Long term report: Kia Carens

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Kia Carens
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With 12 reports behind it, it's fair to say that the Carens has made itself rather at home at AOL Cars Towers. In fact, I reckon she's become a bit of a family pet. Let me explain...

Firstly, she's kept us company on various outings – be it a video shoot at Rockingham, award shows in London, or meetings anywhere from Newbury to Newcastle. Nigel even took her to Spain this year for a little holiday.

Secondly, she's lovable enough that almost everyone in the office has taken her for a little drive now and again. I almost feel like calling 'walkies' when I'm off to grab her keys.

Thirdly – and bear with me here – she looks sort of... cuddly. Not in a you've-had-too-many-ready-meals kind of way, more because with those big headlight eyes and little white wing mirror ears, she looks a bit like a fluffy creature from some strange Japanese cartoon.

As with all pets though, we'll soon have to say goodbye. With thousands of miles on the clock, Caren has hit the age where Kia will soon take her from us. Still, it's not all bad – I've been reassured that she's off to live on a nice farm.

Author: Jon Reay (@JonReay)

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: 1,932

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