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A Carnival ride to enjoy

A Carnival ride to enjoy

Charles Buban

The all-new Kia Carnival Grand Utility Vehicle is redefining executive ride

The all-new Carnival is the latest vehicle model from Kia, one of the most successful brands in recent history. A replacement for the Korean automaker’s 3rd generation family hauler, the Carnival is pushing the envelope for what a minivan should be in its latest iteration.

In fact, it’s no longer called as such as Kia coined the term Grand Utility Vehicle or GUV. So what makes the all-new Carnival a very intriguing buy? Let’s take a closer look.

1. Perfect blend of minivan functionality with SUV styling

Kia aims to capitalize on the success of its multi-award-winning and hot-selling Telluride mid-size SUV. With wide stance, crossover-like proportions, bold cutline to connect the front to the rear, large wheels (19-inches on the SX variant and 18-inches on the EX), and signature daytime running lights that flow into the grille, the all-new Carnival GUV now has an upscale-SUV vibe—something buyers would now feel more proud and confident of driving.

2. Seven luxurious and spacious seats

The upscale SX trim comes with leather upholstery (leatherette on the EX) and the two relaxation seats on the second row seats (on the SX) come equipped with cushioned leg rest, manual long and lateral sliding, armrest, and cooling ventilation. The driver’s seat is 8-way Power as well as 4-way Lumbar Support with memory and cooling ventilation. The front passenger seat on the other hand is 8-way power and with cooling ventilation.

3. More space inside

Kia explained that interior spaciousness has been improved on the all-new Carnival as both the GUV’s wheelbase and overall length have been stretched to provide more room for people and cargo. With regard to cargo room, the all-new Carnival’s second row seats can be removed completely, and with the third row seats folded flat, cargo space increases to an impressive 4,110 liters.

4. Safe and intelligent executive ride

Beyond utilizing ultra-high tensile steel and hot stamping method to create a lighter but more rigid body plus seven airbags, the all-new Carnival is already equipped with several autonomous driving and assistive technologies first introduced by Kia sub-brand, DRIVE WiSE. Aside from the Cruise Control and Blind Spot Detection (BSD) features that come standard in the two variants, the SX comes with Lane Keeping Assist that alerts the driver and even steers the vehicle back in the middle of the lane; Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Rear Cross Traffic Alert that warns and if necessary brake automatically, if collision is imminent with a pedestrian or a car ahead, as well as detect incoming objects that might come in contact while reversing; camera display; and Parking Distance Warning. The following safety features are already standard across the two variants: seven airbags, Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Multi Collision Brake System (MCV), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Trailer Stability Assist (TSA), Anti-theft system; and Isofix Child Anchor on the 2nd and 3rd Row Seats, and Child Lock. Other safety features included are LED head, tail, and fog lights; LED Daytime Running Lights; an Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror; Front and Rear parking Sensors; Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines; Blind Spot Warning; and Cruise Control.

5. Convenience features

The all-new Carnival’s key fob is one intelligent device as it offers remote one-touch power function to open or close the sliding doors and liftgate. There’s also Get On/Off puddle light; Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; and Wireless Charging. The instrument panel that features a 4.2-inch multifunction display is now paired to an 8-inch infotainment screen that stretches across two-thirds of the GUV’s dashboard. Four speakers with two tweeters come standard to both variants. Buyers of the SX would also enjoy the all-new Carnival’s dual sunroof that opens up the sky for all the passengers. Apart from Dual-zone front climate control, there’s also Single-zone rear climate control for the passengers at the back.

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6. Ample power

A 2.2-liter, Smartstream in-line 4 CRDI turbocharged diesel engine powers the all-new Carnival. Mated to a Smartstream 8-speed automatic transmission, this engine is able to generate 199.2 hp and 440 Nm of torque. There are four available Drive Modes: Normal, Eco, Sport, Smart that provide different driving dynamics.

7. Kia PH warranty and road assistance

To further entice the market to this new breed of executive people mover, Kia Philippines offers the all-new Carnival with a five-year or 160,000-km warranty as well as 24/7 Roadside Assistance.

8. Classy colors

The all-new Carnival is available in 3 colors: Snow White Pearl for a sleek and clean look, Aurora Black Pearl for a classic silhouette, and Astra Blue for a touch of sophistication. The SX in Astra Blue is priced at P2.988 million with the more elegant Snow White Pearl and Aurora Black Pearl both priced at P2.998 million. The EX in Astra Blue is priced at P2.540 million with the Snow White Pearl and Aurora Black Pearl both priced at P2.550 million. Find the dealer nearest your location via