The Kia Carnival was Australia’s favourite people mover almost immediately after arriving in 1999, and after over 15 years – the Carnival has proven itself as the go-to family vehicle.
We drove one of the first new Carnivals to arrive at Motorama Kia, to see if it’s up to scratch.
After nearly a decade of service, the Grand Carnival is retiring – handing over the reigns to a new generation that hopes to take the throne once again in the fight for a spot in the family budget.
Stepping inside, Kia has carried the premium touches to the interior. On the Si, soft touch trim and a clean, sophisticated dash centred around the 8” full touch colour LCD screen gives it an air of luxury. The one thing you'll notice about the cabin is the space; there's enough room to stretch out and manage to not hit anything for a while. The drivers seat is luxuriously supportive, well bolstered on the corners.
The foot operated parking brake isn’t intrusive at all – your can rest safely in the footwell without fear of bringing the car to a sudden stop. Braking is nicely adjusted, quickly and safely bring two tonnes to a stop without any hesitation.
Versatility is the name of the game when it comes to seating, the rear seats as well as the middle centre row seat are removable to free up space and access in the cabin. We got five adults into the Carnival, one in the front passenger seat and two on each row of seating with no complaints about space.
The centre console could store a two-tiered wedding cake with space left over to throw in a travel umbrella. The cooling glove box (standard on SLi and Platinum models) can keep a couple of water bottles from losing their chill. Handy storage around the cabin means nobody will intrude on anyone else’s space, USB points are included meaning devices can charge while entertaining the troops at the back.
Motorama Kia has demo models of the new Carnival to test drive now, so you can get the whole crew in to see it in action.
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