2022 Kia Carens launched in India; prices start from Rs 8.99 lakh

Carens diesel prices start from Rs 10.99 lakh; gets two seating options and a long feature list.

The new Kia Carens has been launched in India with prices ranging from Rs 8.99-16.99 lakh (introductory, ex-showroom). Kia has priced the Carens agressively in the segment with the starting price putting it right alongside traditional MPVs such as the Maruti Ertiga, Mahindra Marazzo and Maruti XL6. The fully-loaded models meanwhile are priced similar to the lower variants of the Toyota Innova Crysta.Kia’s three-row Carens is available with a choice of three engines, manual and automatic gearboxes and five variants.

  • Carens available in five variants
  • Diesel automatic only available in fully-loaded spec
  • Deliveries expected to commence soon

Kia Carens: Dimensions, features and variant details

Based on the Seltos platform, the Carens is 225mm longer than its sibling with the wheelbase too stretched by 160mm. In terms of design, Kia has given the Carens a distinct look compared to its SUV cousin. Called a ‘recreational vehicle’ by the company, the Carens has the look of an MPV in profile but with a number of SUV-inspired design elements.

Moving to the cabin, the Carens gets a seven-seat layout as standard with only the top versions getting a six-seat configuration with captain seats in the second row. As we saw in our review, the Carens does make for a good 7-seater with ample space even in the third row.

The Carens is available in a choice of five trim levels – Premium, Prestige, Prestige Plus, Luxury and Luxury Plus.

All variants come equipped with basics such as air-con vents for all three rows and a one-touch electric-assisted tumble function for the second row seat for easier access to the third row. Higher variants add in more kit with the higher variants getting kit such as auto climate control, a 10.25-inch touchscreen with connected car tech, keyless go, cruise control, ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging, rear view camera and more.

Kia has also made safety a key focus on the Carens with all variants getting six airbags, ABS, ESC, hill start and descent control and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

Kia has revealed that it has received over 19,000 bookings for the Carens since bookings opened in mid-January.

Kia Carens: Engine and gearbox options

Buyers have three engine options to choose from: A 115hp 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol, a more powerful 140hp 1.4-litre turbo-petrol and a 115hp 1.5-litre diesel engine. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard fit on all three engines with the turbo-petrol and diesel getting the option of automatics. The turbo-petrol can be optioned with a 7-speed dual-clutch auto ‘box, while the diesel is available with a 6-speed torque converter automatic. 

The turbo-petrol and diesel mills are available across all variants with the 1.5 petrol limited to just the Premium and Prestige trims. The diesel automatic is only available on the fully loaded Luxury Plus, while the turbo petrol-DCT can be had in mid-spec Prestige Plus and top-spec variant.

Kia claims the petrol Carens returns up to 16.5kpl while the diesel returns a claimed 21.5kpl.

You can read about what the Carens is like to drive in our review here.

Kia Carens rivals in India

Kia has priced the Carens agressively in the segment with the starting price putting it right alongside traditional MPVs such as the Mahindra Marazzo and Maruti Ertiga and XL6. The fully-loaded models meanwhile are priced similar to the lower variants of the Toyota Innova Crysta.

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