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February 2022 - Kia Carens Petrol Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

In this variants explained article, you'll find out which variant of the Kia Carens petrol you should buy based on the ex-showroom prices, variant-wise features and value for money. Here we compare and objectively analyse the 2022 Caren’s petrol variants and the features to figure out which variant is worth buying for a good value for money and ownership experience. Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and mileage of the 2022 Kia Carens with its competitors and other petrol-powered 3-row SUVs and MPVs like Maruti Suzuki Arena Ertiga, Maruti Nexa XL6, Hyundai Alcazar, MG Hector Plus and Toyota Innova Crysta.

Kia Carens

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What Are The Pros And Cons Of Kia Carens Petrol?

The pros or advantages of Kia Carens petrol are:

  • Unbelievably low starting price; overall, value-for-money pricing for higher variants too
  • Option of 3 engine-transmission combinations for Carens petrol buyers
  • Nominal incremental asking price for the automatic transmission with the top variant, reasonable asking price for the automatic transmission with the mid-spec variant too
  • Loaded with features like sunroof, optional captain seats, electric tumble in second row, 2nd and 3rd row AC vents, cruise control, reclining 3rd row seats, TPMS, ventilated front seats, LED headlamps, Bose music system, etc.
  • Good number of standard safety features like 6 airbags, all disc brakes, HSA, TPMS, ESC

The Kia Carens petrol has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • LED headlamps not available in the otherwise well-loaded mid-spec Prestige Plus variant
  • Dual-clutch automatic transmission is yet to establish its reputation for long-term reliability
  • Because of the attractively priced 1.5L normal petrol engine models, the turbo petrol variants appear to carry a very high incremental asking price
  • 15- and 16-inch wheels may look small on a car this large
  • MPV styling may put off some buyers

What Is The Price Of Kia Carens Petrol Variants?

The 2022 Kia Carens starts at an introductory price of Rs. 9 lakh and goes up to Rs. 17 lakh. The Carens 1.5L normal petrol engine is available in the lower 2 variants, which cost Rs. 9 lakh and 10 lakh (ex-showroom).

The 1.4L turbo petrol engine is available in all 6 variants with a manual transmission, with prices ranging from Rs. 11 lakh to Rs. 16.2 lakh. It carries a premium of Rs. 2 lakh over the 1.5L normal petrol engine models.

The 1.4L turbo petrol engine is also available with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission in the mid-spec Prestige Plus and top-spec Luxury Plus variants. These cost Rs. 14.6 lakh and Rs. 17 lakh. Compared to the turbo petrol manual variants, the Prestige Plus and Luxury Plus automatic variants cost Rs. 80,000 and Rs. 1.1 lakh more.

KIA CARENS PETROL | PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM | FEB 2022

Variant

Petrol-Manual

Difference

Petrol-Auto

1.5L Normal Petrol

Premium

Rs. 8,99,900

-

-

Prestige

Rs. 9,99,900

-

-

1.4L Turbo Petrol

Premium

Rs. 10,99,900

-

-

Prestige

Rs. 11,99,900

-

-

Prestige Plus

Rs. 13,49,900

Rs. 1,10,000

Rs. 14,59,900

Luxury

Rs. 14,99,900

-

-

Luxury Plus

Rs. 16,19,900

Rs. 80,000

Rs. 16,99,900

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Kia Carens Petrol Premium - Base Model Features & Review

The base Premium variant of the 2022 Kia Carens petrol is available with a 1.5L normal petrol and 1.4L turbo petrol engine options with a manual transmission. It costs Rs. 9 lakh with the 1.5L normal petrol engine and Rs. 11 lakh with the 1.4L turbo petrol engine. The turbo petrol engine costs Rs. 2 lakh more than the 1.5L normal petrol. The Carens Premium petrol trim doesn’t get an automatic transmission.

