In the last couple of years, several manufacturers have come forward with 7-seater SUVs. We have Tata Safari, Mahindra XUV700, MG Hector Plus, Hyundai Alcazar and Kia Carens. Kia launched the Carens in the market earlier this year and like many other products from Kia, it grabbed buyers attention for the aggressive pricing. Kia does not call Carens an SUV and they are marketing it as an MUV. It competes with Hyundai Alcazar and here we have a detailed comparison video of both Alcazar and Carens.
The video has been uploaded by The Car Guide – Rishabh Arora on their YouTube channel. In this video, vlogger compares both Carens and Alcazar on different parameters. He starts by talking about the exterior design. Hyundai Alcazar has a design that looks like an evolution of what we have seen in Creta. It looks bold and has lot of dark chrome elements which give it a premium look. Kia Carens on the other hand has a very MPVish looking front. The front design of Carens is something that not everyone would like. The lower air dam of Carens gets Tiger nose grille.
Kia Carens is slightly larger in terms of dimensions when compared with Alcazar but because of the design it does not look large. Coming to the side profile, the Alcazar gets 18 inch alloy wheels and the Carens gets 16 inch dual tone units for better ride quality and handling. Just like the front, the rear design of both the SUVs are different as well. Once again Alcazar looks a lot more premium here.
Both Carens and Alcazar offer features like touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic climate control, air purifier, ventilated seats, connected car features, leather upholstery and so on. The Alcazar offers an electric sunroof, manually height adjustable driver seat while Alcazar gets panoramic sunroof and electrically adjustable driver seat and 360 degree camera. Alcazar also misses out on front parking sensors which are present in Carens. In terms of space both Alcazar and Carens offer decent amount of space. However, when compared with Alcazar, Carens offer slightly more space. The third row seat is a bit more usable in Carens than in Alcazar.
Kia Carens many miss out on some features that are present in Alcazar and other cars in the segment but vlogger mentions that it is still a value for money product in the segment. In terms of pricing Kia Carens is around Rs 2 to Rs 2.5 lakh, ex-showroom cheaper. Both Carens and Alcazar share the same diesel engine. Vlogger mentions that if you are person who is ready to compromise on features, Carens is the car to go and if they want a fully feature loaded SUV, then Alcazar should be the one on the list. They both use a 1.5 litre turbocharged diesel engine that generate 115 Ps and 250 Nm of peak torque. This engine is available with manual and automatic transmission option.
In Alcazar other than the diesel, a 2.0 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine is also offered. It comes with manual and automatic transmission. Carens get two more engine options other than the diesel. They are both petrol and are the same units that we have seen on Kia Seltos. The car gets 1.5 litre naturally aspirated petrol and a 1.5 litre turbo petrol engine option.