Kia Carens tyres

The abridged history of the Carens is, as is common to so many Kia models, the story of two cars. Originally introduced in 2000, the first Carens was cheap and not particularly cheerful. It was tough and durable, as exhibited by the fact that some early models are still going strong today. However, it was also unrefined and rather bland and there was nothing fancy about it. As more than one industry source commented: “If the car’s Karen’s, best to let her keep it…”

Kia Carens 2

In common with the relentless progress Kia has made since then, the new Carens (above) which was introduced in 2013 challenges the stereotype and is almost a completely different car. While it retains the space of the original, it does everything else infinitely better. It’s a more expensive car, but in every way a much improved one, far removed from the bargain-basement motoring of old. In terms of practicality, quality and comfort, it ticks all the right boxes for those who need a seven-seater and comes with Kia’s famous seven-year and 100,000 mile warranty.

In almost all cases, each new Carens is factory-fitted with Hankook tyres, in common with most new Kia cars. Hankook’s own progress in recent years mirrors that of Kia, with its tyres known for all-round ability at a competitive price structure. Since the new Carens has been on Britain’s roads for a relatively short space of time, etyres’ sales records include only a small number of tyres for fitting to them. From such a small sample, it is impractical if not impossible to deduce any trend or pattern. Naturally, though, we’d recommend replacing a worn or damaged tyre with a similar Hankook one on a like-for-like basis. This ensures consistency with the other tyres on the car and preserves the mechanical integrity of the car.

For the older Carens, a definite trend can be found. Almost all owners of a first-generation Carens are cost-led when buying replacement tyre. This is hardly surprising given that they’d have been cost-led when getting the car in the first place. For them, budget and economy tyre ranges are overwhelmingly popular. When choosing between these, wet grip ratings should be as much of a guide as purchase price. A good wet grip rating means better roadholding in both wet and dry conditions and shorter braking distances in all conditions. This is an important consideration in terms of safety and will help you find the right tyres to suit both your car and your budget.