The most notable features of the Carens Premium are:

  • All power windows
  • 2nd and 3rd row AC vents
  • 15-inch steel wheels with normal petrol
  • 16-inch steel wheels with turbo petrol
  • Full wheel covers
  • Split folding 2nd and 3rd row seat backs
  • Height-adjustable driver seat
  • All wheel disc brakes
  • Front and middle row armrest
  • 2nd row slide and recline
  • 3rd row recline
  • 2nd row electric tumble
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 5 USB-C chargers
  • Thorax side and curtain airbags
  • Hill start
  • ESC
  • Auto door lock

This variant doesn’t get a few important features like power mirrors, cooled glovebox, remote central locking, rear defogger, washer wiper, steering-mounted controls and any kind of music system. Because of its attractive price tag, this variant with the 1.5L normal petrol engine may appeal to fleet or commercial buyers. However, for most customers, the lack of several key features gives us enough reason to not recommend the Carens Premium.

2022 KIA CARENS PREMIUM FEATURES

Rs. 9.0 Lakh (1.5L Normal Petrol MT) | Rs. 11.0 Lakh (1.4L Turbo Petrol MT)

Ex-Showroom | Feb 2022

Safety

Functional

Style

Std. Safety Features

Side & Curtain Airbags

All Power Windows

2nd & 3rd Row AC Vents

15-inch Steel Wheels (1.5P)

Hill Start Assist

ISOFIX

50:50 3rd Row

60:40 2nd Row

Wheel Covers

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock

Adjustable Front & Rear Headrests

Height Adjustable Driver Seat

16-inch Steel Wheels (1.4L Turbo)

Electronic Stability Control

Front Seatbelt Load Limiters

2nd Row Slide & Recline

Electric 2nd Row Tumble

Dual-tone Interior

Hill Descent Control

Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

5 x USB-C Chargers

Front & Rear Armrest

Semi Leatherette Upholstery

Front Seatbelt Pretensioners

Rear Disc Brakes

Power Outlets

Front Seat Back Pockets

 
   

Cabin Lights

3rd Row Recline

 

Kia Carens Petrol Premium vs Prestige Variant - Price, Feature Comparison

The Carens Prestige also gets the same 1.5L normal petrol and 1.4L turbo petrol with a manual transmission. With the normal petrol engine, this variant costs Rs. 10 lakh and with the turbo petrol engine, it costs Rs. 12 lakh. The Prestige variant costs Rs. 1 lakh more than the base Premium variant. The Prestige variant gets the following features over the base Premium variant:

  • Rear camera
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Wireless Android Auto
  • Wireless Apple Carplay
  • Steering-mounted controls
  • Remote central locking
  • Power mirrors
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • Fabric leather upholstery
  • Auto headlamps

KIA CARENS | PRICES

Powertrain

Premium

Difference

Prestige

1.5L Normal Petrol MT

Rs. 8,99,900

Rs. 1,00,000

Rs. 9,99,900

Difference

Rs. 2,00,000

 

Rs. 2,00,000

1.4L Turbo Petrol MT

Rs. 10,99,900

Rs. 1,00,000

Rs. 11,99,900

We wish the Prestige variant also had LED headlamps and the option of captain seats in the second row. The Prestige variant of the Carens doesn’t get auto AC, rear washer, wiper and defogger. From a feature perspective, this variant seems reasonably loaded with almost all must-have features. So budget buyers should consider this variant instead of the base Premium variant. The Prestige variant seems like a suitable fit for fleet buyers also because it has some convenience and entertainment features. If you’re buying this variant with the turbo petrol engine, then we strongly recommend you consider a higher variant.

