After Kia Seltos, Kia launched its second car in India which is an MPV or rather a luxurious MPV, with features similar to that Toyota Vellfire. Kia Carnivals feature some most amazing capabilities and which are too segment-first leaving the all-time competitors behind. To know more dive further, into this next blog of the Review Series.
On the Point
Kia Carnival is powered by a 2.2L BSVI 4-cylinder CRDI Engine which produces around 200PS@3800rpm of power with the torque output of 440Nm@1500-2750rpm. The fuel type that the engine supports is diesel and is the only option available across its all variants. And selectively, Carnival only supports 8speeds Automatic transmissions. Moreover, the MPV is available in 6 variants as of now which are Premium 7, Premium 8, Prestige 7, Prestige 9, Limousine 7 VIP, and the recently launched Limousine Plus 7 VIP. As the name suggests all variants support the seating capacity as mentioned by the number.
For more specs refer to the Quick Spec’s sheet below:
On to the front, the Kia Carnival gets a Tiger nose grille with the projector headlamp setup of which the indicator lamps are still the normal bulbs. The headlamps also feature LED DRL’s. The bumper holds the foglamps which are actually four LEDs on each side giving a premium appeal.
Looking at the sides, the first thing which will strike off your mind is the wheelbase which is more than 5 meters long indeed. The sides get the sliding doors which are also automatic. Moreover, the alloy wheels are finished in chrome to give them a premium look.
The rear side’s major highlight is the LED taillamps with the halogen indicator and reverse lights. Moreover, from the rear, the Kia Carnival really looks classic with just a chrome strip at the center.
The interiors are really fabulous on this car and have a number of highlights. Firstly, the dashboard is dual-tone in color as obvious. Moreover, there are plenty of storage spaces on offer everywhere, the glove boxes are large enough (the lower one), the door pockets are massive, etc.
It has an 8-inch unit display as an infotainment system which is believe me looks smaller in this car as the interiors are so massive! It gets mostly all the features with reverse parking camera and connectivities such as Android Auto and Apple car play. Below the infotainment system there lies the AC controls, Kia Carnival gets 3-way climate control AC settings. On the driver’s side, the instrument cluster is of traditional style with an analog tachometer and speedometer along with a small display screen showing necessary information about the vehicle.
The steering wheel is nice to hold with the cruise controls on the right side and the controls for the audio system on the left. The steering is adjustable and is a hydraulic unit. Also, the way it looks always reminds you that Kia Carnival is a global model. The power windows get one touch-up-down function which is not only available for drivers but for all the passengers as well. Moreover, ventilated seats are also available there but only for the driver’s side along with the electronic parking brake, Hold assist, etc.
On to the rear seats the second row is just amazing with the best-in-class space on offer and across the segment as well. Moreover, the seats get many adjusts and you can actually move the seats sidewards. On to the center, it gets a smart air purifier which can be controlled from the front and rear. The air conditioner settings for the second-row seats are available on the roof above the sliding doors. The sliding doors are really nice on the vehicle and according to the claims are tested enough. They can be opened and closed from many buttons as well as with the door handles which again is a nice touch.
On to the boot, it’s really massive after all the seats are up with the capacity of 540L. Moreover, the boot lid or the fifth door is automatic and got a party trick as well as if you stand in front of it for three seconds, it automatically opens. Moreover, the second-row seats feature display screens on each side which can be connected with the infotainment display and also supports Amazon fire stick as well. Second-row seats are known as VIP seats and provide dedicated retractable under-thigh support with the independent central armrest for each passenger. Kia Carnival also features a dual sunroof which can be controlled from the rear as well as from the front.
Kia Carnival being a budget Toyota Vellfire misses out on some feature and have some limitations as well as under:
- UVO Connect feature: kia Carnival comes with the connectivity of UVO controls which allows the driver to unlock/lock or control the vehicle from its phone. But the feature is really unresponsive as sometimes it takes much time to get connected with the car and sometimes it takes too long to just turn on the vehicle.
- Instrument cluster: As mentioned earlier the Instrument cluster is an analog unit which is of course due to as the Kia Carnival serves as the global model but still at this price point it’s really mandatory to have a graphic integrated cluster panel.
- Ventilated Seating function: The ventilated seat is only available for the driver which is again unacceptable at this price point. Moreover, kia Seltos which is literally very cheap as compared to the Carnival gets dual ventilated seats for front.
- Missing Tech’s: Kia Carnival misses some of the common tech’s as well which are now there in even the budget sub-SUV vehicles. These techs include 360 degrees parking camera, front parking camera etc.
At last, summing up, if you really want a comfortable and class vehicle which contains almost everything or more than everything in some areas then this gonna be the best budget buy. And why I am using the word ‘budget buy’ is because Kia Carnival is actually a cheaper option in this luxury segment and can be considered as a smaller Toyota Vellfire.
Recently, Carnival got a Limousine Plus update, to know more follow the blog link given below:
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Credits: All images have been taken from Kia’s official website.