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A quick review of feature-rich Kia Carnival

Kia cars are making a bold entrance in the Indian market as of late. The Kia Carnival is an MPV or multi-purpose vehicle and the Toyota Innova Crysta had been the only choice for customers in that segment. The Carnival would be another offering from the automaker in India. However, the offering from Kia is larger, more luxurious as well as powerful. Also, there would also be no overlapping between the prices, meaning that the customers would not actually be weighing them as two options. Kia Carnival would be a new luxurious MPV for Indian buyers.


One of the most striking things is the size of the Kia Carnival. The car is huge and much like the Mercedes-Benz V-Class. The silhouette of the car is much like any traditional MPV. The imposing grille and large headlamps create a good front-end definition. The front bumper and the unique fog lamps offer some character. The pinched effect for the third-row windows uplifts the profile of the Carnival. The Kia Carnival uses a combination of front-wheel-drive layout and monocoque construction, unlike the rear-wheel-drive Innova Crysta.


Kia Carnival price in India can be expected to be around Rs. 26 lakh to Rs. 35 lakh. With the large size of the car, you would definitely imagine the interior space to be roomy. The good visibility on the outside also helps to improve the experience of the one driving the car. The overall quality of the cabin is also very impressive. The chrome details, the padded finish of the dashboard and knurled knobs have a premium outlook. The space and design of the cabin vary with the different models – Prestige, Premium, and Limousine. The Limousine even offers the unique option to move the chairs sideways.


The Premium variant offers dual airbags, a rear-view camera, rear parking sensors, auto headlights, projector headlamps, and cruise control. You will even find 3-zone climate control. Prestige is the mid-spec trim and will offer front parking sensors, hill assist, and side and curtain airbags. A 220V laptop charger is also present. The driver’s seat also gets lumbar support. The Limousine trim offers only 7 seats and is packed with features. The car gets Nappa leather VIP seats, rear-seat entertainment system, Harman Kardon sound system among others.


The Kia Carnival is BS6-compliant and makes 200hp at 3800 rpm and 440 Nm of torque at around 2000 rpm. Weighing in at around 2.2 tonnes, the car offers the same power-to-weight ratio as the Toyota Innova 2.8. The engine is quite likable. The power-release is steady and lack of drama. The throttle responses are good at all speeds and the engine is not punchy.

Kia Carnival on-road price would attract those buyers who were not too delighted with the Innova Crusta and wanted something more. The car is not a hardy workhorse but offers a more luxurious ride.

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