These days the marketing of the new Kia Carnival starts in Australia, a model that in its last generation is more appealing than ever. The South Korean firm plans to sell this model in other countries as well, but it will not reach Western Europe as it does not meet the demands of the local public.
From the outset the new Kia Carnival is the natural successor to the previous Grand Carnival and this is noticeable in the dimensions exceeding five meters in length (5.1). Perhaps a hypothetical version with a short wheelbase and about 4.8 meters in length would make sense in the region but its development is not planned for now.
The new Carnival shares a platform with the new Sorento and also some engines. In Australia it has been launched with the interesting 2.2-liter diesel with 202 hp of power in combination with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, and a 3.5 V6 with 295 hp equipped with the same transmission.
The new range is offered with various trim levels and the most complete may include LED headlights, dual panoramic roof, adaptive cruise control, electric sun blinds, Bose sound system, ventilated and heated seats, automatic gate, 360 vision system, Head Up Display, etc.
The Carnival offer also offers different interior configurations, being able to choose between the variants with eight seats with a more familiar cut to the luxurious ones with seven seats with the central row with two independent armchairs. It is undoubtedly one of the best alternatives for those users who are looking for a spacious and comfortable car.
In Australia the prices of the new Carnival range between 50,390 and 69,990 Australian dollars, that is, between € 31,980 and € 44,415 at the current exchange rate. Among the toughest direct rivals is the Honda Odyssey, which has a very attractive sporty image. Other alternatives would be the Hyundai iMax, Mercedes V-Class, LDV G10 and Toyota HiAce Gran Via.