Kia Carens v Peugeot 5008 v Toyota Verso

Kia Carens, Peugeot 5008, Toyota Verso

Kia Carens, Peugeot 5008, Toyota Verso

At the heart of a good MPV is a simple design brief; it needs to be fun to drive and cope with the demands of family life. We tested three new arrivals the Kia Carens, Peugeot 5008 and Toyota’s Verso.

What is it? Each of the three are seven seat MPV’s. The Toyota Verso is the only one available  that offers the option of five or seven seats.

Who is it aimed at? It is hard to beat a good MPV for everything from the mundane school runs to family holidays. While large people carriers have certainly been eclipsed in recent years by the range of five seat mpvs for those in need of seven seats and space for luggage they really are the only option.

Styling?  With styling reminiscent of the new cee’d the Carens is a huge improvement on the previous version and while Peugeot’s seven-seat 5008 brings a new level of sophistication and Gallic style to the MPV market our pick is the Toyota Verso for its clean and smart styling.

Under the Bonnet: All three come with both petrol and diesel options. There is an option of either a 1.6 petrol or a 1.7 diesel with the Kia Carens. The Peugeot is powered by a choice of a 1.6 petrol or a 1.6 or 2.0 litre diesel. Toyota  offer a 1.6 and a 1.8 petrol or the choice of a 2.0 litre diesel.

What about Inside? Inside the Carens is very clever, with plenty of leg and headroom and a considerable amount of space throughout. There is high quality materials used throughout and it is all very tastefully trimmed. Similarly the cabin of the 5008 is airy and light. Space in the back is particularly generous and everyone from squabbling teenagers to small kids can be kept at a safe distance from each other.  Also for those in need of a car suitable for three infant car seats the 5008 is one of the few on the market that has three isofix points in the back. With all seats folded the Peugeot offers a van like 2506 litres of space making it by far the largest of the three cars tested. The uncluttered dash in the Verso makes for easy and distraction free driving and the quality throughout is good. Despite boasting 32 possible seat configurations the Verso is not as practical as the other two. While there is plenty of room throughout with all seven seats in place the boot is considerably smaller than the others. There is a huge amount of cuppy holes and storage spaces for smaller items though.

Inside the Kia Carens

Inside the Kia Carens

What about Inside? Inside the Carens is very clever, with plenty of leg and headroom and a considerable amount of space throughout. There is high quality materials used throughout and it is all very tastefully trimmed. Similarly the cabin of the 5008 is airy and light. Space in the back is particularly generous and everyone from squabbling teenagers to small kids can be kept at a safe distance from each other.  Also for those in need of a car suitable for three infant car seats the 5008 is one of the few on the market that has three isofix points in the back. With all seats folded the Peugeot offers a van like 2506 litres of space making it by far the largest of the three cars tested. The uncluttered dash in the Verso makes for easy and distraction free driving and the quality throughout is good. Despite boasting 32 possible seat configurations the Verso is not as practical as the other two. While there is plenty of room throughout with all seven seats in place the boot is considerably smaller than the others. There is a huge amount of cuppy holes and storage spaces for smaller items though.

On the Road? All three are good to drive and feel light and agile. The Verso just has the edge over the other two in terms of road holding and dynamics. Of the three tested here it is the most fun to drive. On the road the diesel engine in the Carens is a little noisy when pushed whereas the 5008 is certainly the most refined.

And Safety? As expected  all three come well equipped with a host of safety features. The Carens comes with six airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management and Emergency Stop Signal. With a maximum of five stars in the EuroNCAP active safety in the 5008 is well catered for with ABS with EBFD / EBA, ESP and traction control and six airbags on all models.  Toyota’s Verso is  packed with features to keep your family safe, from its rigid body structure and 7 airbags, to the Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats and active headrests

Peugeot 5008

Peugeot 5008

Options? The Kia Carens  is available with three trim and equipment packages, badged ‘1’, ‘2’ and ‘3’. The Peugeot 5008 has three specifications to choose from Access, Active, and Allure. The Verso comes with three engine options and the choice of Active, Icon and Excel trims. There is also a five seat version of the Verso available in the Active grade with a 1.6 Valvematic petrol engine.

How much? The Kia Carens comes with a starting price tag of £17,895. The top of the range “3” version is £23,895. The Peugeot 5008 starts at £18,600 rising to  £25,855  for the range topping 5008 Allure 2.0 HDi FAP Auto. The seven seat Verso starts at £17,995 and rises to £23,445

What about fuel economy? Fuel economy on all three cars is very impressive. Opt for the Kia Carens ‘2’ 1.7 CRDi 114bhp 6-speed manual ISG 7-seat version that comes equipped with a stop and start mode and the average fuel consumption is 60.1 mpg. The Peugeot 5008 goes even one better with the e-HDI 115 FAP EGC delivering 65.7 mpg.  For the Toyota Verso fuel economy on a combined cycle ranges from 41.5 to 57.6 mpg depending on which you opt for.

Okay so the Verdict?  Overall these are three excellent family cars, the Verso is the best to drive but is let down somewhat by its lack of space and versatility when compared to rivals. The 5008 is by far the most practical of the three and offers style and space in abundance. But it is the Kia Carens that just nudges ahead, it is well priced, stylish, economical and with a seven year warranty very hard to beat.

Toyota’s Verso

Toyota’s Verso

Kia Carens

Peugeot 5008

Toyota Verso

No of Doors

5

5

5

No of Seats

7

7

7

Price Range

 £17,895 – £23,895

 £18,600 – £25,855

 £17,995 – £23,445

Euro NCAP – Overall

5

Engine Size cc

1685

1560

1998

Power bhp

115@4000

115@3600

124@3600

Torque  Nms

260@1750-2500

240@1750

310 Nm@1,600 – 2,400

Fuel type

Diesel

Diesel

Diesel

Combined MPG

60.1mpg

54.3mpg

57.6mpg

CO2 Emissions (g/km)

124

126

129

Max. speed

115

115

115

0-62mph

13.0

12.9

11.3

Boot capacity 

492

679

155

Seats up
 (litres)

1650

2506

982

Fuel tank (litres)

58

60

60

Length (mm)

4525

4529

4460

Width (mm)

1805

1837

1790

Height (mm)

1605

1647

1620

Wheelbase (mm)

2750

2727

2780

For more information

on the Carens check out Kia UK or the Kia UK Facebook page.
on the 5008 check out peugeot.co.uk or the Peugeot UK Facebook page.
or the Verso check out Toyota.co.uk or the Toyota UK Facebook page.

 

Geraldine Herbert

14th August, 2013

 

 

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert is the founder of wheelsforwomen. A jury member for the International Women’s World Car of the Year, she has been a motoring journalist for over ten years and is the motoring expert for Good Housekeeping Magazine and their “Women at the Wheel” section of goodhousekeeing.co.uk. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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