mounted roof rails
  • Delta glass in A- and C-pillars
  • New 16-inch or 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Wide rear glass and tailgate boost visibility and loading
  • High-mounted brake lamp and rear wiper mounted on the tailgate glass
  • Compact on the outside; spacious and versatile on the inside

 

Interior

  • Redesigned fascia to accommodate new navigation system with 7-inch or 8-inch touchscreen
  • New carbon-effect dash and door trim from grade 2 upwards
  • New high-gloss black steering wheel bezel from grade 2 upwards
  • Centre door lock moved to door panel
  • Air conditioning information now incorporated in touchscreen panel
  • Chrome surround on grade 4 engine start/stop button
  • Three individual folding second-row seats and two individual folding rear seats
  • Wide, horizontal two-zone dash layout: upper part is the information area and lower part the control area
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter
  • Organ-type accelerator pedal
  • Heated multi-function steering wheel available
  • Three-mode Flex Steer offering various levels of power assistance
  • Chrome accents on steering wheel ring, power window switches, air vent bezels, interior door handles, cluster ring and switches
  • New cloth seat trims on grades 1 and 2. Grades 3 and 4 have leather upholstery
  • Fold-up trays on rear of front seats
  • Headrests and three-point belts on all seats
  • Middle row seats slide forwards by 240mm to allow walk-in access to rear
  • Lightweight seats for easier folding and lifting
  • Long and wide luggage area
  • Under-floor area for storing load cover
  • Manual or dual-zone automatic air conditioning with automatic de-fog system on grades 2 to 4
  • Privacy glass on rear side windows and tailgate on grades 2 and above
  • Spacious, practical and versatile cabin
  • Class-leading in-car storage including row-two under-floor trays, large glovebox and large centre console box 

Technical

  • Choice of Gamma 1.6 GDi direct-injection petrol engine or two versions of U2 1.7-litre CRDi turbodiesel
  • Lower fuel consumption and emissions for lower-powered diesel. Emissions now start at 109g/km, with fuel consumption improved to 67.2mpg
  • U2 diesels benefit from emissions filter directly mounted to engine and plastic oil filter, intake manifold and head cover
  • Six-speed manual or seven-speed auto DCT gearbox
  • Isolation damper pulley and contact-type engine cover improve NVH of high-power diesel
  • Steering gear ratio engineered for direct, fast response
  • Extensive work to reduce body motion under braking, enhanced straight-line stability, ensure a smooth ride and minimise NVH 

Safety and convenience

  • Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility from grade 2 upwards
  • DAB radio standard from grade 2, with 8-speaker JBL audio system on grade 4
  • Reversing camera display from grade 2
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat grade on grades 3 and 4
  • Hill-start Assist Control, Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management standard
  • Emergency Stop Signalling standard
  • Strong and safe stiff body structure
  • Clean-air system purifies the air and removes odour
  • Glovebox cooling
  • Conversation mirror on grades 1, 2 and 3 

 3          DESIGN                                                                                                                                 Refreshed inside and out to add an extra touch of style 

Mid-sized MPVs primarily exist to meet the varied needs of families rather than turn heads, but the Kia Carens has been designed to do both. That is even more true with the extensive exterior and interior upgrades introduced for the 2017 Model Year version. 

There are new front and rear bumpers, new front grilles, new front fog lights on all but the entry-level version and new rear combination lamps across the range. Front and rear skid plates embellish all models from grade 2 upwards, giving the Carens something of a crossover appearance. The trademark Kia 'tiger-nose' main grille is now wider and has a new black or high-gloss black mesh, with a chrome surround. The mesh patterns are repeated in the lower front grilles. There are new 16-inch or 17-inch alloy wheels on all grades.

Exterior

Kia is not claiming to have re-invented the mid-sized MPV with the Carens. Thoroughly European in its execution, it provides all the functionality of its competitors while offering something they all lack: style. It exhibits all the highlights of the Kia design language masterminded by President and Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer in a car which is dynamic, elegant and distinctive. 

The front is now dominated by a wider interpretation of the familiar Schreyer ‘tiger-nose’ grille, featuring new black mesh on grade 1 and new high-gloss black mesh on all other versions, with a chrome surround across the range. The front is sharply contoured and voluminous, differentiating the Carens from the flat, dull appearance of most MPVs. The emphasis on volume lends the Carens a dynamic and sporty appearance through its sharp contours and is also a feature of the stylish headlight units that include, as standard, cornering lights and LED daytime running lamps. All versions have projection headlights with ‘welcome’ and ‘follow-me-home’ functionality, and grades 2, 3 and 4 also have automatic headlight control. 

All but the entry-level model also have new-style front fog lamps set into a high-gloss black housing. The newly redesigned bumpers of all four trim grades are in body colour and there is a lower skid plate from grade 2 upwards, giving the Carens something of a crossover appearance. The lower air intakes have been redesigned to incorporate the skid plate, with mesh to match that on the main grille. 

The front wipers have a butterfly action so that they clear the edges of the screen on both sides. On grades 2 and above the wipers are rain-sensing, while on grades 3 and 4 they are aeroblade-type and incorporate a de-icer. 

The sporty appearance of the Carens is equally evident from the sides, where the sleek profile is typical of the Schreyer-inspired modern Kia look. This is not purely for style. Aerodynamics – and, as a result, fuel efficiency and refinement – also benefit, lowering the Cd to 0.30. Three-dimensional side surfaces, with concave sections starting on the lower edge of the front doors and gently rising to the trailing edge of the rear doors, add to the dynamic appearance. The forward starting point of the cowl adds to the rakish looks of the car and also aids aerodynamics. 

Delta glass features behind the A-pillars and ahead of the C-pillars to ensure maximum side visibility, while on the majority of models a chrome belt line runs along the length of the side windows and rises as it meets the C-pillar, adding an elegant and sporty finishing touch. 

