In its considerably short span in India, Kia has impressively bloomed and is now looking forward to clutching a stronghold in the 7-seater segment by launching the Kia Carens today i.e., 15th February. While the segment is currently ruled by Tata Safari and Mahindra XUV700, the new Korean MUV is expected to turn the tables with its unique credentials. Sharing its platform and powertrains with Kia Seltos, the Kia Carens brings a unique combination of SUV’s style and MUV’s practicality. This overview covers everything you need to know about the Kia Carens.
Kia Carens Specifications
Kia Carens Engine & Transmission
1.5L petrol engine
1.4L turbocharged petrol engine
1.5L diesel engine
7-speed DCT automatic
6-speed torque converter automatic
Automatic: 18.4 km/l
Manual: 21.3 km/l
Kia Carens Dimension
216L, 645L (3rd row folded), 1164L (2nd and 3rd row folded)
Kia Carens Standard Safety Features
ABS with EBD & ESC
Hill start assist
Disc brakes in all wheels
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Rear parking sensors
With the proportions of an MUV and the style of an SUV, especially at the front, the Kia Carens is bound to strike you with its unique aesthetic. The front fascia features a thick blacked-out grille that allures you with its 3D knurling pattern underlined by the sleek chrome lining. Lifting the beauty further up is the stylish spit LED headlamps and constellation-inspired LED DRLs. The ice-cube-shaped fog lamps are seamlessly integrated with Kia’s signature larger Tiger Nose motif which has been moved to the bumper and delineated with thick chrome lining. While the Tiger-inspired face of Carens attracts you with a sedate vibe, the gaping air intake adds some muscular character.
As the front boasts its SUV styling, the side profile of Carens holds your attention with its gleaming practicality, upright stance, straight roofline, and integrated roof rails. The Carens only shares the front door of the Seltos. The larger rear doors and the large glass housing with notable larger rear quarter glass conveys the enormous space within the cabin. What holds your eyes for a few more beats are the 16-inch crystal-cut alloy wheels, the stylish chrome garnish that underlines the windows, and the bold character which begins from the headlamps melts into the doors and then emerges at the rear to meet the tail lamps.
As you come to the rear, the wide and voluminous design will hold you spellbound with its unique 3D appeal. There are star-shaped LED tail lamps linked via a slim LED strip and the rear spoiler is neatly integrated with the roof over the nicely raked windshield. You’d find the magnificence being elevated by a stylish bumper that houses piano black skid plate with silver surrounds, and a shark-fin antenna at the roof.
Exterior Key Highlights
- SUV-like front facia
- 16-inch crystal-cut Alloy wheels
- Kia’s large signature Tiger nose pattern over the front bumper
- Longest wheelbase in the segment of 2,780 mm
- Large glass housing
- 195 mm ground clearance
Stepping inside the Kia Caren recites Kia’s typical fashion of ornamenting its products with premium-looking interiors that exude a modern feel. What comforts you, is the richness of space provided by the longest wheelbase in the segment of 2,780 mm, which is 20 mm more than that of Hyundai Alcazar. In the front section, the glossy black dashboard which houses a 10.25-inch touchscreen of the infotainment system extends towards the windshield and flows into the front door due to its cab-forward design. Catering to the convenience is the short and stubby center console housing multiple controls and is smartly placed between the spacious front seats.
Being 40 mm longer, 10 mm wider, and 33 mm taller than the Alcazar is speaking volumes about the space in the second and third row. Accentuating the comfort even further is the premium and well-contoured upholstery with their nicely balanced reclination. The seating is finely positioned and heightened to offer all passengers a great all-around view through the large windows.
Along with the comfort, the Kia Carens is exceptionally high on convenience due to Kia’s tradition of equipping their cars with loads of features and modern functions. As a driver, you will love the multi-function steering wheel, paddle shifters (for automatic), a fully-digital instrument cluster, and easy access to the central console which won’t let you lose sight of the road while driving. While a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with the 8-speaker Bose sound system brings a premium audio experience, the roof-mounted AC vents with their separate controls will ensure everyone on board is comfortable. Moreover, the electric one-touch tumble-down feature of the second row allows highly convenient access to the third row. Some other goodies that the Carens packs are 64-color ambient lighting, air purifier, Kia’s UVO connect with voice commands, touchscreen panel for automatic climate control, ventilated front seats, rearview camera, and a powered sunroof.
Interior Key Highlights
- Roof mounted AC vents with individual controls
- Bose sound system with 8 speakers
- One-touch tumble down for the second row
- Touchscreen panel for automatic climate control
- Exceptionally spacious cabin
Engine, Performance, and Safety Overview
Since the Kia Carens shares its powertrains with the Seltos, it is equipped with 3 engines. A 1.5L petrol engine that churns out 115 HP of power and 144 Nm of peak torque is mated with a 6-Speed manual transmission which is standard with the other two engines as well. A 1.5L diesel engine delivers 115 HP of power and 250 Nm of peak torque and is coupled with a 6-Speed automatic. These two engines are practicality-oriented and highly suitable for family trips in a 7-seater car in India. With the linear power delivery, the Kia Carens offers a fabulously smooth ride experience.
