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Make
Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
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2014. -
M - MPV
MPV, 5 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2013. -
M - MPV
MPV, 5 door
front

Dimensons & Outlines

4342 mm
1800 mm
1555 mm
468 liters
1510 liters
51 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4525 mm
1805 mm
1610 mm
492 liters
1650 liters
58 liters
2014 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
2013 KIA Carens

Engine

Diesel
3 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1496 cc
116 hp
270 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1685 cc
115 hp
260 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1340 kg
10.6 s
195 km/h
4.4 l/100km
3.4 l/100km
3.8 l/100km
99 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1481 kg
13.0 s
181 km/h
5.8 l/100km
4.1 l/100km
4.7 l/100km
124 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

 
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l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
g/km
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Vehicle weight
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Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
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CO2 emissions
 
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Expenses

11000 EUR
Price from
9000 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the mpv segment and utilize the same 5-door MPV body style and the front wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific diesel engine choice they offer. The first one has a BMW-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 3-cylinder, 12-valves 116hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 115hp engine designed by Hyundai.

Safety

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the mpv segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? On the other hand, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the Korean car offers a considerable difference of 11% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that KIA does have a slight advantage, at least on all of the models level. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of BMW with an average rating of 4.3, and models under the KIA badge with 4.6 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed 2 Series as average reliability-wise, and Carens is more or less at the same level.We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the German car rank it on average as 4.5, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.3 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

BMW is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 2.4 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 195 kilometers per hour, 14km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the German car, averaging around 3.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (74 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 24% difference compared to the Korean car.


Verdict

KIA appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the Korean car offers significantly better overall protection, taking the lead here. From there things take a different direction, with BMW being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! It's not difficult to say then that if I'd need to make a choice, it would definitely be the BMW. Nevertheless, let's not forget that people have different preferences and needs, so what really counts is your personal feel. I'm only here to help. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.

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