Ok so this is a bit of an incomplete review only because the Carnival I had developed a problem with the power steering so I didn’t get to complete everything I wanted to do with the car.
While I did get to spent pretty much a week with the car and got a great idea of what it would be like to use around the city for a family car I just didn’t get to do a long distance drive in it so I wasn’t able to record and highway fuel economy figures.
But during that time I got a perfect idea of how good this car would be for families specially if you need more than 5 seats, now this was the first people mover I’d reviewed so I wasn’t really sure what to expect I’m people movers have a reputation of being boring and uninspiring.
While the Carnival doesn’t fill you with excitement like a sporty car I did actually enjoy driving it, something I didn’t think I was going to say before I picked it up.
Climb inside it and the first thing hit you is just how much room there there on the inside, the front seats are not only very comfortable but there’s oodles of legroom.
The multi function steering wheel is comfortable to hold and the perfect thickness, The instrument panel is well set out and easy to read in any light.
The centre stack complete with the 7inch touch screen for the multimedia system looks good and well set out with all the controls in easy reach.
The multimedia system is not only extremely easy to use but the sound from the audio system was great, the sat nav worked perfectly and was again easy to use.
Being the range topping Platinum model the Carnival comes with electric sliding doors for the rear, so at a push of a button on the key fob will open the doors on approach, once to hop in the doors close with a push of a button.
The rear is just an expanse of the room as you would expect the middle row seats are comfortable and allows easy access to the third row seats which also have great legroom. One thing I really liked was the fact it has doors on both sides making it easier for people to get in and out of the back.
The boot space was great and it’s unbelievable how much room there with all the seats folded.
Under the bonnet and this carnival came with Kia’s awesome 2.2L turbo diesel pushing out 130Kw and 440Nm of torque which means not only does the carnival easily keep up with traffic, but it can easily lope along highway speeds with ease.
While I didn’t get to test the fuel economy on the the freeway the Carnival returned very good figures for my normal commute where I average 10.7L/100km for the week.
On the road the Carnival was really a pleasure to drive the ride was exceptionally smooth the suspension is a touch soft which did mean there was lean in some corners but this is not the kind of vehicle you want to throw at your favourite twisty bit of road, the steering was light and had a decent amount of feel.
Safety wise the Carnival has only received a 4 star ANCAP safety rating but there is host of safety features including ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), ESC (Electronic Stability Control), HAC (Hill-start Assist Control), BSD (Blind Spot Detection) & LCA (Lane Change Assist),RCTA (Rear Cross Traffic Alert),LDWS (Lane Departure Warning System), FCWS (Forward Collision Warning System), curtain airbags, front and rear parking sensors and it scores bonus marks from me for having a rear view camera.
After a week with the Carnival I came away really impressed and think if you have a large family this would make the perfect car for you.
It has a massive amount of space, can return decent fuel economy numbers and is packed full of features.
The only downsides for some people would be the 4 star ANCAP rating and the fact that fully loaded the platinum model is upwards of $60,000, but in saying that if you can live without some of the toys there are cheaper models available.
So if you have enough kids to make your own netball team or you just want a comfortable family truckster with a massive amount of room than you can’t go much further then the Carnival.
The find out more about the Carnival or the rest of Kia’s range of vehicles check out their website http://www.kia.com.au or get down to your local dealership.
2015 Kia Carnival Platinum Diesel pricing and specifications
Price: $59,990, plus on road
Engine: 2.2-litre 4 cylinder turbo diesel 147kW and 440Nm
Transmission: 6 speed auto
Standard Features: Reverse parking sensors, Front Parking Sensors, 360-degree Camera, Rear view camera,HID Headlamps, LED positioning lamps, Leather trim seats, 8 way power driver’s seat, 8 way power front passenger seat, Ventilated front seats, Sliding & reclining seats (2nd row outer seats),2nd row walk-in device (stand-up seats), Power sliding doors, Hands-free smart power tailgate, Privacy Glass (rear windows and tailgate), Solar glass (windscreen & front side), Cruise control with steering wheel mounted controls, Premium steering wheel & shift knob,Wood-look trim steering wheel, 7″ colour TFT supervision instrument cluster, Digital speedometer, 3 x 12 volt power outlets (front, behind centre console & cargo area), 3 x USB charging port (front, inside & behind centre console), Tri-zone climate control air-conditioning (front dual & rear) with rear controls, Rear air vents (2nd & 3rd rows).