2022 KIA CARENS PRESTIGE | FEATURES OVER PREMIUM

Rs. 10.0 Lakh (1.5L Normal Petrol MT) | Rs. 12.0 Lakh (1.4L Turbo Petrol MT)

Ex-Showroom | Feb 2022

Safety

Entertainment

Functional

Style

Rear Parking Camera w/ DRVM

8-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System

Remote Central Locking

Leather & Fabric Two-tone Upholstery

Front Parking Sensors

6 Speakers

Electrically Adjustable ORVMs

Roof Rails

Anti-theft Alarm

Wireless Apple Car Play

Auto Headlamps

Shark-fin Antenna

 

Wireless Android Auto

Follow-me-home Headlamps

LED Turn Indicators on ORVMs

 

Steering-mounted Controls

One-touch Up/Down Driver Window

12.5-inch Digital Instrument Cluster

 

Bluetooth

Boot Lamp

 
 

Voice Recognition

Sunglass Holder

 

Kia Carens Petrol Prestige vs Prestige Plus Variant - Price, Feature Comparison

The Carens Prestige Plus variant gets the 1.4L turbo petrol engine with manual and automatic transmission options. It doesn't get the 1.5L normal petrol engine. The Prestige Plus turbo petrol manual costs Rs. 13.5 lakh (ex-showroom). With the automatic, it costs Rs. 14.6 lakh, which is Rs. 1.1 lakh more than the manual.

For the Rs. 1 lakh incremental price over the lower trim, this variant adds the following notable features:

  • Rear defogger
  • Rear washer wiper
  • Auto AC
  • Keyless entry with push-buttons start/stop
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Remote engine start with keyfob
  • Power folding mirrors
  • Rear door curtains
  • LED tail lamps
  • LED DRLs
  • Multi drive modes (with turbo petrol automatic)
  • Cooled cup holders in 1st and 2nd row

KIA CARENS | PRICES

Powertrain

Prestige

Difference

Prestige Plus

1.4L Turbo Petrol MT

-

Rs. 1,00,000

Rs. 13,49,900

Difference

-

 

Rs. 1,10,000

1.4L Turbo Petrol AT

Rs. 11,99,900

Rs. 1,00,000

Rs. 14,59,900

The Prestige Plus variant has all of the must-have features we expect from a car of its class. For personal use, this variant seems very well loaded as it’ll offer a good ownership experience. Since this variant also gets an automatic transmission, it’s also suitable for Carens petrol automatic buyers. The only notable feature missing in this variant is the LED headlamps. The Carens Prestige Plus is our top-recommendation for petrol-manual as well as petrol-automatic buyers.

2022 KIA CARENS PRESTIGE PLUS | FEATURES OVER PRESTIGE

Rs. 13.5 Lakh (1.4L Turbo Petrol MT) | Rs. 14.6 Lakh (1.4L Turbo Petrol DCT)

Ex-Showroom | Feb 2022

Safety

Functional

Style

Rear Defogger

Auto AC

Keyless Entry

LED DRLs

Rear Wiper & Washer

Remote Engine Start

Push-button Start/Stop

LED Tail Lamps

 

1st & 2nd Row Cooled Cup Holders

Electrically Foldable ORVMs

R16 Alloy Wheels

 

Cruise Control

Rear Door Curtains

 
 

Multi Drive Modes (DCT)

 

Kia Carens Petrol Prestige Plus vs Luxury Variant - Price, Feature Comparison

The Luxury variant of the Carens comes with the 1.4L turbo petrol engine and manual transmission for Rs. 15 lakh (ex-showroom), which is 1.5 lakh more than the lower Prestige Plus variant. It doesn’t get the 1.5L normal petrol engine and automatic transmission option.

The Luxury variant gets the following additional features over the Prestige Plus trim:

  • LED headlamps
  • LED fog lamps
  • Larger 10.25-inch touchscreen
  • Telematics
  • Dual-function LED DRLs
  • Telescopic steering
  • Multi-colour ambient lighting
  • Folding tables for 2nd row
  • Auto-dimming inside mirror
  • Air purifier
  • Under seat tray
  • Leather upholstery

KIA CARENS | PRICES

Powertrain

Prestige Plus

Difference

Luxury

1.4L Turbo Petrol MT

Rs. 13,49,900

Rs. 1,50,000

Rs. 14,99,900

Difference

Rs. 1,10,000

 

-

1.4L Turbo Petrol AT

Rs. 14,59,900

-

-

The Luxury variant seems properly loaded for personal use. But it’s not available with an automatic transmission. It also doesn’t offer a good value-for-money and is worth skipping. So, we’ll suggest you stretch your budget a little more and buy the higher Luxury Plus variant with all the available features.