To pump up the driving fun, there is a 1.4L turbo-petrol engine that produces 140 HP of power and 242 Nm of peak torque, paired with 7-Speed DCT automatic. Along with paddle shifters, the automatic variants also offer you drive modes: Eco, Normal, Sports. Moreover, the Kia Carens will make your pocket smile with mileage figures of 15.7 – 16.5 km/l for petrol and 18.4 – 21.3 km/l for diesel.
Equipping the Kia Carens with an outstanding list of safety features from the base variant onwards, the Korean automaker is looking to set some new safety standards. The standard safety features in Kia Carens include 6 airbags as standard, ABS, ESC, hill-start assist, disc brakes at all four wheels, TPMS, and rear parking sensors. The Kia Carens will be one of the first 7-seater cars in India to launch with 6 airbags as standard, in compliance with the new government directive.
Performance and Safety Highlights
- Standard safety features: 6 airbags, ABS, ESC, hill-start assist, disc brakes at all four wheels, TPMS, and rear parking sensors.
- Multi driving modes for automatic: Eco, Normal, Sport
- Paddle shifter
- Lucrative mileage: 15.7 – 16.5 km/l for petrol and 18.4 – 21.3 km/l for diesel
Kia Carens Price
The smart pricing of the Kia Carens has provided it a significantly wide competitive range among the 7-seater cars available in India. With the base and mid variants, the Carens is going to rival Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, and Mahindra Marazzo, and its top variants will take on the likes of Hyundai Alcazar and Toyota Innova.
Kia Carens Variants
Kia Carens Premium
Kia Carens Prestige
Kia Carens Prestige Plus
₹13.89 - 14.79 lakh
Kia Carens Luxury
Kia Carens Luxury Plus
₹15.29 - 17.49 lakh
₹16.74 - 17.69 lakh
Kia Carens Alternatives
The immediate competition of Kia Carens will be the Hyundai Alcazar, which is Hyundai’s 7-seater challenger. The Hyundai Alcazar is equipped with a 2L petrol engine and a 1.5L diesel engine. Both engines come mated with 6-speed manual or automatic transmission and deliver the mileage of 15 km/l and 20 km/l respectively.
Features of Hyundai Alcazar
- 10.25-inch touch screen infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay
- 10.25-inch digital instrument panel with color screen
- Wireless charging
- Automatic climate control
- 360-degree camera
- Up to 6 airbags
- Electronic Stability Control
- Front and rear parking assist
- Panoramic sunroof
The powerful Indian 7-seater MUV, Mahindra Marazzo has some robust potentials to challenge Kia Carens. Powering the Mahindra Marazzo is a 1.5L diesel engine that comes mated with a 6-speed manual transmission.
Features of Mahindra Marazzo
- 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Auto climate control with roof-mounted vents
- Steering mounted controls
- Remote keyless entry
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Dual front airbags
- ABS with EBD
The long-standing ruler of 7-seater MUVs in India, Toyota Innova could be a great alternative to Kia Carens. While the Toyota Innova is expected to remain considerably pricy as compared to Carens, however, its reliability, durability, and premium perks justify the price difference.
Features of Toyota Innova
- 8-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Powered driver seat
- Ambient lighting
- Automatic LED headlamps
- Cruise control
- Rear Parking Sensors
- Up to 7 airbags
- Vehicle stability control
What is the mileage of Kia Carens?
The Kia Carens offers a mileage of 15.7 – 16.5 km/l for petrol and 18.4 – 21.3 km/l for diesel.
Is Kia Cares a fun-to-drive car?
While the naturally aspirated engines, 1.5L petrol, and 1.5L diesel offer you decent drivability, the 1.4L turbocharged engine serves you with high spirited performance. Moreover, the automatic variants offer you three drive modes: Eco, Normal, Sport.
Among Hyundai Alcazar and Kia Carens, which one is bigger?
The length, width, and height of Kia Carens and Hyundai Alcazar are 4,540mm, 1,800mm, 1,708mm, and 4,500mm, 1,790mm, 1,675mm respectively. Clearly, the Kia Carens is considerably bigger than the Hyundai Alcazar.
Does Kia Carens have a panoramic sunroof?
The Kia Carens features a standard sunroof.
What are the safety features of Kia Carens?
The standard safety features in Kia Carens are 6 airbags, ABS, ESC, hill-start assist, disc brakes at all four wheels, TPMS, and rear parking sensors.