2001 Kia Carens LX 1.8 petrol from Malawi


A car like this should be withdrawn from the market, and refunds made to the unfortunate buyers


The car cannot work months without a fault.

I have practically changed every part, including head cylinder and master brake, absorbers and spiral rings, engine mounting etc! I'm always at the garage.

Now I am dealing with a gear problem.

I regret ever buying it, because I have spent more money than the cost of the car.

General Comments:

The car is very beautiful, but highly fragile.

Door handles for instance, are made of plastic, not steel.

Parts are scarce and expensive.

I never enjoyed it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th October, 2010

2001 Kia Carens LX 1.8 from Singapore


Bargain car, and performances like it


Rust spots appearing on the back door (5th). ACtually water gets trapped quite nicely there.

General Comments:

Grossly underpowered, and major struggle uphill.

Ergonomics is quite off; search for horn button.

Major struggle to get in and off third row as the controls seems to be on the wrong side. If you stop at the kerb side, the driver has to come out and hit the release lever!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 26th May, 2003

2001 Kia Carens LS 1.8 from Singapore


A good bargain for a superb street-performer


Nothing, except the explained noises:

Transmission sometimes gives throbbing sound when put to 'D" and at rest.

Air-con sometimes sounds like a washing machine.

General Comments:

Superb road holding and driveability for a MPV.

Superb value for the money spent.

Not enough torque when moving off in traffic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 2002

2001 Kia Carens LX 1.8 petrol from Singapore


A comfortable car if we drive normally and do not push the car too hard


Water leakage and spare wheel was submerged in a 1/4 inch of water when I first received the car. Carpet damp and corrosion evident in a few areas.

After 6400 km the auto-gear box makes a throbbing noise when in gear and idling at a traffic stop. Switch to neutral and the noise goes away.

General Comments:

A bit under power when starting from a standstill, or when accelerating from 20 km to 45km.

Poor pre-delivery inspection and issue resolution, with the agent being slow.

Gearbox is not lasting.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 30th August, 2001

2001 Kia Carens GLX 1.8 from Singapore


A good bargain for a MPV with the feel of a sedan


Nothing, except the following poor fitting:

1. The gear shifting gives a very loud metal clattering sound around 2500rpm.

2. Engine noise is too audible for comfort when going over 2500rpm.

3. Removing the back row seats required machinery to remove the screws.

4. The air-conditioning started to give audible noise after 1.5 months of use.

General Comments:

It is the cheapest mini-MPV available in Singapore and I suggest people who are looking for their first MPV should consider the Kia Carens. Although the price is cheap, nothing is cheap on its finishing and performance.

The thing I like best about the car is its road performance on cornering and lane switching at high speed. It beats the 2 other mini-MPVs i.e. Zafira and Premacy, I have tried.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th July, 2001

4th Oct 2001, 02:04

I like everything with the car except the fuel consumption which is exceptionally high. The mileage is currently at 3500km and I get a average of 7-8km/l. This is considerably low when compared to the report of 10.6km/l for city driving, 11.8km/l for combined and 13.6km/l on highway. I wonder what are the parameters based on in compiling such report? I would like to find out from other owner's comments on the fuel consumption.