Kia Announces Carens UK Specification and Pricing

Kia Announces Carens UK Specification and Pricing 
- 7-seat compact MPV goes on sale 1 May 2013  
- Three efficient engines: one petrol and two turbodiesel  
- Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions available  
- Choice of three well-specified trim levels  
- CO2 emissions from 124g/km  
- Care-3 all-inclusive servicing packages from GBP 329  
- Seven year fully-transferable warranty  
- Priced from GBP 17,895 OTR 
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 04/29/13 --  
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Kia UK has now announced pricing and specification details for the
all-new Carens that is now available to order from Kia dealerships
across the UK. 
The all-new third-generation 7-seater Carens completes the design-led
revolution that President and Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer
began only a few years ago, by renewing every model in the range, and
that has completely transformed Kia's image and driven the company
towards year after year of record sales. 
All versions of the New Carens in the UK have a versatile and
spacious seven-seat interior. There are three highly efficient and
modern engines - one petrol and two turbodiesels - two transmissions
and three trim and equipment packages. 
Kia is not claiming to have re-invented the MPV with the new Carens.
But it provides all the room and versatility of its competitors while
offering something they all lack: style. 
MPVs exist to meet the varied needs of families rather than turn
heads. The new Carens has been designed to do both. It exhibits yet
another interpretation of the Kia design language masterminded by
Schreyer...dynamic, elegant, prestigious, strong and distinctive. In
customer clinics conducted in Europe, the new Carens came out ahead
of its major European competitors for its all-round appearance. 
Like the latest Sportage crossover - another radical departure from
the model it replaced, and one that has been at the forefront of
Kia's rocketing sales - the new Carens is a car people will want to
own rather than one bought out of necessity.
The new Carens 7-seater MPV is 20mm shorter, 15mm narrower and 45mm
lower than the model it replaces, which means that in size it sits
somewhere between the five-seat and seven-seat models from
competitors. Yet thanks to a 50mm increase in wheelbase and lower
seat positions it more than matches them for space, with abundant
head, leg and shoulder room in all three rows of seats, while
delivering the additional benefits of increased luggage space and a
lower loading lip. The overall height of 1605mm is one of the lowest
in class and 5mm lower to that of the Soul. 
There are now three individual sliding and reclining centre-row seats
in place of a split bench and two separate seats in the rear, all of
which fold flat to ensure the ultimate in passenger-to-cargo
versatility. A longer, wider and taller luggage area and - for the
first time - an under-floor compartment to store the cargo screen
adds to the practicality of the new Carens. The front passenger's
seat also folds flat to allow exceptionally long loads to be carried. 
This has all been achieved within a rakish, sleek and sporty profile
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. Three-dimensional side surfaces add to the
dynamic appearance of the new Carens. 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. 
Body-coloured or chrome exterior door handles and body-coloured door
mirrors (with LED indicators and kerb lights on all but entry-level
versions) are other premium touches, and most models have new-style
alloy wheels and surface-mounted roof rails. 
The front of the new Carens is dominated by the now familiar Schreyer
'tiger-nose' grille with a chrome edge and either black or high-gloss
black mesh. The front is sharply contoured and voluminous,
differentiating the Carens from the flat, dull appearance of most
MPVs. Volume is also a feature of the stylish headlight units that
include, as standard, cornering lights and LED daytime running lamps. 
At the rear, a wider tailgate and window emphasise the solidity and
practicality of the new Carens, with no dilution of the cohesive
overall design. Black garnish beneath the rear bumper and a standard
rear spoiler with an integral high-level brake light maintain the
dynamic appearance that starts at the front of the car. Most versions
feature a chrome tailgate finisher. 
The 7-seater Carens maintains the leap in quality with every
successive new model from Kia, thanks to the 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. Each trim grade comes complete with its
own unique seat material - black cloth, black woven cloth with
keep-clean texture or a choice of two leathers (depending on exterior
colour choice). A leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter with
chrome surround are standard in the Carens interior specification,
along with faux leather garnish on part or all of the door interiors.
The two upper trim grades have black high-gloss panels with a grille
pattern in the dash, upper centre console, doors and steering wheel
