Kia Carens long termer

Previously you may remember reading about our Carens suffering some unexplained damage to its wing mirror while parked overnight. While it was back at Kia's HQ having the necessary ear surgery, we were treated to a brand-new replacement.

Now, I know I'm not a particularly ardent follower of fashion, but I've got a bee in my bonnet about white cars. To my eyes they just look unfinished, rendering all a designer's hard work as appealing as a washing machine.

And this is one of my few gripes with our otherwise-outstanding Carens, so it was a pleasant surprise to find its replacement looking resplendent in a gunmetal grey hue.

Resplendent and spotless, which was a nice change. Being pressed into work as a camera car/dog basket/kayak mover means our own Carens ends up looking rather the worse for wear, although to its credit the interior trim hasn't suffered from all the hard use and it comes up as new with a good clean.

The week came and went and very soon our own Carens was back from the hospital, sporting a brand-new wing mirror. Kia very kindly took care of the repair, but the cost – well over £500 – is worth pointing out, particularly as more cars are equipped with such complicated pieces of kit.

The knowledge

Model: Kia Carens '3' 1.7 CRDi manual ISG
Price: £23,895 (as tested)
Engine: 1.7-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged diesel
Power: 134bhp, 330Nm
Max speed: 119mph
0-60mph: 10s
Emissions: 132g/km
Mileage this month: 668