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Woof woof! Is the Kia Carens the perfect car for dog lovers?

By Stephen Turvil
May 31, 2012
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Woof woof! Is the Kia Carens the perfect car for dog lovers? I reckon 'yes', as this multi purpose vehicle has a number of strengths. Let us start with cost. The Carens – which has a monstrous maximum pet swallowing capacity of 2,106-litres – is available from £14,705 to £19,000. That is remarkably cheap considering its cargo capacity eclipses the super- spacious Ford Mondeo Estate. Furthermore, £18,995 is enough to spend on a vehicle that will be subjected to your four-legged friend's tantrums. Every dog can be naughty, after all, and leave 'presents' in the boot, sneeze over the seats, and chew on the plastics. Irritating, yes - but at least this is a cheap Kia not a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate. To my mind, it is best to have a low value car when travelling with dogs. Yes, been there; seen the damage.

The Kia Carens has virtues beyond price. It is available with either five or seven seats, for starters, feels robust, and is backed-up by an industry leading seven year manufacturer's warranty. How long does a dog live? Furthermore, 1.6-litre 126bhp diesel trims average a cost-cutting 49.6mpg - leaving motorists with plenty of cash for dog treats. These diesels hit 62mph in a reasonable 12.1 seconds. Not fast, but fast enough to get Fido to the park. The 130bhp 1.6-litre petrol trim is slightly quicker, but only returns 39.2mpg. All have five/ six-speed manual transmission. That brings us to handling. Well, it is an MPV – from Korea – so steady progress is the name of the game. But the Carens has never claimed to be a sporting MPV; simply a no-hassle workhorse with a vast boot and low price. Walkies?

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By Stephen Turvil
May 31, 2012