2002 Kia Carens Review

2002 Kia Carens GX 2.0 LPG from Korea

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 LPG Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired34000 kilometres
Most recent distance60000 kilometres


Reliable and versatile with a reasonable price tag


Very little so far. However I seem to be changing the spark plugs far more often than my previous gasoline-fueled car. Probably a result of running on LPG fuel.

General Comments:

Generally a very decent vehicle to drive. I would like to see a more powerful engine under the hood. Especially since KIA boasts it can tote five Westerners comfortably. My largest complaint is about the ground clearance. Always scraping bottom with mid-size to large pot-holes or speed bumps. Other than that, it has been a real crowd pleaser for a budget MPV.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd April, 2005

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review