There are body-coloured door handles on grade 1 and chrome door handles on the other grades. All versions have electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors with LED indicators and kerbside lights and an electric folding mechanism on all but entry-level version. All grades have new 16-inch or 17-inch alloy wheels, and there are surface-mounted roof rails from grade 2. 

The rear of the Carens is sculpturally connected to the sides and lends the car a stable appearance while emphasising its practicality. A spoiler on the top edge of the tailgate, containing the LED high-level brake light with Emergency Stop Signalling on all models, is a neat, sporty flourish as well as an aerodynamic aid. There are new rear combination lamps and a new rear bumper, with a skid plate matching that at the front from grade 2. 

The Carens has a wide tailgate and window to maximise visibility and simplify loading, with a hidden frame design for the glass for added practicality. All models have a rear wiper arm mounted on the tailgate glass. 

Interior

The most significant change to the interior of the 2017 Carens is the redesigned fascia to accommodate the new navigation, infotainment and connectivity system with 7-inch or 8-inch touchscreen that is standard from grade 2 upwards. 

This has in turn made space for a neater arrangement for some of the minor controls and information displays: the centre door lock has been moved from the fascia to the door panel, and the air conditioning display is now incorporated within the centre screen rather than on the panel lower in the dash, which now shows airbag and seat-belt reminder details and incorporates the hazard warning light button. 

A DAB radio becomes standard from grade 2, while the range-topping grade 4 has an 8-speaker JBL sound system with external amplifier and subwoofer. An upgraded engine start/stop button, now with an aluminium surround, is also standard on grade 4. From grade 2 upwards the infotainment and navigation system is linked to Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom and also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The touchscreen is linked to a reversing camera display. 

There are new seat materials on models with cloth upholstery. There is a stylish black knit for the entry-level grade 1 and a smart woven pattern in either black or beige for grade 2. The leather upholstery for grades 3 and 4, again in black or beige, is unchanged. Beige upholstery is available only with the new Mysterious Blue metallic paint option. New carbon-effect dash and door trim and a high-gloss black steering wheel bezel features from grade 2 upwards. On grade 4 the engine start/stop button has been redesigned and now has an aluminium surround.

 The Carens sits somewhere between the five-seat and seven-seat models from competitors for overall length, yet with an unusually long wheelbase and low seat positions it more than matches them for space, with abundant head, leg and shoulder room in all three rows of seats, while delivering impressive luggage space – almost 500 litres with all seats in use and 1,650 litres when running in two-seat mode – and a low loading lip. 

There are three individual sliding and reclining centre-row seats and two separate seats in the rear, all of which fold flat to ensure the ultimate in passenger-to-cargo versatility. A long, wide and tall luggage area and an under-floor compartment to store the cargo screen add to the practicality of the Carens. The front passenger’s seat also folds in half to allow exceptionally long loads to be carried. 

The emphasis on volume in the exterior design is continued in the cabin, where the horizontal layout and clean, simple lines accentuate the feeling of space. At the same time, sophisticated details, luxurious materials and meticulous attention to fit and finish maintain the leap in quality that accompanies every new model from Kia.   

The wide fascia and crash pad have been split into an upper information area and a lower control area for ease of use, with all switches placed exactly where the driver would expect them to be. 

The space within the cabin and boot is reflected in the intelligent storage and usability features. The standard cooled glovebox is supplemented by second-row under-floor storage, a centre console box, front and rear door pockets large enough to hold drinks bottles and front seat-back pockets. The front seat backs also have fold-up tables with cupholders in most versions, and there are cupholders in the second and third rows. The middle-row centre seat folds to create a table. There is also storage space at either side of the third-row seats. 

The front seats provide solid support in the shoulder area for taller occupants. On models with beige leather upholstery, which comes as standard with the new Mysterious Blue metallic paint option, the side bolsters are now beige rather than black. 10-way power seat adjustment for the driver, and integral heaters in both front seats, are standard with the top two trim grades.

 The individual second-row seats are light for easy adjustment and folding, and all three have built-in three-point seat belts. A tilting and sliding mechanism on the outer two improves access to the rear. Third-row seats are also easy to move as a result of the rigid but lightweight plastic parts, and the head restraints ensure no obstruction to the driver’s rear visibility when the seats are unoccupied. 

Tilt and telescopic adjustment of the steering column is a standard feature, and the steering wheel is heated on grades 3 and 4. Audio, Bluetooth, Flex Steer and cruise control and speed limiter buttons are integrated neatly into the steering wheel spokes to minimise the time the driver’s hands have to leave the wheel. Multi-function stalks also assist functionality while blending harmoniously with the steering column shroud. 

4          RANGE FINDER                                                                                          
A fully connected car with four highly specified trim grades 

Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom and compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto makes the Carens a fully connected car for the first time with the 2017 model. 

Kia Connected Services delivers additional, live information to that on the 3D navigation display through TMC (Traffic Messaging Channel). Drivers can therefore be kept up to date about traffic jams, speed camera locations, weather reports and local point of interest information. 

The system needs only to be paired with a smartphone. Once this has been done, through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, the driver can make phone calls, send and receive messages and call up music apps and audio books using Google Now or Siri voice commands to minimise distraction while driving. The smartphone must have internet access and hotspot enabled in order to be able to retrieve information. 

Kia Connected Services is standard from grade 2 upwards. The information is displayed on a 7-inch touchscreen on grades 2 and 3 and an 8-inch touchscreen on grade 4. A reversing camera display is also linked to the navigation screen. 

