Here is the latest volkswagen multivan, and here is the mercedes v class. Nice vans right, they're, far more accommodating and plush than similar vehicles from the past, but they're still vanish and then there's. This thing, the latest competitor from kia. This is the latest kia carnival and it doesn't look like a van. Does it it's closer to the honda odyssey in terms of design? But honestly it looks better. It comes with a diesel four pot or a petrol v6. It has four trim levels and heaps of comfort and feature tech to cater to the potential buyers of these vehicles and who are those you may ask people with large families or in need of practical adjustable interiors. You know those people who are driving around large suvs without actually needing them. No, what they actually need is something more like this speaking of which this may be. The reason why the carnival looks the way it does it's trying to get closer to the design of an suv to try and lure a few of those buyers to actually show them that it meets all their needs. The one i have here is an sli trim, so one under the very top and it's powered by that four pot diesel, so let's have a closer look at the design. Now, if you like this pantera metal, paint and i'm sure fans of pantera and the band will at least like the word combo in the name, you'll need an extra 695 plus stamp duty.
In fact, you'll need that for any of the six optional paints the standard. One is ceramic silver, but the really interesting part of the look is the new exterior design. It looks like something between a minivan and a modern american suv. It doesn't sport, massive ground clearance or any off road prowess, but the overall look really pulls in that direction. So let's talk about the actual features i mean look at this front: section: sleek headlights, modern grille and large creasing bonnet with several chrome details to add some contrast and complete the look. The side shows a pretty boxy shape, but again one that resembles a large suv. More than it does a van, this brushed chrome section behind the c pillar is reminiscent of some suv designs as well. I think it helps break the monotony of these three row vehicles, speaking of monotony, with the length of 5155 millimeters there's a lot to be monotonous. So those details help a lot it's, also just under 2 meters, wide and 1.74 meters, high, very importantly, for any vehicle and especially for a people mover. Its wheelbase is 3090 millimeters. The rear is also boxy and somewhat minimal, but it actually looks pretty good. Oh and one smart feature: they're not really unique. Nowadays is the placement of this rear wiper. As far as people movers go. This is a really nice looking one. There are two engine options, as i mentioned: a 3.5 litre, smart stream, v6 multi point and direct injection and dual continuous variable valve timing for the best of efficiency and power.
There are some still unconfirmed reports that the petrol engine may have some issues with oil consumption. We'Ll see how that develops anyway, the engine itself is good: producing 216 kilowatts of power and 355 newton meters of torque, the latter from 5000 revs. The second option is this: 2.2 inline four pot diesel with 148 kilowatts of power and 440 newton meters of torque from 1750 to 2750 revs. Both engines are available in all trim levels and they're, both paired with an eight speed automatic now. The one i have here is the diesel and look there's, no ev option available and that's always my preferred choice, but the diesel is my preferred engine in this car. The reason for this is the low end torque. While i love the accelerating smoothness of naturally aspirated engines in vehicles of this size and family based use, having all the torque in the range that you actually spend most of the time in really means a lot so driving the diesel. Well, there's, no massive kick, but the push is sufficient for comfortably cruising. You can overtake and the engine never really feels like it's struggling, but there is also no hard hitting push at any point, and that is once again good for such a vehicle. You feel in control, you have enough power and you never feel like. The carnival will go mad on you, like some more powerful vehicles of this size could, while the top of the torque curve is not very wide just 1000 revs, and while i would like a wider torque curve, i have to say that it's, just a matter of Personal preference in a vehicle of this kind, in reality, with eight gears to work with and keeping in mind the fact that you'll spend 99 of the driving time within those exact revs with your family in the back, makes this engine and gearbox combo perfectly suitable.
The gearbox is nothing short of awesome for this and i have to say, i'm very happy, it's, not the dual clutch from the sorrento. Now this particular one reacts quickly and it's very smooth when it shifts and there's also no uncomfortable hunting for gears like it seems to do what you would in a manual it just selects the gear. It feels is better for those conditions and speeds, and it sticks to it until the conditions or the speed change. Of course, the computer knows the torque curve, so the gearbox makes the best use of the available torque. At all times. There are four driving modes called normal eco sport and smart in everyday driving. I actually like sport, the most it's by no means sporty, so it just makes the steering wheel a bit heavier and the throttle response more immediate, which i like. Yes, it does hold the gears for longer, but not too long, and you can also shift up using paddle shifters if need be. There is some corner sway, but it's not too intrusive, especially if you don't, throw it around corners honestly, i'm, not sure why anyone would do it in a vehicle such as this one, as it gives no joy whatsoever in terms of comfort, it's, just perfect local suspension Tune does a great job and the long wheelbase and the weight really make the carnival a very comfortable people mover step inside, and it just feels great it's, spacious, practical, but also elegant.
This initial model, due to some issues related to the coronavirus predicament in victoria doesn't, have a digital instrument cluster, but it will be an option for this vehicle soon. This means you don't get to hear once again how much i love that hyundai kia genesis blind spot camera feed that we always harp on about what you do get. Is this 12.3 inch infotainment touchscreen, which is standard for all the trims except the base, one which gets an eight inch screen that's a pretty large difference. Strangely, that entry level version gets wireless apple, carplay and android auto. While this larger one needs a cable to get connected in terms of the overall look, it feels nice and clean, pretty elegant and with these tilted air con controls, the central console is wide with large cup holders. Oh and you also get a normal gear selector, although the top trim does get a rotating gear selector, you know what we're getting pretty used to those materials are pretty good as well. There'S, wood and leather touch points are soft and accommodating, and it all feels pretty well put together getting into the rear is pretty easy and, like most of the people movers these days, the carnival has sliding rear doors. A nice feature in that respect is you, can open and close rear doors and the boot by using your key fob, just hold these buttons for the doors and this one on the side of the key fob for the boot.
