Long term report: Kia Carens


Forget raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens and all that sugary stuff – heated seats are currently the only items on my 'favourite things' list.

As lovely as its 1.7-litre diesel engine is, you'll have driven a few miles feeling like Scott of Antarctica before it's prepared to chuck out any warm air.

Thankfully though, the front seats get hot enough to sear a fillet of beef in just a minute.

Surprisingly, our Kia even has a heated steering wheel – something I thought only Range Rover owners got to enjoy.

Things aren't perfect in Carens-land, though. For example, the clock in the corner of the satellite navigation still thinks London takes half an hour to cross. Even with a minicab sticker on the side I couldn't manage that.

The stereo has a few niggles too, if I'm honest. Turn the car off a couple of times and its mind wanders off the task of connecting to your phone – leaving you to prod hopelessly at the little green answer button without result.

To be honest, flaky Bluetooth is a least of my concerns though.

It's December and I'm warm. The stereo can spontaneously combust tomorrow for all I care.

The Knowledge

Model: Kia Carens '3' 1.7 CRDi manual ISG
Price: £23,895 (as tested)
Engine: 1.7-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged diesel
Power: 134bhp, 330Nm
Max speed: 119mph
0-60mph: 10s
Emissions: 132g/km
Mileage this month: 896

This month's highlight

The heated parts of the Carens are very much appreciated now that it's getting chilly

Long term report: Kia Carens

Long term report: Kia Carens