Standard features include projection headlights with cornering lamps, LED daytime running lamps, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, driver’s seat height adjustment and tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, a centre console armrest, air conditioning, rear air ventilation, steering wheel-mounted controls, front and rear power windows, cruise control with a speed limiter, remote central locking and Bluetooth with voice recognition and music streaming. Trim grades 1 to 3 also have a rear conversation mirror, which is replaced by the controls for the panoramic sunroof on trim grade 4. The audio equipment in grade 1 is a 6-speaker RDS radio/CD player with MP3 compatibility and USB and AUX ports. This model features 16-inch alloy wheels. 

Mid-range 2 models add a DAB radio, privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate, chrome window trim, fog lights, roof rails, automatic headlight control, rain-sensing front wipers, electrically folding door mirrors with LED indicators and kerbside lamps, dual-zone air conditioning, a luggage net, a portable LED luggage light and reversing sensors. 

The 3 version is distinguished by 17-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, 10-way driver’s seat adjustment, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, aeroblade-type front wipers with a de-icing system, second-row sun blinds and LED reading lights. 

The 4 versions have the same high level of equipment as the 3 with the addition of an 8-inch touchscreen, LED reading lights, a panoramic sunroof, a premium vision instrument cluster, an engine start/stop button, Parallel Park Assist System (PPAS) with Front and Rear Parking Sensors and the eight-speaker JBL audio system including an eight-channel external amplifier and a subwoofer. 

Safety is paramount at Kia, especially in a model designed with family use in mind. With the arrival of the third-generation model, several features previously unavailable in the Carens were introduced and, as with every Kia, they are standard across the range. 

Hill-start Assist Control prevents the car from rolling backwards during uphill starts by maintaining braking pressure until the driver touches the accelerator, while the high-level brake lamp at the rear includes an Emergency Stop Signal which causes the light to flash during sudden braking to warn following drivers. The Carens also features Brake Assist to ensure maximum stopping power in an emergency, regardless of the force applied to the pedal by the driver, plus Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management to keep the car stable on slippery roads or when accelerating or braking on surfaces with different levels of grip from left to right.

 

Range

'1'

'2'

 '3'

'4'

EXTERIOR FEATURES & LIGHTING

 

 

 

 

16" Alloy Wheels (205/55 R16)

-

-

17" Alloy Wheels (225/45 R17)

-

-

Chrome Front Grille Surround

-

-

-

Chrome Front Grille Surround with Black High Gloss Mesh

-

Body Coloured Bumpers

S

S

S

S

Silver Front & rear skid plates

-

Body Coloured Exterior Door Handles

-

-

-

Chrome Exterior Door Handles

-

Body Coloured Door Mirrors

S

S

S

S

Chrome Window & Tailgate Trim

-

Rear Spoiler

S

S

S

S

EcoDynamics Badge

S

S

S

S

Tinted Glass

S

S

S

S

Privacy Glass (Rear Windows & Tailgate)

-

Roof Rails

-

Panoramic Sunroof with Tilting / Sliding Function & Automatic Electric Roll Blind

-

-

-

Projection Headlights

S

S

S

S

Headlights Levelling Device

S

S

S

S

Cornering Lights

S

S

S

S

Automatic Headlight Control

-

Welcome & Follow-me-home Light Functionality

S

S

S

S

Front Fog Lights

-

LED Daytime Running Lights

S

S

S

S

LED High-mounted Brake Light

S

S

S

S

AeroBlade-type Front Wipers

-

-

Rain Sensing Front Wipers

-

Front Wiper De-icer

-

-

Electrically Adjustable & Heated Door Mirrors

S

S

S

S

Wide-view Driver's Door Mirror

S

S

S

S

Electrically Folding Door Mirrors

-

Electrically Folding, Door Mirrors with LED Indicators and Kerbside Lights

-

Rear Wiper/Washer

S

S

S

S

Heated Rear Window

S

S

S

S

Standard Paint

S

S

S

S

Premium Paint

OPT

OPT

OPT

OPT

INTERIOR DESIGN & COMFORT

 

 

 

 

Black Cloth Seats

-

-

-

Black Woven Cloth Seats with Keep Clean Texture

-

-

-

Leather Seats*

-

-

Driver's Seat Height Adjuster

-

-

10-way Power Adjustable Driver's Seat (Tilting, Sliding, Reclining, Lumbar, Height Adjustment) with Cushion Extension

-

-

Heated Front Seats

-

-

Tilt & Telescopic Steering Wheel Adjustment

S

S

S

S

Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel

S

S

S

S

Leather & Chrome Trimmed Gearshift

S

S

S

S

Heated Steering Wheel

-

-

Faux Leather Door Armrest Trim

S

S

S

S

Faux Leather Door Centre Trim

-

High Gloss Grille Pattern Dashboard, Upper Centre Console, Door Trim & Steering Wheel Spokes

-

Metallic Finish Interior Door Handles

S

S

S

S

Centre Console Armrest

S

S

S

S

Air Conditioning

-

-

-

Dual Automatic Air Conditioning with Ioniser

-

Automatic Defog System

-

Rear Air Ventilation

S

S

S

S

Steering Wheel Mounted Controls

S

S

S

S

All-round Electric Windows with Driver's Auto Up & Down Function

S

S

S

S

2nd Row Windows Sunblinds

-

-

Cruise Control & Speed Limiter

S

S

S

S

Sunvisors with Vanity Mirrors & Ticket Holder (Driver's side)

S

S

S

S

Vanity Mirror Illumination (Driver & Front Passenger)

-

Remote Central Door Locking with Fold-away Key

-

Smart Key with Engine Start button

-

-

-

STORAGE, VERSATILITY & INTERIOR LIGHTING

 

 

 

 

7 Seats

S

S

S

S

Sliding & Reclining 2nd Row Seats

S

S

S

S

Folding Front Passenger Seat

S

S

S

S

30:30:30 Split Flat-folding 2nd Row Seats

S

S

S

S

50:50 Split Flat-folding 3rd Row Seats

S

S

S

S

3 x Passenger Assist Grips

S

S

S

S

3 x 12V Power Sockets (Front Centre Console, Rear Console)

