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ON THE ROAD
Kia Carens
vertically into the proverbial void. The facility, electrically-adjustable door
ergonomics are excellent. Nothing seems mirrors, an under floor storage box and
to be in a position where it has to be
under seat tray on the front passenger's
‘reached-for’.
side. The Carens is available as both a
Two engines are on offer a 2.0-litre
five- and seven-seater, for the added
142bhp petrol and a 138bhp turbodiesel.
space in the seven seater the cushions of
The diesel is powerful enough, and its
the centre-row seats tip forwards,
superior fuel economy makes it a worthy
enabling the backrests to fold down to
buy. Both engines come with a manual
create a flat floor, free of interruptions
while the rear row folds into the base
gearbox (five-speed in the petrol and six
leaving a totally flat surface.
“Elegant and Stylish”
in the diesel) and either can be specified
with a four-speed automatic.
In conclusion, the new Kia Carens is an
Kia’s ability to develop innovative new impressive seven-seater family car; it is
cars that look beyond the obvious is
The Carens exhibits versatility and
packed with intelligent features, all of
given free rein in the Carens with a hint of
practicality, a foot-operated parking brake
which make the driving and travelling
SUV attitude, but exhibiting all the
allows for more storage space around the
experience a pleasure for both driver and
versatility and practicality of the most
driver and front passenger. There is a
passengers. It looks good, with elegant
modern compact MPVs, it appeals to
large compartment beneath the centre
lines and gracefully rounded corners and
private and fleet users alike. One of the
armrest; cup holders in the front and rear
is about as versatile in terms of the
first things that struck me with the Kia
of the centre console; a sunglasses
interior as you could ever hope for. It
Carens is the wonderful layout of the
holder in the headlining; large door drives well, with a smooth and quiet air to
controls. Everything is ‘presented’ to you
pockets with bottle holder storage; and a the whole experience and did not let me
in an easy to reach, easy to see, easy to generous glove box. Standard items
down in any single respect. Kia Carens
feel way. The centre console slopes across the range include front and rear
come with a five year bumper-to-bumper
gracefully down, as opposed to dropping electric windows with an auto-down
unlimited mileage warranty.
Kia Magentis
sensible pricing, is going to impress a lot quite smoothly. Noise levels are low, with
of potential buyers. The latest Magentis engine noise in the diesel model
could well change your view of Korean particularly well suppressed.
cars.
In keeping with Kia’s value-for-money
The Magentis is a decent car to drive it brief, even the base GS models comes
offers good steering feel and turns in with air conditioning, an MP3-compatible
neatly and precisely, while remaining radio/CD player, driver's seat height
resistant to body roll when required to adjustment and a tilt-adjust steering
turn hard. The Magentis has plenty of grip column, a leather-wrapped steering
and copes well with sudden changes of
wheel, powered and heated door mirrors,
“Good design features”
direction. Both four-cylinder engines (the
four electric windows and remote central
2.0-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel) are
locking. LS models add automatic lights,
Kia has proved recently that it can build competitive on performance: the six-
a trip computer, telescopic steering wheel
cars that compete on equal terms with
speed manual diesel will sprint from
adjustment, full climate control with an air
mainstream European and Japanese
0-62mph in just over ten seconds, while
quality monitoring system, eight-way
cars.
the five-speed manual petrol engine is a
powered driver’s seat and heated front
seats and stability and traction control
Kia’s designers have worked hard to
couple of tenths quicker. Both four-speed
autos are about a second or so slower
with emergency brake assist.
bring the manufacturer into the 21st
over the same benchmark. The 2.7 V6 Behind the wheel the driver’s seat-height
Century with a completely new design;
engine comes with a five-speed auto and can be adjusted and the steering wheel
the overhauled Magentis is longer, wider
takes just over nine seconds to reach adjusts for height. The major controls and
and taller than its predecessor and looks
62mph from rest. The diesel pulls switches are logically arranged and easy
much more modern. Certainly it has a far
strongly with a maximum 225lb-ft of to use. There’s masses of head and knee
more European appearance than its torque available from 1800rpm to space for all. If you’re looking for a
predecessor and that, together with 2500rpm and shifts through the gears sensible priced car then look no further.
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