The Kia Carens compact MPV was launched in May and became its final model to receive the Peter Schreyer magic.
Kia’s star designer transformed the Carens from gawky, unappealing white goods car to something much more appealing: it’s now a genuine Ford C-Max and Citroen C4 Picasso rival.
Just one problem: the launch range didn’t offer sat nav. At all. This, from a maker that fits standard sat nav to half the Cee’d family hatch people might be trading up from.
Now, it’s fixed: Kia is now selling a Carens 3 Sat Nav variant, with standard colour touchscreen navigation.
Available to order now from dealers, it costs £24,845 and is fitted with the 134hp 1.7-litre CRDi engine; it also has an uprated seven-speaker stereo (with sub – boom!) and still retails the leather seats and full-length panoramic sunroof of the regular 3.
It’s arrival follow “feedback from customers and dealers alike”. MR was among them: good to see Kia listens and has rectified this omission.
The introduction of the Kia Carens 3 Sat Nav variants follows last week’s news that Euro NCAP has awarded it a full five-star crash safety rating, the seventh Kia to get top marks in the tests.
Do both developments mean the Carens now one of the best all-round seven-seat MPVs on the market? Soon, we’ll be putting it to the test and finding out…