S

S

S

S

Rear Coat Hook

S

S

S

S

Centre Console Cupholders

S

S

S

S

Front Seatback Fold Up Trays with Cupholders

-

2nd Row Seatback Cupholders

S

S

S

S

3rd Row Cupholders

S

S

S

S

Cooling Glovebox

S

S

S

S

Front Seatback Pockets

S

S

S

S

Front & Rear Door Storage

S

S

S

S

Centre Console Storage Box

S

S

S

S

2nd Row Underfloor Storage

S

S

S

S

Dash Illumination Dimmer Switch (Rheostat)

S

S

S

S

Ambient Lighting (Footwell Driver & Front Passenger)

-

Ignition Keyhole Illumination

-

Front Cabin Map Light

S

S

S

S

Conversation Mirror

-

Centre Cabin Light

-

2nd Row LED Reading Lights

-

-

-

Temporary Spare Wheel

S

S

S

S

Luggage 12V Power Socket

S

S

S

S

Luggage Area Light

-

-

-

Portable LED Luggage Light

-

Storable Luggage Area Load Cover

S

S

S

S

Luggage Net Hooks

S

S

S

S

Luggage Net

-

AUDIO, COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION

 

 

 

 

6-speaker System

S

S

S

S

JBL Premium Sound System

-

-

-

External Amp & Sub-Woofer

-

-

-

RDS Radio/CD Audio with MP3 Disc Compatibility

-

-

-

DAB Radio

-

USB & AUX Ports for Connection of an Audio Media Device (iPod, Memory Stick etc)

S

S

S

S

Bluetooth® with Voice Recognition*** & Music Streaming

S

S

S

S

7" LCD Touchscreen Navigation with Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC)

-

-

8" LCD Touchscreen Navigation with Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC)

-

-

-

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto via Connectivity***

-

Rear Parking Sensors**

-

Reversing Camera System (Integrated into Centre Fascia Screen)

-

Parallel Park Assist System (PPAS) with Front and Rear Parking Sensors**

-

-

-

Trip Computer - Distance, Fuel Consumption, Average Speed

S

S

S

S

Premium Vision Instrument Cluster

-

-

-

External Temperature, Door Open, Clock & Date Display

S

S

S

S

Washer Fluid Warning

S

S

S

S

ACTIVE SAFETY & DRIVING DYNAMICS

 

 

 

 

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) & Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)  

S

S

S

S

ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) & Brake Assist System (BAS)

S

S

S

S

Emergency Stop Signalling

S

S

S

S

Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)

S

S

S

S

Gear Shift Indicator

(Manual Only)

(Manual Only)

(Manual Only)

Kick Down Resistance (Fuel Efficiency Feature)

S

S

S

S

Motor Driven Power Steering

S

S

S

S

Dual Horn

S

S

S

S

Flex Steer (Normal, Comfort & Sport Modes)

S

S

S

S

Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG)

S

S

S

S

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

S

S

S

S

PASSIVE SAFETY

 

 

 

 

Twin Front Airbags

S

S

S

S

Front Passenger Airbag Cut-off Switch

S

S

S

S

Twin Side Airbags (Front)

S

S

S

S

Twin Curtain Airbags

S

S

S

S

All-round Height Adjustable Headrests

S

S

S

S

ISOFIX Child Seat Top Tethers & Anchor Fixings (Outer Rear Seats only)

S

S

S

S

All-round 3-point Seatbelts

S

S

S

S

Front Seatbelt Height Adjusters

S

S

S

S

Seatbelt Reminder Warning

S

S

S

S

Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlocking

S

S

S

S

Grab-type Exterior Door Handles

S

S

S

S

SECURITY

 

 

 

 

Advanced Anti-Theft System including Immobiliser & Alarm

S

S

S

S

Locking Wheel Nuts

S

S

S

S

Engine Immobiliser & Deadlocks

S

S

S

S

Child Safety Rear Door Locks

S

S

S

S

Interior Door Lock/Unlock Function

S

S

S

S

Speed Sensing Auto Door Locking

S

S

S

S

 

*Some parts of the leather upholstery contain faux leather

**Parking Sensors may not match exterior body colour

***Check with Dealers for mobile phone compatibility

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5          THE TECHNICAL STORY                                                                           

Three direct-injection engines with CO2 emissions now from 109g/km

 

The arrival of the 2017 Carens sees a reduction in CO2 emissions for the most popular engine in the range, the 114bhp 1.7-litre CRDi turbodiesel which is fitted exclusively to the grade 2 model. The reduction of 8g/km, from 117 to 109g/km will bring significant savings for business users who make up a large portion of buyers of this model by lowering benefit-in-kind taxation by two bands.

 

The Carens is also available with two more direct-injection engines – a higher-powered 139bhp 1.7-litre CRDi and a 1.6-litre GDi petrol unit. All three engines share the common characteristics of strong performance, outstanding fuel efficiency and excellent driveability and refinement. A six-speed gearbox is standard, while a seven-speed DCT dual-clutch automatic gearbox is optional with the higher-powered diesel.

 

The MacPherson strut front and torsion bar rear suspension has been tuned to ensure precise handling and taut body control. This minimises undesirable lateral movement that can make passengers travelling in the middle and rear rows queasy. At the same time, the suspension is supple enough to prevent the effects of bumpy and uneven roads from being felt in the cabin.

 

Kia’s Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) delivers fast, direct responses and includes as standard a triple-mode Flex Steer function. This allows drivers to select whatever level of assistance they prefer. A full range of electronic aids is also standard to assist the driver and ensure the Carens provides best-in-class active safety.

 

Great efforts have also been made to ensure the cabin is as quiet as it is comfortable, with a package of measures to counter noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). The result of all this is that the Carens is economical and fun to drive – with a hint of sportiness that matches its dynamic new design – and comfortable, quiet and safe to travel in.