spokes, and all models have metallic finish door handles and chrome
accents within the cabin. 
The increased space within the cabin and boot is reflected in the
improved and more intelligent storage and usability features of the
new 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 new-style front seats provide greater support in the shoulder
area for taller occupants. Ten-way power adjustment for the driver,
and integral heaters in both front seats, are standard with the
highest trim grade. The individual second-row seats are lighter for
easier 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 easier to
move as a result of the introduction of rigid but lightweight plastic
parts, and redesigned head restraints ensure no obstruction to the
driver's rear visibility when the seats are unoccupied. 
The new 7-seater 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. 
Overall, the models technical specification is impressive. 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
easy-to-drive, flexible responses in stop-start driving. Combined
fuel economy is 44.1mpg, with comfortably more than 53mpg possible
when cruising, while the Carens CO2 emissions are an impressively low
149g/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 new Carens family car is also available with two versions of the
European-designed 1.7-litre CRDi manual transmission turbodiesel
engine, developing either 114bhp and 260Nm of torque or 134bhp and
330Nm. 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 2,750rpm and 0-60mph acceleration in
12.6 seconds with a 112mph top speed. The more powerful engine option
develops its 330Nm between 2,000 and 2,500rpm, which allows 0-60mph
to be completed in 10.0 seconds and a top speed of 119mph. 
Both 1.7 CRDi power outputs are extremely clean and fuel-efficient.
Combined cycle fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are 60.1mpg and
124g/km and 56.4mpg and 132g/km respectively, and a diesel
particulate filter is fitted as standard. 
The 1.7 CRDi version with the six-speed automatic transmission
delivers 134bhp and 320Nm of torque between 1,750 - 2,500rpm, that
allows a 0-60mph to be completed in 11.6 seconds and a top speed of
116mph. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are 46.3mpg and 159g/km. 
Kia's Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG)engine stop-start system is standard
on all manual-gearbox models. A new accelerator pedal design makes
driving more comfortable with a design that puts less stress on the
driver's ankle articulation. 
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) now has a quicker ratio for
more direct responses and includes as standard the 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. New measures include increased foam filling and
sound-insulating pads in the roof pillars, a vibration-damping sheet
on the dash panel and a larger air duct and a new resonator to
counter engine booming. There is also a new three-point engine and
transmission mounting system and a temperature-insensitive driveshaft
damper that improves cold weather noise characteristics with the
petrol engine. 
Safety is paramount at Kia, especially in a model designed with
family use in mind. With the arrival of the new model, several
features previously unavailable in the Carens have been introduced,
and as with every Kia, they are standard across the range. 
The Carens safety specification includes hill-start Assist Control,
which 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 Brake Assist to ensure maximum stopping power in an
emergency, regardless of the force applied to the pedal by the
driver, plus Vehicle Stability Management. This links with the
Electronic Stability Control to reduce the amount of steering
assistance if the driver over-corrects in an emergency, and increases
assistance if the driver under-corrects. 
The new 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, that is lighter and more
rigid thanks to the use of tailored blanks.  
The new Carens MPV is available with three trim and equipment
packages, badged '1', '2' and '3'. Standard features include seven
seats, 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 gearshift, a centre
console armrest, air conditioning, rear air ventilation, steering
wheel-mounted controls, front and rear electric windows, cruise
control with a speed limiter, remote central locking, a six-speaker
RDS radio/CD player with iPod connectivity, MP3 compatibility and
Bluetooth with voice recognition and music streaming. Trim grades '1'
and '2' also have a rear conversation mirror, which is replaced by
the controls for the panoramic sunroof on trim grade '3'. 
The mid-spec '2' models have in addition 16-inch alloy wheels,
privacy glass, 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 top-grade '3' versions are distinguished by 17-inch alloy wheels,
a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, 10-way driver's seat
adjustment, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, aero
blade-type front wipers with a de-icing system, second-row sun blinds
and LED reading lights, and a colour reversing camera integrated into
the centre fascia screen. 

