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Is it a people mover; is itanSUV?
Identity crisis over Kia’s latest
version of a popular model
By ROB MAETZIG
Carens: A wagon by any other name.
If any Kia New Zealand representative was
asked whether the new Kia Carens is a people
mover, a sport utility vehicle, or a
stationwagon, the answer would probably be
yes. That’s because, in stark contrast with
2007, when the previous-generation Carens
was launched here as a medium-sized people
mover, this time Kia New Zealand is almost
shying away from calling it anything.
The reason is that these days, people
movers are passe, SUVs are sexy and wagons
are, well, wagons.
At a media function in Auckland, it quickly
became clear that Kia doesn’t really want to
market the Carens as a people mover, even
though – with its three rows of seats and
higher-roofed bodyshell – it obviously is.
It was also clear that the Kia people would
maybe rather have the Carens known as an
SUV, even though – with its front-wheel-drive
and very close connection to the recently
launched Cerato sedan – it obviously isn’t.
Maybe that explained why, during the
media function, Kia New Zealand general
manager Todd McDonald firstly variously
described the vehicle as a nice alternative to
an SUV and a vehicle that is not a dedicated
people mover, and then seemed happiest to
settle on the idea that it’s a wagon.
It’s clearly based on the Cerato, with the
single EX version on sale here carrying exactly
the same specification as the EX sedan. The
main difference is that the Carens has a 50mm
longer wheelbase than the Cerato, which
allows it to have the three rows of seats.
Quite obviously, though, the third row will
spend most of its time folded down and out
of way so the vehicle can operate more as a
five-seater carry-all with a decent amount of
boot space, just like a traditional wagon.
‘‘We believe the new Carens is a car without
peer in New Zealand, since it occupies a
unique position in the marketplace,’’
‘‘It’s for people who want a car that can seat
seven people – not an SUV, because it is easier
to get in and out of, plus it’s not bulky when
trying to manoeuvre in tight city streets and
Kia claims that the Carens is the best-priced
seven-seater vehicle available in the country,
with its list price of $37,990. That pricing puts
the vehicle above the $29,990 LX and $33,490
EX Ceratos, but below the $38,490 SX Cerato.
Like other Kias on the New Zealand market,
the vehicle has an Eco function to encourage
reduced fuel use.
Thanks to greater use of high-tensile steels
and various other measures, its kerb weight, at
1469 kilograms, is also 55kg less than the
previous Carens, which helps improve its
The vehicle also features the marque’s
electronic Flex-Steer system, which enables
the driver to dial up a choice of comfort –
normal or sport modes to match their
individual driving style and their
Driver position is nice, and the front seats
are well bolstered and comfortable. Carens
features 14 storage areas, including two
hidden compartments in the middle-row floor
that will take a handbag or tablet computer.
Standard specification includes remote
keyless entry with standard alarm, power
windows, heated door mirrors, reversing
camera and parking sensors, steering-wheel-
mounted cruise and audio controls, six-
speaker audio systems with Bluetooth, a multi-
function trip computer, dual-zone climate air
control, rain-sensing wipers, 17-inch alloy
wheels, ‘‘smart’’ cornering lights, projection-
style headlights and front fog lights. Safety
also assumes a high priority.
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