 

 

Engines and transmissions

Both versions of the 1.7-litre U2 turbodiesel engine were engineered and designed at Kia's research and development facility at Rüsselsheim in Germany.  In standard form it develops 114bhp at 4,000rpm and 260Nm of torque from 1,250 to 3,000rpm. The higher-power version increases this to 139bhp, still at 4,000rpm, and 340Nm of torque between 1,750 and 2,500rpm.

 

The U2 engines deliver excellent driveability with high efficiency. Similar in construction to Kia's European-designed and built 1.6-litre CRDi engine, but with 77.2mm cylinder bores and a 90mm piston stroke to give a cubic capacity of 1,685cc, they have been designed with the needs of European motorists in mind.

 

The standard version of the U2 engine allows 0-60mph acceleration in 12.7 seconds with a 110mph top speed. The more powerful option covers 0-60mph acceleration in 10.0 seconds with manual transmission, with a 120mph top speed. The higher-powered engine is also available with a 7DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission which gives the car 0-60mph acceleration capability in 10.9 seconds with a 117mph top speed.

 

Both U2 engines are extremely clean and fuel efficient. CO2 emissions of the standard version have been improved by 8g/km, from 117 to 109g/km, while fuel consumption tumbles by 7.1mpg and is now 67.2mpg. The more powerful version has combined economy of 62.8mpg, with 118g/km CO2 emissions, with manual transmission, while the respective figures for the version equipped with the 7DCT gearbox are 58.9mpg and 127g/kmA diesel particulate filter is fitted as standard.

 

The petrol engine in the Carens is Kia’s 1.6-litre Gamma GDi unit, which develops 133bhp at 6,300rpm and 165Nm of torque at 4,850rpm – sufficient to ensure relaxed motorway performance and easy-to-drive, flexible responses in stop-start driving. It is an all-aluminium 1,591cc unit with four valves per cylinder operated by twin overhead camshafts. Continuously variable valve timing on both the inlet and exhaust sides ensures high torque across the rev range for good driveability and excellent power for motorway driving.

 

 

Combined fuel economy is 45.6mpg, with comfortably more than 50mpg possible when cruising, while CO2 emissions are an impressively low 143g/km. But this is not at the expense of brisk performance. The petrol Carens can accelerate from 0-60mph in 10.9 seconds and has a top speed of 115mph.

 

The efficiency of all versions of the Carens is increased by Kia’s Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) stop/start system. This switches off the engine when the car comes to rest. In manual versions the driver must put the gearlever into neutral and release the clutch. As a result no fuel is used and no emissions are created when the car is stationary in traffic. The engine restarts as soon as the driver presses the clutch pedal (manual) or touches the accelerator (7DCT). The accelerator pedal has an organ-type design which puts less stress on the driver’s ankle.

 

ISG consists of crankshaft position, battery and vacuum sensors plus neutral, on-off and clutch switches that feed into an electronic control unit.  This operates the ISG starter, intelligent alternator and cluster. The air conditioning units and bonnet switch also feed into the ISG ECU.

 

The six-speed manual transmission offers enhanced shifting performance and durability while contributing towards fuel efficiency. Its smooth shifting action is assisted by triple-cone synchronisers and fabric-carbon synchroniser rings which maximise the friction area. It requires short movements to change gear and has a trigger-type release button for selecting reverse. A modular shift control mechanism reduces the number of parts to save weight, improves quality and delivers greater precision by reducing the cumulative tolerance of the parts assembly.

 

The automatic gearbox which is one of the few in-house seven-speed DCT transmissions in the global auto industry. It is a dry dual clutch system to keep weight to a minimum and reduce the friction losses through viscosity which occur in wet dual-clutch systems.

 

In normal operation the 7DCT transmission changes gear automatically, with no need for intervention from the driver. The advantage of a double-clutch arrangement is that the next gear is always primed ready for selection, minimising torque losses during changes and improving smoothness and efficiency. One clutch operates gears 1, 2, 4 and 5 and the other is responsible for gears 3, 6 and 7 plus reverse.

 

The layout and gear train have been designed for light weight and compact size, while low-friction bearings and low-viscosity oil reduce friction, promoting greater efficiency, lowering reaction times and reducing noise.

 

Suspension, steering, brakes and electronic driver aids

The Carens relies on a tried-and-trusted suspension arrangement of MacPherson struts at the front with a torsion beam at the rear. It is a set-up that promotes stable and nimble handling with a pliant and comfortable ride and low noise transfer into the cabin while taking up the minimum of space – an essential condition to meet Kia’s requirements of flat-folding second- and third-row seats with the maximum possible luggage capacity.

 

Kia’s Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) has a quick ratio (14.6:1) for direct responses. It includes as standard a triple-mode Flex Steer function. This allows drivers to select a greater level of assistance (Comfort) to make parking easier, or reduced assistance (Sport) for improved high-speed stability. There is also a default Normal setting. Flex Steer has a memory function so that, for instance, if the car is parked using the Comfort setting the same degree of assistance will be maintained upon restart.

 

Anti-lock (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BAS) is standard on all models. Together, these measures ensure that the car stops in the shortest possible distance. BAS applies maximum braking in an emergency regardless of the force applied to the pedal by the driver.

 

Hill-start Assist Control prevents the car from rolling backwards during uphill starts by maintaining braking pressure until the driver touches the accelerator, while the high-level brake lamp at the rear now includes an Emergency Stop Signal which causes the light to flash during sudden braking to warn following drivers. The new Carens also features Electronic Stability Control (ESC) plus Vehicle Stability Management (VSM). ESC detects a possible loss of control on slippery surfaces or through over-exuberant driving and stabilises the car by braking one or more wheels, reducing engine torque or both. VSM compensates if the car is accelerating or braking on surfaces with differing levels of grip from left to right.

