The Kia Carens compact MPV is all-new for the 2007 model year, and is available with a seven-seat cabin. The new Carens is completely different from the old one, sharing only the name of the previous model. Longer, wider and taller than its goofy predecessor, the latest Carens offers more interior space than most 4WDs thanks to better packaging. Inside the cabin, the middle and rear row seats fold down to create a flat-floored luggage area. With five seats occupied, luggage space is more than 400 litres and with just the driver and front passenger on board, up to 2,106 litres of cargo can be carried. It is offered with a relatively weak 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine mated with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission that offers sequential manual selection. The model has a hydraulic power-assisted rack and pinion steering system with relatively high gearing, requiring just 2.86 turns of the wheel from lock-to-lock with the standard 16-inch wheels. Features include front and rear disc brakes backed up by ABS with EBD, CD stereo, four forward-opening doors, and an undetermined number of airbags.
Complaints of a/c malfunctions, broken sun-visor mirror covers, and minor random electrical issues involving dome light, power accessories, turn signals, etc. Very few report transmission software faults, while even fewer have experienced engine-related issues.