2022 KIA CARENS LUXURY | FEATURES OVER PRESTIGE PLUS

Rs. 15.0 Lakh (1.4L Turbo Petrol MT) | Ex-Showroom | Feb 2022

Safety & Entertainment

Functional

Style

LED Headlamps

Telematics & Connected Car Features

Dual-Function LED DRLs

LED Fog Lamps

Telescopic Steering

Multicoloured Ambient Lighting

Auto-dimming IRVM

Front Seat Back Tables

Navy-Beige Leatherette Upholstery

10.25-inch Touchscreen Infotainment

Under Seat Tray

Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel

In-built Navigation

Air Purifier

Chrome Door Handles

(-) Wireless Phone Pairing

   

Kia Carens Petrol Luxury vs Luxury Plus Variant - Price, Feature Comparison

The top-spec Luxury Plus variant of the 2022 Carens petrol gets the 1.4L turbo petrol engine with manual as well as automatic transmission. The Luxury Plus variant costs Rs. 16.2 lakh with the manual and Rs. 17 lakh with the automatic transmission. It carries an incremental price of Rs. 1.2 lakh over the lower Luxury variant. The automatic transmission itself only adds about Rs. 80,000 over the Luxury Plus manual.

This is the only variant with a 6-seat configuration, as it is available with optional captain seats in the second row. The prices are the same for 6-seat and 7-seat configurations. Following are the additional features of the Luxury Plus variant:

  • Optional captain seats
  • Puddle lamps
  • Sunroof
  • LED cabin lights
  • 2 extra speakers
  • Bose sound system
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Paddle shifters with automatic transmission
  • Auto wipers
  • Wireless phone charger

KIA CARENS | PRICES

Powertrain

Luxury

Difference

Luxury Plus

1.4L Turbo Petrol MT

Rs. 14,99,900

Rs. 1,20,000

Rs. 16,19,900

Difference

-

-

Rs. 80,000

1.4L Turbo Petrol AT

-

-

Rs. 16,99,900

The top variant offers a few good-to-have features including the option of captain seats in the second row. This is suitable for buyers who want all the features in the car. Moreover, in this variant, the automatic transmission carries a nominal premium over the manual. So we also recommend buying this variant with the automatic transmission.

2022 KIA CARENS LUXURY PLUS | FEATURES OVER LUXURY

Rs. 16.20 Lakh (1.4L Turbo Petrol MT) | Rs. 17.0 Lakh (1.4L Turbo Petrol DCT)

Ex-Showroom | Feb 2022

Entertainment & Functional

Style

Wireless Charger

Rear Puddle Lamps

Sunroof

Rain Sensing Wipers

Ventilated Front Seats

Drive Mode-specific Ambient Lighting (AT)

Paddle Shifters (AT)

Captain Seats (Opt)

LED Cabin Lights

2 Speakers

Bose Sound System

Backlit Boarding Assist Handles

Which Variant Of The 2022 Kia Carens Petrol Should You Buy?

We don’t recommend buying the base Premium variant of the Carens with the 1.5L normal petrol engine unless you absolutely don’t want to stretch your budget. You should go with the Prestige variant, which justifies the upgrade and adds several critical must-have features for the price. Even after the upgrade, it costs less than Rs. 10 lakh. So, it will also enjoy significantly lower taxes in several states.

KIA CARENS 1.5L PETROL

BUYING RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

Premium

Rank 1

Rs. 8,99,900

Not recommended

Prestige

Rank 2

Rs. 9,99,900

Suitable for budget buyers

With the 1.4L turbo petrol engine, again, the Premium is worth skipping. Prestige is only suitable for you only if you don’t want to stretch your budget any further. Otherwise, the Prestige Plus for another Rs. 1.5 lakh is a solid package with a balanced feature set. However, it doesn’t justify the incremental price bump in terms of value for money. This variant is our top recommendation for Carens petrol buyers.