 

Counter-measures against NVH

The Carens is an extremely refined car, not only in comparison to the previous model but also when measured against class competitors, thanks to extensive work to counter noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

 

The drag co-efficient, or Cd is 0.30. A low Cd figure not only benefits fuel consumption and emissions by reducing aerodynamic drag at speed: it also aids refinement by minimising wind turbulence. A rear spoiler is standard on all models and there are under-body covers around the front wheels and the engine, the centre floor, the rear wheels and the rear sides. Even the edges of the rear lamp clusters have been shaped to smooth airflow around the car. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6          SAFETY                                                                                             

Protection for every passenger and every model

 

Safety is paramount at Kia, especially in a model designed with family use in mind. So, in addition to the electronic driver aids – ABS, EBD, BAS, ESC, VSM and HAC – designed to raise active safety thresholds and make accidents avoidable, the Carens is fully equipped with passive safety features to protect if a collision is unavoidable. All features are standard in every model, in keeping with Kia’s policy of taking a democratic approach to safety.

 

Passive safety begins with the strength of the body shell, and the Carens has an immensely strong structure created using the latest computer-aided design techniques.

 

Collision energy is dispersed along deliberate channels to protect occupants in frontal, side or rear impacts. The body features extensive use of high-tensile hot-formed steel in the three frontal collision load paths. Considerable effort has gone into the body framework and joints to improve rigidity. The body features rigid front strut mounts, reinforced vertical and cross members and a ring-shaped structure around the tailgate, which is light and rigid thanks to the use of tailored blanks. This allows the tailgate to be lighter but stronger.

 

Should the worst happen, every passenger has a three-point seat belt and there are twin front, front-side and curtain airbags. A seat-belt reminder alerts the driver if a passenger in the second or third rows fails to buckle up, or unfastens the belt during a journey. There are anti-whiplash front seats which automatically partially recline the backrests if a bumper-mounted rear collision sensor detects the possibility of the Carens being hit from behind. ISOFIX child-seat mounting points are fitted to the second-row seats and the front passenger’s seat, which has an airbag deactivation switch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7          RUNNING COSTS                                                                                                  

Engineered to keep down the cost of ownership

 

The Carens has been engineered, designed and equipped to minimise ownership costs. From the highly efficient powertrains on offer to the fully specified trim and equipment packages and the extensive safety measures, the Carens is an MPV that will appeal to smart families.

 

The most popular engine in the range – the standard 1.7-litre CRDi – now shows significant improvements in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions which will benefit not only the business users who make up a high percentage of users, through lower benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax, but also private family motorists. CO2 has been reduced by 8g/km from 117 to 109g/km, which lowers BIK tax by two bands and Vehicle Excise Duty by one group, while fuel economy improves from 60.1mpg to 67.2mpg.

 

An extensive list of standard equipment with all four trim packages frees owners from having to add extras to bring the car up to an acceptable specification, which is why Kia does not even offer an options list. And the structural strength of the Carens, combined with its extensive list of standard electronic driver aids, pays off when it comes to insurance.

 

Last but by no means least, the Carens joins every other Kia in providing the best warranty in the business – seven years or 100,000 miles – plus, for retail customers, low-cost Care-3 and Care-3 Plus all-inclusive servicing packages. Both the warranty and the servicing packages are transferable if the car is sold before they expire.

 

Fuel consumption (mpg) and CO2 (g/km)

 

Engine

Urban

Ex Urban

Combined

CO2

1.6 GDi grade 1 6-speed manual ISG

36.2

54.3

45.6

143

1.6 GDi grade 2 6-speed manual ISG

36.2

54.3

45.6

143

1.7 CRDi grade 2 114bhp 6-speed manual ISG

60.1

72.4

67.2

109

1.7 CRDi grade 2 139bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

53.3

62.8

58.9

127

1.7 CRDi grade 3 139bhp 6-speed manual ISG

55.4

67.3

62.8

118

1.7 CRDi grade 3 139 bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

53.3

62.8

58.9

127

1.7 CRDi grade 4 139bhp 6-speed manual ISG

55.4

67.3

62.8

118

1.7 CRDi grade 4 139 bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

53.3

62.8

58.9

127

 

 

Benefit-in-kind taxation rates and VED Bands

 

Engine

Tax rate

VED Band

1.6 GDi grade 1 6-speed manual ISG

25%

F

1.6 GDi grade 2 6-speed manual ISG

25%

F

1.7 CRDi grade 2 114bhp 6-speed manual ISG

21%

B

1.7 CRDi grade 2 139bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

25%

D

1.7 CRDi grade 3 139bhp 6-speed manual ISG

23%

C

1.7 CRDi grade 3 139 bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

25%

D

1.7 CRDi grade 4 139bhp 6-speed manual ISG

23%

C

1.7 CRDi grade 4 139 bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

25%

D

 

Insurance groups

 

Version

(1-50)

1.6 GDi grade 1 6-speed manual ISG

13

1.6 GDi grade 2 6-speed manual ISG

13

1.7 CRDi grade 2 114bhp 6-speed manual ISG

12

1.7 CRDi grade 2 139bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

17

1.7 CRDi grade 3 139bhp 6-speed manual ISG

17

1.7 CRDi grade 3 139 bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

17

1.7 CRDi grade 4 139bhp 6-speed manual ISG

18

1.7 CRDi grade 4 139 bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

18

 

 

Servicing

 

20,000 miles or every 12 months (petrol)

20,000 miles or every 12 months (diesel)

 

Care-3 and Care-3 Plus – Kia’s service packages for retail customers – are available and offer fixed-cost and inflation-proof servicing for the first three or five years. All work is carried out by trained technicians using genuine Kia replacement parts and specified oils.

