Used buyer's guide: Kia Carens

Kia has recently launched a new version of its practical MPV, making the old MkII model look even better value

How much?

You can buy an early (56-plate) Carens from just £3,500, but it will have covered around 100,000 miles. For that money, it’ll be a diesel (most high-mileage models are), although prices vary significantly. If you shop around, for much the same outlay you can get a newer, low-mileage Carens, yet this will probably have a petrol engine.

Very few second-generation models are worth more than £10,000. Even a 2009 59-plate 2.0 CRDi GS only costs around £7,000. There’s no price difference between five and seven-seat versions, but the latter tend to be easier to sell. If you want an automatic, they carry a £300-£500 premium over an equivalent manual car.

Running costs

ModelInsurance groupFuel economyCO2 emissionsAnnual road tax
2.0 auto2233mpg200g/km£260
1.6 CRDi18-1949mpg146g/km£140
2.0 CRDi22-2346mpg159g/km£175
2.0 CRDi auto22-2339mpg191g/km£260

Whatever their age and engine type, all versions of the Carens need a service every 10,000 miles or 12 months. For petrol models, maintenance costs vary between £220 and £385 (the latter for the fourth service), while diesel services will set you back between £160 and £270.

All engines have a timing chain, apart from the 2.0-litre CRDi diesel – its cambelt needs to be replaced every 10 years or 100,000 miles. Expect to pay around £650 for this and the full service due at the same time. Fresh brake fluid and an air-con regas are required every other year, at around £67 and £60 respectively.

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