Used Car Review – Kia Carens (2007-2012)
Used Car Review – Kia Carens (2007-2012)
People carriers are common inside the country, in addition to Myk Belmonte evaluates This specific candidate for the Senate in addition to will This specific win the people, or shall we say buyers? Find out.
2007-2012 Kia Carens
I may have written these words (or in This specific case, description) once or twice which Korean makers develop vehicles ranging by those first time owners to the executives who are patriotic. People carriers are mainstays since they make sizes of modest, medium, large, in addition to extra large. Similar to a political family, they have people by the modest position to the national ones.
In Kia’s roster of MPVs in addition to vans, the Carens (or Rondo in different countries) can be the entry level one. The type started out life in 1999 although the third generation type was released in 2006. As they say, learn to think local. in addition to in some markets, both 5 in addition to seven seater versions were sold. The US market discontinued This specific in 2010 although their Canadian neighbors love This specific one. 2012 was the last year you can buy This specific one internationally.
As a part of Columbian Autocar Corporation’s product revamp, the Carens was made available to the Philippine market in 2007. At which time, which complemented the Carnival in addition to battling the likes of the Innova in addition to Grand Livina. Both gasoline in addition to diesel engines were made available although the former was dropped in 2009 due to lack of consumer interest. Available inside the Kia dealership near you until 2012, with the last stocks being sold in addition to quietly dropped inside the local website inside the middle of the year. As you read This specific, an all fresh generation can be made available, although the previous generation Carens can be a great candidate as a cheap people carrier. Trims available are the LX in addition to EX, with the latter available only in automatic transmission.
Value in addition to Costs
At P430,000-P650,000, you can get a modest MPV which can be also fuel efficient. There are numerous worthy candidates priced inside the same category such as the Toyota Innova, Mitsubishi Adventure, Suzuki APV, Nissan Grand Livina, in addition to the Toyota Avanza; although research more on your needs especially which when you realize which the top brands are big for your requirements.
With the influx of Korean specialist shops, purchase of parts for your Carens can be as easy as 1-2-3. However, if the diesel engine can be what you seek, check the unit you are eyeing carries a problem with the turbocharger. This specific can be the most fragile part in addition to expensive (in addition to not to forget, you’ll have to wait for long) to fix, especially if the owner does not possess the habit of warming down the engine for 2 minutes the most after a long drive before shutting down the engine.
outdoor in addition to Indoor
There can be not much to be said about the outdoor, although there can be one important thing to remember, This specific can fit 7 warm bodies in a compact package. The smallish Centeng carries a versatile cabin which can accommodate your ever changing needs. Hubcaps come standard with the LX while EX designs have alloys.
Bare can be the word to describe the Indoor. Black in addition to beige are dominant inside the dashboard, in addition to there are tons of storage bins hidden inside. The transmission shifter can be placed inside the middle of the dash, freeing space. A foot brake comes standard although operating which can be a problem especially for the manual variants. There can be space inside the front in addition to middle rows although kids are welcome inside the third row. Fold the third one in addition to you get a great amount of space for a couple of shopping bags or a stroller.
Two engine options are made available, in addition to let’s begin with the most well-known one. You’ll encounter the D4EA 1,991cc diesel engine in every Carens for sale you see. For the figures, which packs 140hp at 4,000rpm in addition to 314Nm at 2,500rpm. The G4KA 1,998cc gasoline by the Theta engine family, on the different hand, can be rare in addition to discontinued in 2009 although which has 145hp at 6,000rpm in addition to 201Nm at 4,250rpm. While the gasoline engine can be a decent performer, the diesel engine can be the one to get. which may have conservative figures although which can be very fast, thanks to the light Centeng in addition to, if you are lucky, available six forward gears inside the manual transmission.
While not a bad drive, which can be neither supple on the urban jungle nor composed on the corners inside the provincial roads. Refinement can be a mixed bag, with noise coming by the suspension, wind, in addition to road can intrude the cabin. Speedwise, the ride gets better although gets out of posture when hitting the bad ruts. Steering, on the different hand, can be decent although Centeng roll can be just moderate.
Big on utility, which’s what the Carens wants to prove to the voters which every cent of their penny can be worth which. There are apparent weaknesses, although you’ll forgive those when you appreciate the big kit This specific car has.
The not bad:
- Powerful diesel
- Drives like a car
- Great room in a modest shell
- Bare Indoor
- Suspension noise
- not bad luck if the turbo by the diesel gets shot
cost (fresh): P850,000-P1,280,000
Kia Pasay – (02) 852-1490
Kia Quirino Avenue – (02) 564-3084
Kia Congressional- (02) 927-1880
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