 

Both packages cover the car, not the owner, so are transferable should the vehicle be sold.  If a vehicle with a Care-3 package is sold then the next owner may upgrade to the five-year service package.  The cost of the first MoT test can also be included.

 

Warranty and support

 

Seven-year / 100,000-mile manufacturer warranty

12-year anti-perforation warranty

Five-year paintwork warranty

One-year Europe-wide roadside assistance through KIAssist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8          MANUFACTURING AND THE ENVIRONMENT                                                 

Built at Hwasung, Kia’s major plant

 

The Carens is built at the Hwasung plant in Asan Bay. Hwasung is also Kia’s major petrol and diesel engine production plant.

 

Hwasung is Kia's largest factory, with a production capacity of 600,000 cars a year. It opened in 1989 and manufacturing began in 1991. Hwasung is also home to a 200-acre proving ground with 16 driving courses, opened in 1993, and it houses an employee sports centre, giving the 12,000 workers and their families access to gymnasiums, swimming pools, squash courts and weight-training and community facilities.

 

In recent years Hwasung has undergone major changes to improve the quality of production processes and the cars leaving the factory gates. The improved quality has been recognised by the American publication, Consumer Reports.

 

Constant efforts are also being made to minimise the plant's effect on the environment. There have been major initiatives to increase recycling, reduce the amount of pollutants and waste in the production process, lower greenhouse gas emissions and cut air pollution through more eco-friendly production systems. Energy-saving measures have also been introduced, and Hwasung has sent no waste to landfill since 2008.

 

Improved paint facilities have been installed and every aspect of vehicle production has been scrutinised to ensure the plant uses less energy. Water and power consumption, dust, CO2, contaminants and the amount of waste per vehicle have all been reduced.

 

Waste reduction

Kia has made reducing the amount of raw materials being fed into the production process a major priority in each of its production facilities. The last few years have seen significant progress in reducing waste, increasing recycling and developing cleaner production processes.

 

The overall waste generated by Hwasung is under constant review and a number of programmes have seen dramatic improvements.  Recycling has increased and now stands at well over 90 per cent. Exhaust pollutants from Hwasung – dust, NOx and SO2 – have also decreased dramatically.

 

New technology is playing a significant part in environmental improvement. Typical cast melting furnaces produce large amounts of dust, and contained within this is a high proportion of zinc. The captured dust is treated and the zinc extracted before being re-used within the production process.

 

Pump invertors have been fitted to coolant and collectant pumps to control the rpm according to load. This has led to energy savings and a reduction in CO2 equivalent to around 4,000 tons per year.

 

Another simple energy-saving process has been implemented within Hwasung’s huge and complex air conditioning systems. A fixed amount of heat was supplied to some areas of the plant, regardless of the outside temperature. Using smart control units, the fans now run to supply heat only where and when needed.

 

More technology is being employed in the machining shops where gearboxes are produced. Compressed air is used as a coolant when machining intricate gearbox internals, rather than cutting oil, helping to reduce oil use to less than half of one per cent.

 

And at the end of a car's life…

Hwasung is also instrumental in the development of end-of-life treatment technologies to reduce the environmental and social impact of Kias. It is home to Kia's major Automobile Resource Regeneration centre, which not only dismantles cars once they are no longer serviceable, but is also helping to devise new ways in which Kias are designed and assembled, as well as with the choice of materials used in manufacturing.

 

Modern cars contain explosive materials to trigger their airbags in an accident and large quantities of environmentally hostile solids and liquids, which must all be recycled or disposed of safely. Metal components such as the car body, engine and gearbox are relatively easy to recycle, as is the battery and exhaust catalyst, but plastics and rubbers present a greater challenge. Now only 5 per cent of a scrapped car is incinerated without energy recovery.

 

Kia has developed an eight-stage dismantling process at Hwasung's ARR centre to recoup as many materials as possible for re-use while ensuring the few components which cannot be recycled are disposed of with the minimum environmental impact. Once the car to be scrapped has been registered it is taken into an explosives chamber where its airbags are triggered in a spectacular display of pyrotechnics. The car is then pre-treated for scrappage before all fluids are removed. The exterior, interior and powertrain components are systematically removed in sequence and finally the remnants of the car are crushed in a press.

 

The ARR centre works on a conveyor system, just like when cars are being made, so that large numbers can be dismantled and recycled in a short time span.

 

Eco-friendly recognition

The green landscape around Kia facilities is an important part of each plant make-up. One ongoing programme is based on a number of ecology gardens which are filled with trees and plants resistant and also sensitive to environmental changes in air pollution. This has the added benefits of providing a more comfortable environment for the staff and local population and offsetting some of the CO2 output from the facility.

 

These gardens are continually monitored since they act as real-world indicators of air quality. Each site is broadening the green patches in and around its compound and constantly monitors air pollution in neighbouring communities. A monthly task for each facility is a stream clean-up programme, where Kia cleans and maintains local, natural water courses. This is not only to monitor cleanliness but also to keep them maintained for local communities to enjoy.

The overall effect of the many green initiatives has resulted in Hwasung being officially recognised as an eco-friendly work site by the Korean Ministry of the Environment.

9          FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS                                                                    
Things we think you'll want to know

 

  1. How significant is the mid-sized MPV market?
  2. Contrary to the opinion held in some quarters, which claims that MPVs are suffering at the hands of crossovers and SUVs, it is growing, led by Europe and China.

 

  1. What makes the Carens stand out in class?
  2. Style and quality. The MPV class is full of cars which compete more or less equally for spaciousness and versatility, and the Carens is no different in that respect. But we believe it is far and away the most stylish car in its class. Add to this, the model’s exceptional build quality, standard seven-seat configuration and pioneering seven-year warranty and the Carens is proving to be a very tempting proposition.