                                                                    1.7 CRDi
                                                1.7 CRDi  1.7 CRDi  (134bhp,
Performance & Economy                  1.6 GDi  (114bhp)  (134bhp)     Auto)
Trim Grade                            '1', '2'  '1', '2'       '3'       '2'
CO2 Emissions (g/km)                       149       124       132       159
VED Band                                     F         D         E         G
Combined Economy (mpg)                    44.1      60.1      56.4      46.3
0 - 60 mph (seconds)                      10.9      12.6      10.0      11.6
Top Speed (mph)                            115       112       119       116
                                                                    1.7 CRDi
                                                1.7 CRDi  1.7 CRDi  (134bhp,
Dimensions & Weights                   1.6 GDi  (114bhp)  (134bhp)     Auto)
Trim Grade                            '1', '2'  '1', '2'       '3'       '2'
Length (mm)                                            4,525                
Width (mm)                                             1,805                
Height (mm, inc roof rails)                            1,605                
Wheelbase (mm)                                         2,750                
Min Kerb Weight (kg)                     1,483     1,581     1,591     1,600
Max Kerb Weight (kg)                     1,606     1,706     1,716     1,724
Boot vol. (l, VDA, min/max)                  492 / 1,650 (seats down)       
Performance               Power (bhp) Torque (Nm) 0-60 (sec) Top speed (mph)
'1' 1.6 GDi 133bhp 6-                                                       
 speed manual ISG 7-seat          133         165       10.9             115
'1' 1.7 CRDi 114bhp 6-                                                      
 speed manual ISG 7-seat          114         260       12.6             112
'2' 1.6 GDi 133bhp 6-                                                       
 speed manual ISG 7-seat          133         165       10.9             115
'2' 1.7 CRDi 114bhp 6-                                                      
 speed manual ISG 7-seat          114         260       12.6             112
'2' 1.7 CRDi 134bhp 6-                                                      
 speed automatic 7-seat           134         320       11.6             116
'3' 1.7 CRDi 134bhp 6-                                                      
 speed manual ISG 7-seat          134         330       10.0             119

All versions of Carens have servicing intervals of 20,000 miles or 12
months, whichever comes sooner.  
Like many other models in the Kia range, Carens is available with
Care-3 - Kia's all-inclusive servicing package that provides retail
customers inflation-proof servicing costs for the first three or, in
the case of Care-3 Plus, five services of the vehicle's life. It is
also fully transferable to subsequent owners. Care-3 is available on
Carens for GBP 329. Care-3 Plus is available for GBP 609.  
As with all new Kias, Carens comes with an industry-leading seven
year / 100,000 mile warranty (unlimited mileage in the first three
years) that is fully transferable to subsequent owners. 

Pricing & Running Costs               MPG (Comb.)    CO2 Ins. Group      OTR
'1' 1.6 GDi 133bhp 6-speed manual ISG                                    GBP
 7-seat                                      44.1    149         13   17,895
'1' 1.7 CRDi 114bhp 6-speed manual                                       GBP
 ISG 7-seat                                  60.1    124         12   19,295
'2' 1.6 GDi 133bhp 6-speed manual ISG                                    GBP
 7-seat                                      44.1    149         13   19,195
'2' 1.7 CRDi 114bhp 6-speed manual                                       GBP
 ISG 7-seat                                  60.1    124         12   20,595
'2' 1.7 CRDi 134bhp 6-speed automatic                                    GBP
 7-seat                                      46.3    159         16   21,995
'3' 1.7 CRDi 134bhp 6-speed manual                                       GBP
 ISG 7-seat                                  56.4    132         16   23,895

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