The Luxury variant doesn’t add enough value and offers mostly good-to-have features. So, you’re better off stretching your budget just a little bit more for the top-spec Luxury Plus variant, which gets all the features or settle for the lower Prestige Plus variant.

KIA CARENS TURBO PETROL MANUAL

BUYING RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

Premium

Rank 1

Rs. 10,99,900

Not recommended

Prestige

Rank 2

Rs. 11,99,900

Suitable for those who want the more powerful Carens for personal use on a budget. Upgrade to Prestige Plus recommended.

Prestige Plus

Rank 4

Rs. 13,49,900

Top recommended

Luxury

Rank 5

Rs. 14,99,900

Not recommended

Luxury Plus

Rank 3

Rs. 16,19,900

For those who want all the features. Consider buying it with an automatic.

For the Carens petrol-automatic buyers, the Prestige Plus variant makes great sense. It has a balanced feature set and carries a reasonable premium for the automatic transmission over the manual model. You can go with the Luxury Plus trim if this variant doesn’t satisfy your feature requirements.

If you are buying the Luxury Plus variant with the manual transmission, we highly recommend the upgrade to the automatic transmission. It carries a nominal asking price of only Rs. 80,000 over the manual model.

KIA CARENS TURBO PETROL AUTOMATIC

BUYING RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

Prestige Plus

Rank 1

Rs. 14,59,900

Top recommended

Luxury Plus

Rank 2

Rs. 16,99,900

For those who want all the features

What Are The Engine Specifications Of The Kia Carens Petrol?

The Kia Carens is available with 2 petrol engines — a 1.5L normal petrol and a 1.4L turbo petrol. The turbo petrol engine gets the option of a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission while the normal petrol engine only gets a 6-speed manual transmission.

There’s only one other 3-row car with a 1.5L normal petrol and a comparable performance - the Maruti Nexa XL6. The Carens 1.5L petrol engine has a bit more power and torque output than the XL6 but we expect the torque-to-weight ratio to remain similar to that of the XL6, which is slightly lighter. The XL6 has mild-hybrid technology, which also helps it deliver better mileage figures. The Nexa XL6 has a mileage figure of 19kmpl with the manual transmission and this figure is 3.31kmpl better than the Carens 1.5L petrol manual.

KIA CARENS vs RIVALS | PETROL ENGINE SPECS

 

Carens

Difference

XL6

Displacement

1.5L

 

1.5L, mild hybrid

Cylinder

4

 

4

Cubic Capacity

1497cc

35cc

1462cc

Maximum Power

115PS @ 6300rpm

10PS

105PS @ 6000rpm

Power: Weight

NA

88.98PS / tonne

Peak Torque

144Nm @ 4500rpm

6Nm

138Nm @ 4400rpm

Torque: Weight

NA

116.95Nm / tonne

Manual Transmission

6-speed

1-speed

5-speed

Manual Claimed FE

15.7kmpl

3.31kmpl

19.01kmpl

Automatic Transmission

4-speed TC

Automatic Claimed FE

17.99kmpl

The Carens turbo petrol has some competition as the Alcazar, Hector Plus and Innova Crysta have a petrol engine with comparable performance. Still, the 242Nm torque output of the Carens turbo petrol is comparable with the Hector Plus 1.5L turbo and Innova’s 2.7L normal petrol engine. Be it manual or automatic, the Kia Carens turbo petrol is the most fuel efficient car among its peers, with a mileage figure of more than 16kmpl. Meanwhile, the Innova Crysta’s large engine and a heavy ladder frame gives it the worst mileage figures of slightly above 10kmpl.