 

  1. Why don’t you offer five- and seven-seat versions like some companies?
  2. We don’t believe we need both. If you look at what some other companies do, they build a five-seater and stretch it to create a seven-seat alternative. With the clever packaging of the new Carens, and its long wheelbase, we have been able to create a spacious and versatile seven-seater within a footprint not much larger than that of rival five-seaters. And if you want only five seats, it is simple and quick to fold two down without having to remove them from the car.

 

  1. Do you plan to add larger engines?
  2. They are already available in other markets so could be introduced if necessary, but we do not believe they are what the UK market wants. Our new GDi and CRDi units are highly efficient and cost-effective for fleet and retail customers, especially with the CO2 and fuel consumption reductions for the most popular 114bhp CRDi, while offering comparable performance to the larger, heavier, less efficient units available from some of our competitors.

 

  1. What is the volume selling grade?
  2. The 1.7 CRDi grade 2 114bhp 6-speed manual ISG

 

 

  1. Why is the improved standard CRDi engine available in only one model?
  2. It is all down to market demand. Grade 2 is by far the most popular version, especially among fleet users, and they enjoy the high economy, low emissions and low running costs of the standard diesel, which is why it is the strongest seller. Grade 1 buyers are looking for the lowest purchase price, which means a petrol engine, while the growing number of customers attracted by grades 3 and 4 want the best of everything and are happy to pay a slightly higher price for the more powerful diesel.

   

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Kia Carens Tech Spec

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
All the facts and figures

1.6 GDi                                                                                                                                                      

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,591

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 77 x 85.4

 Power output

 bhp

 133 @ 6,300rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 165 (122) @ 4,850rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 11.0:1

 Engine details

 

 Double overhead camshaft; continuously

 variable valve timing; direct fuel injection

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear   

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.769

 2.045

 1.370

 0.971

 0.794

 0.688

 3.700

 4.563

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Coupled torsion beam axle

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs (300mm x 28mm) and solid rear discs (284mm x 10mm) with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion Motor Driven Power Steering with  Flex Steer

 Wheels (alloy)

 16 x 6.5J alloy

 Tyres

 205/55

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 Mm

 2,750

 Overall – l / w / h

 Mm

 4,525 / 1,805 / 1,605

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 Kg

 1,483 / 1,606

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 Kg

 1,300 / 730

 Boot capacity/seats down

 Litres

 492 / 1,650

 Turning circle - diameter

 M

 11.0

 Tank capacity

 Litres

 58

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.30

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 Seconds

 10.9

 Maximum speed

 mph

 115

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg  

        

 36.2 / 54.3 / 45.6

 

 CO2

 g/km

 143

 

 

 

1.7 CRDi (114bhp)

 

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 Cc

 1,685

 Bore / stroke

 Mm

 77.2 x 90.0

 Power output

 Bhp

 114 @ 4,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 260 (192) @ 1,250 – 3,000 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 17.0:1

 Engine details

 

 New generation common rail, variable geometry turbocharger (VGT), exhaust gas recirculation

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual         

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

  3.909                             

  2.04                               

  1.189                               

  0.844                               

  0.66                               

  0.596                               

  3.727                               

  3.471                               

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Coupled torsion beam axle

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs (300mm x 28mm) and solid rear discs (284mm x 10mm) with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion Motor Driven Power Steering with  Flex Steer

 Wheels (alloy)

 16 x 6.5J alloy

 Tyres

 205/55

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,750

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,525 / 1,805 / 1,605

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,581 / 1,706

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1,500 / 750

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 492 / 1,650

 Turning circle - diameter

 m

 11.0

 Tank capacity

 litres

 58

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.30

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual                  

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 12.7

 Maximum speed

 mph

 110                                            

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

       

 60.1 / 72.4 / 67.2

 

  CO2

 g/km

 109

 

1.7 CRDi (139bhp)

 

 

 

 Six-speed Manual

 Seven-speed auto DCT

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,685

 1,685

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 77.2 x 90.0

 77.2 x 90.0

 Power output

 bhp

 139 @ 4,000 rpm

 139 @ 4,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 340 (250) @ 1,750–2,500 rpm

 340 (250) @ 1,750–2,500 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 17.0:1

 17.0:1

 Engine details

 

New generation common rail, variable geometry turbocharger (VGT), exhaust gas recirculation

New generation common rail, variable geometry turbocharger (VGT), exhaust gas recirculation

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual          Seven-speed auto DCT

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 7th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

  3.615                                3.929

  1.794                                2.318

  1.542                                1.957

  1.176                                1.023

  0.921                                0.778

  0.732                                0.837

  n/a                                   0.681 

  3.731                                5.304

  (1-2, Reverse)4.063           (1-2, 4-5) 4.286

  (3-6) 2.995                       (3, 6-7, Reverse)  

                                         3.158

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Coupled torsion beam axle

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs (300mm x 28mm) and solid rear  discs (284mm x 10mm) with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion Motor Driven Power Steering with   Flex Steer

 Wheels (alloy)

 17 x 7J alloy

 Tyres

 225/45

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

 

Dimensions and weights

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Seven-speed auto DCT

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,750

 2,750

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,525 / 1,805 / 1,605

 4,525 / 1,805 / 1,605

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,591 / 1,716

 1,600 / 1,724

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1,500 / 750

 1,500 / 750

 Boot capacity / seats down

 litres

 492 / 1,650

 492 / 1,650

 Turning circle - diameter

 m

 11.0

 11.0

 Tank capacity

 litres

 58

 58

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.30

 0.30

 

 

 

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual         

 Seven-speed auto DCT

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 10.0

 10.9

 Maximum speed

 mph

 120

 117

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg    

 

 55.4 / 67.3 / 62.8

 

 53.3 / 62.8 / 58.9

  CO2

 g/km

 118

 127

 



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