KIA’S all-new Carens is now available to order from dealerships across the UK.

The all-new third-generation Carens completes the design-led revolution that president and chief design officer Peter Schreyer began only a few years ago, by renewing every model in the range, and that has completely transformed Kia's image and driven the company towards year after year of record sales.

All versions of the new Carens in the UK have a versatile and spacious seven-seat interior.

There are three highly efficient and modern engines – one petrol and two turbodiesels – two transmissions and three trim and equipment packages.

Kia is not claiming to have reinvented the MPV with the new Carens.

But it does claim to provide all the room and versatility of its competitors while offering something they all lack: “style”.

MPVs exist to meet the varied needs of families rather than turn heads. The new Carens has been designed to do both, says Kia.

It exhibits yet another interpretation of the Kia design language masterminded by Schreyer – “dynamic, elegant, prestigious, strong and distinctive”.

In customer clinics conducted in Europe, the new Carens came out ahead of its major European competitors for its all-round appearance.

Like the latest Sportage crossover - another radical departure from the model it replaced, and one that has been at the forefront of Kia’s rocketing sales – it believes the new Carens is a car people will want to own rather than one bought out of necessity.

The seven-seat compact MPV went on sale May 1.

Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are available, with a choice of three well-specified trim levels.

CO2 emissions are from 124g/km.

Care-3 all-inclusive servicing packages are on offer from £329 along with a seven-year fully transferable warranty.

Prices start from £17,895 on the road.