KIA CARENS TURBO PETROL vs RIVALS

ENGINE SPEC COMPARISON

 

Carens

Alcazar

Hector Plus

Innova Crysta

Displacement

1.4L, Turbo

2.0L

1.5L, Turbo

2.7L

Cylinder

4

4

4

4

Cubic Capacity

1353cc

1999cc

1451cc

2694cc

Maximum Power

140PS @ 6000rpm

159PS @ 6500rpm

143PS @ 5000rpm

166PS @ 5200rpm

Power: Weight

NA

119.55PS/t*

86.72PS/t

95.95PS/t

Peak Torque

242Nm @ 1500 - 3200rpm

191Nm @ 4500rpm

250Nm @ 3600rpm

245Nm @ 4000rpm

Torque: Weight

NA

143.61Nm/t*

151.61Nm/t

141.62Nm/t

Manual

6-speed

6-speed

6-speed

5-speed

Manual FE

16.2kmpl

14.5kmpl

14.03kmpl

10.6kmpl

Automatic

7-speed DCT

6-speed TC

6-speed CVT

6-speed TC

Automatic FE

16.5kmpl

14.2kmpl

11.67kmpl

10.5kmpl

*Estimated

You can use our Fuel Cost Calculator to see how any petrol, diesel or CNG car will cost to run based on the latest fuel price in your city.

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What Are The Dimensions Of The 2022 Kia Carens?

In terms of dimensions, the Carens petrol is longer than the Maruti Nexa XL6 and Hyundai Alcazar but the MG Hector Plus and Toyota Innova Crysta are a fair bit longer. The Carens is also slightly wider than the XL6 and Alcazar but a bit narrower than the Hector Plus and Crysta.

One aspect of the Carens which sets it apart is its wheelbase, which is longer than even the Innova Crysta. Moreover, with all seats upright, the Carens also has a respectable boot space of 216 litres with all seatbacks upright. The 16-inch wheels may look small for the Carens large body size but we understand that Kia chose to offer it with slightly taller sidewall tyres for better comfort.

KIA CARENS vs COMPETITION

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Carens

XL6

Alcazar

Hector Plus

Innova Crysta

Length

4540mm

4445mm

4500mm

4720mm

4735mm

Width

1800mm

1775mm

1790mm

1835mm

1830mm

Height

1708mm

1700mm

1675mm

1760mm

1795mm

Wheelbase

2780mm

2740mm

2760mm

2750mm

2750mm

Ground Clearance

190mm*

180mm

200mm

192mm

NA

Boot Space

216L

209L

180L

155L

300L

Fuel Tank

45L

45L

50L

60L

65L

Tyre Size (Base)

195/65 R15

185/65 R15

215/60 R17

215/60 R17

205/65 R16

Tyre Size (Top)

205/65 R16

185/65 R15

215/55 R18

215/55 R18

215/55 R17

*Estimated

What Are The Colour Options Of The 2022 Kia Carens?

The 2022 Carens is available in the following 8 colour options:

  • Metallic white
  • Flat white
  • Red
  • Grey
  • Silver
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Black

The base variant only gets flat white and silver colour options. The Prestige gets flat white, silver and grey colour options. Prestige Plus onwards, all variants get all colour options except for flat white. These get metallic white colour instead.

Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we classify cars based on their size.

CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

SEGMENT

SUB-SEGMENT

LENGTH

EXAMPLE

A Segment

A

< 3699mm

Alto, Kwid (Exception), Santro, Celerio

       

B Segment

B1

3700 - 3850mm

Ignis, GO, Nios, Swift, Tiago

 

B2

3850 - 3999mm

Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

       

C Segment

C

4000 - 4499mm

Exception - New City, Carens Slavia,

Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga

       

D Segment

D

4500-4750mm

XUV700, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V

       

D+ Segment

D+

4750+mm

Gloster, Fortuner, Superb, Camry, Carnival

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mahesh Yadav

Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

1 Comments

  1. m mohan says:
    February 19 2022 13:58:48

    we need consultation on which car to buy can you please help do let us know if there are any charges

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