If all your huge family is coming to the car at the same time, just hold the unlock button and it will open the rear doors and boot. What makes this even easier is you don't need the key to start the car, so you can actually just keep it in your vehicle as a remote control for your rear doors and boot. Oh, and it also has remote engine start so that's great for cold mornings. Getting into the back is very easy. The opening is huge and there's more than enough space in the second row once inside, you can close the door yourself by pressing this button on the b pillar, but this function can also be turned off by the driver. In case you have kids in the back who like to press buttons, you can fit three people in the second row with pretty good comfort, knee room and head room are awesome and you can also slide and recline the seats in the second row. The center seat. Also has isofix and the backrest can fold to serve as an armrest and additional storage space. With this tray and cup and phone holder, it can also be removed completely giving you even better access to the third row. You can also turn this seat to face backwards, but our law doesn't allow kids to be driven this way, so i suppose it's for some other markets. The carnival also has the familiar safe exit assistant, which prevents opening the doors if the car detects an oncoming vehicle that you haven't seen other features we've recently seen in the large hyundai power state, suv that we reviewed are the passenger, talk and quiet modes.
So the first one lets you use the built in microphone at the front to talk to the far rear passengers and the second one turns off the rear speakers allowing you to enjoy music without waking up the kids in the back. Speaking of the far rear, let's have a look at the third row. Now, if you have the middle second row seat in place, you get to the third row by tilting and sliding the second row side seats. The space is pretty wide good enough for adults and more than enough for kids, you also get iso fix points there. As for the space there's, a pretty nice sliding range for the second row, so you can tailor leg room for all the seats in the rear, but even with the second row being very accommodating there's, a good amount of space in the far back. There are three seats here, although the middle one is not as large as the one in the second row, but you get charging points, you get air vents cup holders, storage spaces. You can actually drive eight adults in the carnival. Should there be need – and seven adults in the carnival would feel very comfortable now they're real far back let's take a look at the boot. According to the vda standard, you get 627 litres of space with all the seats up. That is pretty good. So how did they get this similar to the odyssey? Actually so the third row folds into the boot behind the third row seat.
So when these are up, you actually get loads of empty space deep in the boot. This is something you won't find in a seven seat, suv as they'll either have more ground clearance or an all wheel, drive option, both of which would eat into the depth of the boot. Just keep in mind if you want to fill this space with luggage. Some of it will have to go on top of one another fold, the third row and you get 2785 litres with the same measuring standard. That is massive and it still gives you the option to drive five adults. Lastly, with the boot floor so low, is there a spare tire? Yes, there is it's closer to the middle of the car and it's lowered through this thing under the carpet of the second row, and all this is not even scratching the surface of all the family friendly features such as numerous opening, locking and unlocking options that come From just having the key fob in your pocket electrically adjustable driver seat with memory, multi zone, climate control, with controls in the second row as well heated seats for the front and rear and vented seats for the front. Only heated steering wheel, those same door and boot. Opening functions from the key fob using these buttons on the right of the driver and, of course, charging points and storage spaces throughout the cabin you get it it's a family, friendly interior, although some of these features depend on the trim level in terms of safety, there Are of course, loads of the now common systems and safe exit assistant that i mentioned previously, but i also want to point out how cool park assist features.
Are you get parking sensors for the front and rear rear view, camera and a 360 degree camera, all of which combine for a number of views, including towing view that gives you a better view of the rear, as well as side view to help you see where The rear wheels are up close it's, also great, that the quality is pretty good and that we experience no lag whatsoever over the week of using it. Other safety features include abs, electronic stability control, traction control, heel, start assist, multi collision, braking heaps of sensors and cameras. Blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert lane keep assist, lane change, assist lane departure, warning smart cruise control, autonomous emergency braking and more. If you're buying a vehicle to drive a large family, you do not need an suv. What you need is the new kia carnival. You get a very versatile interior loads of safety and comfort features: smart adaptive, seating configuration boot, space, that's, amazing and fuel consumption that will hardly be matched by any similarly sized suv. In fact, with ground clearance of 172 millimeters, you even get a slightly elevated driving position. However, if i was to buy the carnival i'd be tempted to wait for a short, while the reason for this is that lack of the digital cluster that i already mentioned, hold your horses it's, not just the cluster. You see that particular thing happened, because a lot of the testing and setup is done in victoria and with all of the lockdowns that victoria's experienced in these last few months, then a few things got delayed, so the instrument cluster will apparently be coming soon.
Other things that were held back for the same reason include an aussie, specific steering setup and, for some odd reason, automatic wipers, not sure how lockdowns affect wipers but whatever. While none of these things is a major reason to not buy the carnival, i don't think they'd make it a lot more expensive. So why not have them as an option, but still if you need a vehicle such as this one and you can live without those last three mentioned features and be content with the plethora of features already available, then there is absolutely no reason to look past. The carnival, it simply ticks all the right boxes with remarkable ease thanks for watching cartel tv.