Kia Carnival

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Kia Carnival

(June 2002)

The Kia people mover scores it counts, with plenty of practicality and great value for though it’s a little in performance, as Chris Fincham

Big families on tight budgets flocked to the Kia Carnival in droves its arrival in 1999, pushing the Korean seven-seater to the top of the people best-seller’s list in Australia. a starting price at the time of $30,000, the Carnival found with large suburban who couldn’t afford more and expensive Japanese people and large four-wheel drives.

in its class, the Carnival nonetheless the basic requirements of any family providing plenty of seats and space, along with comfort and convenience. It also 6-cylinder power, normally the of more expensive models.

Kia now hopes to build on this with the second-generation Carnival, offers an even more interior and more features retaining its value-for-money selling The entry-level Carnival now costs with five-speed manual or with the four-speed automatic, we tested here.

Kia has made cosmetic changes to the Carnival’s styling, including new headlights, and fog lights, though it still win any beauty contests. Never as the mums and dads that buy types of vehicles are more to focus on what’s inside, and in respect the latest Carnival In fact, with middle and seats that split, slide and can now be removed altogether, the offers an almost endless of people/load combinations.

For starters, the two separate centre slide fore and aft on rails for legroom or luggage space. with armrests, they access to folding picnic at the back of the front seats perfect for drive-through McDonalds.

To more space for larger the centre seats and split bench seat can be removed As an example, remove the seats on one and it will accommodate four and a couple of bicycles.

The rear seat is wide enough for young ones, or two adults, and the section slides forward or can be individually. Access to the rear is via sliding doors on either and once inside it’s to manoeuvre throughout the cabin.

Up the driver and passenger sit up high on comfortable seats, trimmed in cloth with a grey dash and console. The seats are as is the steering wheel, so finding a position is no problem.

At the wheel most controls easily to hand and the gearstick is away in the console to allow walk-through access to the rear

Visibility out the front and sides is but not so good out back. Reversing a tight parking spot in is a guessing game, as objects window height are hidden the driver’s view. Parking is work anyway, given the metre body length and turning circle.

The Carnival may be but it still comes well-equipped numerous storage areas and cup and features like dual systems, central locking, front windows and mirrors, CD system, and adjustable roof

Kia Carnival

The new model gets extra sockets, twin sunglass above the driver, and a new interior system. Safety and security include a driver’s side and engine immobiliser, but a passenger and ABS are available.

Where the cost become evident is in the Carnival’s refinement and build quality. cloth seat trim and floors are satisfactory, but loads of plastic and flimsy switchgear questions about long-term Overall though, the versatility of the new set-up puts the Carnival on a par or ahead of many of its rivals.

area where the Carnival its cut-price stripes is on-road Sure, the 132kW, 2.5-litre V6 is the powerful in its class, but there’s not grunt available low-down in the rev to get the 1990kg Carnival moving in traffic.

Any attempt to push on results in as the four-speed auto struggles to a suitable gear. It’s not a if you’re happy to potter town, but not ideal when running late for an appointment a bunch of screaming kids in the

That said, the Carnival comfortably cruise on a flat at 100km/h at 2000rpm; it’s you tackle any incline that the hold button comes in All that hard-revving also in poor fuel economy.

is a bit hairy too; push it too around a corner and the body pitch, creak and roll, but to be most people movers less than car-like and handling. The soft suspension a fair job of soaking up bumps, but it down a cobblestone alley, as we and there’s a disconcerting amount of transmitted into the cabin.

If you can overlook these shortcomings, and instead on the nifty interior and features, the Carnival stands out as a solution for any Brady Bunch-sized It doesn’t match the refinement, or driveability of many of its rivals. But if looking for something that can cargo as well as people, the should be on your short

Published. Saturday, 1 June

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