Long term report: Kia Carens

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Kia Carens long termer
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The big white Carens has taken up the position of motorway mile-muncher this month. It's a very special title to hold and is a compliment to the Carens' abilities – or so I'm told.

I was the individual who's had the pleasure of keeping custody of our trusty MPV this month. I've used it for a number of trips to launches and events up and down the country and it hasn't missed a beat.

The reason for my favourable comments this month has to be the seats. While they're trimmed in (very) soft black leather and heated like most other cars, they offer so much comfort it's unbelievable.

The driver's seat comes with a little electric button that, when pressed, extends a bit of the seat to support the driver's lower legs and backs of the knees. To be perfectly honest, though, it makes very little difference and is quite pointless - at least with my diminutive frame. In most other cars, this features works well, but in the Kia I found there to be too little adjustment.

Having said that, it's easy to get a good driving position behind the wheel, and thanks to the car's vast vast expanses of glazing, it's easy to park and position on the road. It also makes for a nice light and airy cabin.

One massive gripe I have though is the multimedia screen. It responds quickly enough, but the graphics and colours are too old-school – this really needs to be updated.

Author: Danielle Bagnall (@DanniBagnall)

The knowledge

Model: Kia Carens '3' 1.7 CRDi
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: 2,145

This month's highlight

Piloting the Carens up north - long motorway journeys really are this car's forte.