Kia Carens Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

2000 Kia Carens 1.8

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.8 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance62000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 121

Summary:

Very happy with my Kia

Faults:

After 62,000 kilometers nothing at all has gone wrong with the car, the interior has started wear a little, but besides regular services the car has been fine.

General Comments:

I love my Kia Carens. It is by no means the most glamorous car on the road and the Kia brand hasn't got exactly the greatest social standing, but my car has fulfilled its purpose very well, that is to drive the kids to school every morning and run errands with me. The car was what was affordable to me as a single parent and has proved to be comfortable and economical for my family. The only real negative I have with this car is the engine, which is very underpowered, especially with the automatic gearbox. With a full load and the air con going overtaking is not on and hills are tackled slowly. Other than that I like the car and plan to keep for a few more years yet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2006

2000 Kia Carens LX 1.8EFI

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8EFI Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance65000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Magna

Summary:

Cheap rubbish - avoid this travesty of a car

Faults:

Persistant rattle in the drivers side door, which service staff have never been able to fix.

General Comments:

6 seats are great, price is OK.

The car is very underpowered, so overtaking is not on.

Vague handling, severe body roll

Manual transmission has no 'feeling'- you can't be sure its in a gear at all until you let the clutch out.

The car has poor ground clearance, I am always hitting the ground going over speed humps.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th October, 2003

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews