The Kia Carnival is the giant Korean carmaker’s second and flagship entry in India after the much welcomed Kia Seltos. It is an MPV with a premium touch and is aimed to create a segment of its own while taking a few sales away from full-size seven-seater SUVs like the Ford Endeavour and the Toyota Fortuner.
The Carnival is launched in the country at Auto Expo 2020, which will be sold in three trim levels:
- Prestige and
Across five variants with a single choice of BS6 compliant diesel powertrain. 2.2-litre diesel engine (202PS/440Nm) coupled with an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Kia Carnival price starts at ₹ 24.95 Lakhs and goes up to ₹ 33.95 Lakhs. The price of the Diesel variant for Carnival ranges between ₹ 24.95 Lakhs – ₹ 33.95 Lakhs. It costs more than the Toyota Innova Crysta but less than the Toyota Vellfire and Mercedes-Benz V-Class.
Kia has loaded the machine with more luxury features and you will enjoy including everything with a wide variety of choices:
- dual-panel sunroof and electric sliding doors
- tilt and telescopic steering
- LED projector headlamps
- LED fog lamps
- LED tail lamps, and a powered tailgate.
To add more,
With 37 unique features, UVO is the latest evolution in connected car technology and infotainment. It lets you seamlessly connect your smartphone or smartwatch with the Kia Carnival.
Kia Carnival will be more apt for all the occasions like a road trip with family and friends, colleagues lunch out and adventurous trip. You can enjoy with versatile seating combinations to make room for everyone and almost everything you need.
Either you can customize the seats based on your requirement as:
- 7 seater ( VIP seats)
- 8 seater
- 9 seater (6+3)
Overall, the Kia Carnival is a handsome and brawny looking people mover. It is large, has an imposing street presence, it demands attention, but is easy on the eye despite the humongous proportions.
The front seats are large and offer a good amount of support all around. In the top specification trim, the driver’s seat is electrically adjustable and it also gets cooled ventilation but the front passenger seat misses out on both these functions.
Talking about the seats, this is where the model gets interesting. Lower spec models get something called ‘standup seats’ which fold upright allowing better ingress, while there’s something called ‘sinking seats’ which have got a clever mechanism that allows them to fold down flat on the floor. Then there are the Limousine’s VIP seats available only in a seven-seater configuration with ‘ captain seat’ that is the special reclining and sliding adjustments along with leg extension.
Hence, the carnival is best described as the premium people mover and can be the best option for those who are ready to spend about Rs 30 to 40 lakh for a seven-seater instead of a four-seater. As a new model with many features, imposed look, has a great street presence carnival can expect a great welcome in the Indian market.52