Took delivery of my Kia Carens turbo petrol MT: 8 pros & 6 cons

Took delivery of my Kia Carens turbo petrol MT: 8 pros & 6 cons


Rear camera can be used even when reverse gear is not engaged, this is helpful during driving for monitoring vehicles from rear.

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I was on the lookout for a 7-seater with a budget of ₹12 lakhs


  • Petrol engine – intend to keep the vehicle for long-term, keeping in mind the uncertainty on future of diesel engines.
  • Spacious and comfortable seats – have multiple members in our family.
  • Manual Transmission preferred.

Options available : (Hyundai Alcazar & XUV700 were out of budget)

  • Maruti Ertiga/XL6 – I learnt driving a car on my Uncle’s Ertiga, so very familiar with vehicle performance/features. XL6 has only captain seats and not a 7-seater. Hence didn’t test drive both the vehicles.
  • Kia Carens – Premium interiors, decent exterior looks, plethora of features, good vehicle driveability/engine performance.

Immediately booked a Kia Carens Prestige 1.5 Naturally Aspirated(NA) Engine(Ex-showroom price – ₹9,99,900) on 18th March, 2022 (no test drive vehicle for NA engine was available throughout Bangalore). Waiting period was ~48 weeks.

16 weeks passed and I needed a vehicle sooner, wasn’t willing to wait further. Hence, upgraded my booking to Prestige Plus 1.4 Turbo Petrol(Ex-showroom price – ₹13,89,900) on July 14th, 2022 and extended my budget by ₹1.9 lakhs. My SA promised to deliver vehicle within 8 weeks.

Didn’t choose DCT variant due to reliability issues & Carens doesn’t have CVT or iMT transmission option.

A week later after repeated calls to SA, I got my vehicle alloted – Prestige Plus 1.4 Turbo petrol manual in Prestige Blue

Additional features in Prestige Plus when compared with Prestige Variant:

  • Powerful turbo engine (138bhp/242Nm vs 113bhp/144Nm torque).
  • 16 inch alloy wheels vs 15 inch steel wheels.
  • Keyless entry with Push-button start.
  • Auto AC.
  • Cruise Control.
  • Electrically foldable ORVMs.
  • Rear defogger with rear wiper and washer.
  • 1st & 2nd row cooled cup-holders.
  • Window curtains for 2nd row seats.

Buying experience:

I purchased the car through LeasePlan, informed my SA that payment will only be released after I do a PDI. Vehicle was bought to Kia Singasandra showroom, ODO showed 17km. Checked the car thoroughly for any scratches/dents/re-painting.

PDI pics:

Initiated paper formalities, took ~15 days to complete the documentation process along with car registration (multiple documents between LeasePlan, my employer and Dealer).
Blue Baby was delivered on 10th August, 2022

Car delivery pics:

Price details:

  • Base Price ₹9,58,551.72
  • CGST @ 14% ₹1,34,197.24
  • SGST @ 14% ₹1,34,197.24
  • Cess @ 17% ₹1,62,953.79
  • Ex-Showroow Price ₹13,89,900
  • TCS @ 1% ₹13,899
  • Road Tax/RTO ₹2,62,274
  • Registration Fee ₹2662
  • Accessories ₹19,047
  • Extended Warranty ₹23,877
  • Fasttag ₹500

TOTAL ₹17,12,159 (Phew!! taxes add upto ₹7,07,521.27)

Opted for extended warranty in 4th & 5th year, for stress-free ownership experience.

Completed the traditional pooja ceremony for the car and immediately started on ~250km short trip

Pooja pics:


  • Decent reverse camera with dynamic guidelines.
  • Safety features – ESP, Traction Control, ABS with EBD, all wheel disc brakes, TPMS, 6 airbags.
  • Front parking sensors.
  • Rear camera can be used even when reverse gear is not engaged, this is helpful during driving for monitoring vehicles from rear.
  • Comfortable and spacious seats with AC vents & Type-C charging ports even in 3rd row. Best in segment 3rd row space.
  • Wireless Android Auto/Apple Carplay (variants above Prestige Plus don’t have Wirelss AA or Carplay).
  • Good mileage and supremely refined engine.
  • No need for frequent tyre air-checks, TPMS works great.


  • Frequent gear change from 2nd to 1st. If speed drops below 10kmph & even though car is in motion 1st gear needs to be engaged for pick-up. This wasn’t the case on Ertiga and other vehicles I had driven earlier. Is it a characteristic of turbo engine?
  • Poor headlight throw.
  • Clutch travel is deep when compared to Ertiga.
  • Annoying clack sound when horn is pressed(no issue with horn sound though).
  • Speaker volume very low for 2nd/3rd row passengers.
  • Disappointing 3-star crash test rating.

All members in family were satisfied with car performance & comfort during the 1st short trip!

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