MR gets a new car: Kia Carens


After nearly 17,000 miles in a Kia cee’d Sportswagon, changeover time has arrived. What’s replacing it? Why, a Kia Carens.

As the custodian of the cee’d, I’ve found it hard to fault. But, as joint custodian of a two year old daughter with another child due soon, I’m interested in what it’s like to trade up, family style…

… from estate car to, why, people carrier.

Is it something to be feared? Should blokes who like driving just give up when the dreaded MPV arrives? Or are modern people carriers basically like even more practical estate cars and are thus the smart buy for families across the land?

We shall see. Many people today have decided the compact SUV is the must-have more practical replacement for a family hatch or estate, but I reckon there’s still merit in the compact MPV. For the next two months, I’ll be finding out.


Rather neatly, we’ve made sure it’s a direct swap. Our cee’d SW was a 1.6 CRDi 3, costing £20k new. The Carens is a 1.7 CRDi 2, with an almost identical list price.

There’s less kit – no sat nav, sniff – but more space and more practicality. Which gets our nod now… and which will get the nod when the new baby arrives?

Watch this space…

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