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The new Kia Carnival.
Carnival a lot of car for the cost
orean maker Kia has completely
reinvented itself and its model range
over the past few years.
But clearly it is smart enough to know
when to leave well-enough alone.
Such is the case with Kia’s relaunched
people mover, the Carnival.
While these big family machines are forever tending
towards being sleeker, slicker and quicker than ever
before, Kia is sticking with the old “size matters”
Despite some extensive restyling, this recently-
released third-generation Carnival remains in essence
an old-style family van building its appeal upon oodles
of space and practical if conser vative styling.
The key ingredients are all there — eight seats, 10
cupholders plus four bottle-holders, a blizzard of
air conditioning outlets and the kind of space and
flexibility families crave.
Beneath the surface, though, there have been some
The body shell has been substantially strengthened
to improve safety as well as driving characteristics.
Handling and quietness has been improved, interior
finishes upgraded and buyers now have the choice of
petrol or diesel power.
With prices starting from a family-friendly $41,490,
the Carnival is a logical option for those broods
seeking safety, space and practicality, or for those
whose duties include ferrying around the kids plus all
their friends or footy team-mates.
It is a pretty simple recipe, one that Kia has delivered
with a few innovative twists in this latest Carnival.
The wheelbase is longer yet the car’s overall length is
slightly shorter and the roof line is slightly lower than
before, meaning the Carnival is better looking and
balanced, as well as being a little easier to manoeuvre
in tight spaces.
Still, do not buy this car thinking it ’s going to be
particularly special to drive.
We tested the GDI (gasoline direct injection)
3.3-litre V6, in its most basic form, the entry-level S
Above that model live the Si ($45,490); SLi
($49,990) and full-fruit Platinum ($57,490).
There is also the option of a 2.2-litre turbocharged
diesel variant which adds $2500 to the cost of each
trim level. Having recently tested that engine in the
Carnival’s sibling, the Sorento SUV, we would expect
it to give the Carnival substantially better performance
over the petrol V6, which was competent but a bit
While it matches smoothly with a six-speed auto, the
V6 engine lacks a bit in torque meaning higher revs
are often required to drag this big, bulky machine up
hills. With a full load of humans and their belongings
on board that shortcoming would be magnified.
The Carnival’s handling is also nothing to write
home about — also a little surprising considering how
dynamically impressive the similarly-sized Sorento
proved to be in our recent test.
Still, this is a car designed to be roomy and practical
above all else, and it absolutely achieves that.
Access is outstanding, thanks to the sliding doors on
both sides of the passenger cockpit, giving a wide, easy
ingress to any and all occupying those rear seats.
The so-called stand-up seats in the middle row
improve that access by allowing the base cushion to
slide for ward and tilt upright, allowing the seats to
slide further for ward giving more room for the climb
through to the third row.
Those rearmost seats, too, are a clever arrangement
— u sing a novel fold and tumble system to deploy
the third-row pews. When folded away they form a
virtually flat, expansive cargo space that is capable of
swallowing up all manner of bulky boxes or family
With all three rows in use, though, that unused
fold-away space becomes a very deep, well-like cargo
compartment. That achieves two welcome outcomes. It
prevents the weekly grocery shop from rolling around
on the floor, as well as allowing luggage or other items
to be stacked up high behind the last row of seats.
Total storage capacity is 990 litres with all eight seats
in use, up to 2200 litres behind the second row and
a capacious 4022 litres if all rear passenger seats are
Kia says the Carnival’s interior has been inspired
by first-class aircraft cabins with individual seating
and arm rests for front and second-row passengers,
overhead consoles and air conditioning vents for each
The first-class claim seemed a bit of a stretch in our
base model but perhaps not so much in the flagship
Platinum trim which enjoys two-tone leather trim,
electronic seat adjustment and heating, heated steering
wheel, cooled glove box, tri-zone air conditioning and
built-in sunshades for the second and third rows.
The Platinum also adds radar cruise control, front
parking assist (also on SLi), lane departure warning,
blind-spot assist, lane-change assist and rear cross-
Even the base model is impressively safe, though,
with six airbags, electronic stability control, hill-start
and brake assist, cornering brake control and roll-over
Presentation-wise, the Carnival offers a more
modern, stylish face than the mundane model it
replaces although it stops short of the ultra-modern
styling being rolled out across the Kia range.
Inside, too, the styling is a bit garden-variety,
although the number and range of storage nooks, plus
the stain-resistant upholstery, are a couple of smart
nods to the family market.
For those with the extra cash, the posh Platinum
probably lifts the Carnival into a higher strata than
previous models have managed, firmly challenging
the likes of Honda’s impressive Odyssey and Toyota’s
But for a majority of families the entry-level $40k
price tag will seem equally attractive, delivering a
very affordable, ser viceable and sensible everyday
Kia Carnival S
How big? Impressively so. The eight-seat capacity
gives it an appeal few vehicles can match, and the very
well thought-out operation of the two rear rows of
seats means it is vastly flexible for transporting bulky
goods, as well.
How fast? Not very. The V6 petrol version we tested
is certainly smooth and quiet, but the engine lacks a
bit of lowdown grunt sometimes required. Potential
buyers might want to consider the more powerful, less
thirsty diesel option.
How thirsty? Once again, the diesel might be the
preference here with its frugal 7.7l/100km thirst. The
V6 petrol is cheaper at the showroom, but will cost
you more every time you stop at the ser vice station.
How much? At just over $40,000 the Carnival
represents a heck of a lot of car for your cash. But
even entry-level buyers might be wise to consider the
extra spend on the diesel. If you can spare the cash, the
Platinum comes fully-loaded for a price approaching
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