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Brought home my Kia Carens diesel IMT: First impressions post delivery

Handling is exceptional. Feels like a big car to drive than an MPV.

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Took delivery of my Carens diesel IMT Prestige Plus last Friday. The dealer "Capital KIA" was extremely professional. Special mention about the salesperson Mr. Sai Subramanian. The whole process went butter smooth. The sales team toiled hard to get my car registered the day before the New Road Tax in TN came into effect.

Everything went like a clockwork on the day of my delivery. The dealer organised it very well. The only downside was there was no parking for visitor vehicles who had come for the delivery ceremony since they had scheduled 5 deliveries in the evening that day. But still organised it neatly.

I have driven only around 300+ Kms for now. Here are my Initial observations.

Likes:

  • The car has acres of space inside
  • The AC is outstanding till the Third row (the real test would be during the summer since it is raining now)
  • Road View is excellent (coming from a low-slung sedan)
  • Ingress and Egress is a breeze
  • Handling is exceptional. Feels like a big car to drive than an MPV.
  • Excellently tuned suspensions. Ride quality is good over damaged roads
  • When I drove for 60 Odd Kms in the ECR stretch from Kovalam to Mahabs, I got 23 KMPL as mileage which is phenomenal.

Dislikes:

  • The engine pull feels inadequate sometimes for the size and weight of the car (which was already known)

Have not taken snaps of my car yet except the ones taken during the delivery. Will share a lot of them in my ownership review. Some from the Ceremony and pooja:

Cost breakup:

As mentioned above I went with the My Convenience Plus package from KIA which also has Extended Warranty. Went only for some selective accessories.

Got some cash discount from the dealer. While taking delivery installed the scratch proof sticker from Armour guard for ICE. Got Dr. Charcoal Activated Charcoal bag to remove odors (I do not use car perfumes due to health issues of family members) along with it got two 0.25 M USB-C to USB-C charging cables for the middle and last rows.

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