The compact minivan has been treated to a subtle update that serves as the mid life-cycle refresh, with deliveries pegged to start before the end of the year.
There are numerous, but minor tweaks: the front end comes with a new bumper, fog lights, and ‘tiger nose’ grille, for “a more sculptural look,” according to Kia. At the back there’s a new bumper, as well as new lighting signature for the lighting clusters. The automaker has also added a new Mysterious Blue color and there are three styles for the 16-, 17-, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Moving inside the cabin, the seven-seater comes with knit cloth or diamond pattern leather upholstery, in black or beige and for the ambience there are metallic, gloss black, or carbon effect trim inserts. The Carens most importantly carries the carmaker’s latest infotainment system, sporting a 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreen and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. Flagship versions use satellite navigation, Kia Connected Services, and a rear-view camera as well as an optional JBL stereo with a separate amplifier, subwoofer, and six speakers.
The European Carens can be had with a 1.6-liter, 136 horsepower (101 kilowatts) GDi petrol engine and a 1.7-liter CRDi diesel with 115 hp (86 kW), or 136 hp (101 kW). The entry-level diesel can also sport an Eco Pack with stop-start system, low rolling-resistance Michelin tires, and modified gear ratios for improved fuel economy and lower carbon dioxide emissions.