Kia Carens Cars For Sale
The Kia Carens car is a compact MPV launched by the Korean motor
manufacturer in 1999 and manufactured until 2019. Marketed under different
names it is also known as the Rondo. With three generations available, the
most prominent in the South African market will probably be the second
generation (2006 – 2013) that boasted numerous facelifts.
It is a five-door sedan type MPV, basically an update from your earlier
‘station-wagon’ type vehicles for sale although the Second and Third generation’s
design veers more to resemble a hatchback MPV than the elongated shape of
the first generation. The first generation has a fairly utilitarian look
and feel about it but the Second and especially Third generation is
starting to live up to the MPV market expectations, with pronounced curves
and chrome trimmings.
The second-generation (2006 – 2013) leap-frogged the first generation in
consumer standards and requirements. The reason for this is the European
Research and Development Centre in Germany where Kia’s were upgraded to
meet European standards. Suddenly the Kia did not look and feel utilitarian
anymore and became a contender in its class. It not only feels more
European in handling but also shows refinement in interior and design. The
Second Generation is also much more spacious, it can seat seven adults with
The Interior of the used Kia Carens was also taken up a notch with
better quality hard plastics and durable upholstery. The main star of the
interior design being the space, even tall adults can ride with ease and
comfort, even though it is a hatchback. The main reason for this is a flat
fuel tank that offers more cabin space.
This model was launched with a 2litre 16 valve petrol engine and a 2-liter
turbodiesel model, both offering good performance with a top speed of 190km
per hour and fuel consumption for combined use around 6litres per 100km.
With the second and third generations of Carens, Kia moved in as a serious
contender in the MPV market, which is quite big in South Africa. Combined
with affordability and a track record that keeps going the used Kia Carens
for sale is a safe family car for the more budget aware.