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Flear & Thomson Dunfermline KIA
Fuel type Petrol
Engine size 1.6
Griffin Mill - Kia
Fuel type Diesel
Engine size 1.7
JCB KIA (Rainham)
Victor Wood of Grantham
Engine size 1.99
Riverside Mitsubishi Doncaster
With smart looks, a practical interior, great build quality and solid engineering, Kia's third generation Carens turned out to be a much improved 7-seat compact MPV. Though well appointed, it offers strong value and efficient running costs. In other words, you get pretty much everything families are looking for in this segment. Here, we're looking at the original version of this MK3 model that sold in the 2013 to 2016 period.
The easy sell here will be to buyers of previous first and second generation Carens models. This MK3 model was such a big step forward that Kia could justifiably have re-named it and started again. Buy one and you get the same strong build quality, reliability and long warranty you had before but now wrapped up in a more effective, desirable and efficient package. Yes, also a pricier one, but the value proposition still remains strong in comparison with obvious rivals.
You certainly get a lot more for your money here than rivals from brands like Ford, Renault and Citroen can offer. For the money you'd give to these makers for a five-seat compact MPV, Kia provides a seven-seater design that's better equipped, just as efficient and, to some eyes at least, even arguably better looking.
So where does all that leave us? With, we think, a very appealing option in a family world that'll usually see a multitude of expenses take precedence over a plush people carrier. Food, clothing, heating, iPods, Sony Playstations, cutting edge Nike trainers, full suspension mountain bikes and so on. Once these essentials have been provided for your brood, there are often scant funds remaining for a vehicle to transport them between their football matches, dance classes, swimming lessons and youth clubs. What is a parent to do? Buy one of these? It's not hard to make a case for it.
Borrowing £7,500 on a Hire Purchase agreement over 48 months, a representative APR of 18.5% and a deposit of £0.00,
the amount repayable would be £216.89 a month, with a total cost of credit of £2,910.72 and a total amount
payable of £10,410.72.
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