Kia Carnival people-mover – so much polish for a large 8-seat family vehicle
If you’ve got a large family you may think the only option is a 7 passenger SUV however don’t overlook the latest Kia Carnival 8-seat people mover. Unfortunately the word people mover may conjure up thoughts of a large box with little or no sophistication. Far from it, the latest Kia Carnival is a very sophisticated 8-seater – I tested the 3.3-litre V6 Carnival Platinum now with 8-speed automatic at $60,290, with five star ANCAP crash safety rating, a roomy and versatile cabin it is one of the few vehicles that can carry 8 passengers and their luggage in real comfort – by comparison most 7-seat SUV’s somewhat compromise the luggage space – the third row best suited to small kids. The Carnival is large yes but it doesn’t feel so on road due to sharp dynamics. But seat versatility is its key – so many options that turns it from people carrier to cargo carrier very easily. The Platinum edition model – the burger with the lot.
Some nice features like a hands-free power tailgate – simply stand by it with the smart key in your pocket to activate it – great when your hands are full. Also the power sliding side doors – makes access easier and safer with no protruding side doors. As a driver I’d like manual shift paddles, this is subjective, but it does help for quicker down shifts for engine braking on hills. But given its bulk a 360 degree camera is a bonus so too the rear cross traffic alert and rear parking sensors. Great transport for a large family. I’m David Berthon
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