Team-BHP’s Kia Carnival Review is live!

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What you’ll like:

  • A truly luxurious MPV that’s also high on practicality
  • Top quality, spacious & comfortable interiors. 3rd-row is usable for adults too
  • Fantastic engine & gearbox combination! 2.2L diesel & 8-speed AT impress
  • Comfy ride quality & neutral road manners
  • Available in 7, 8 and 9-seater configurations
  • 540L boot space with all three rows up and 1,624L with the third row down
  • Impressive kit (2 sunroofs, premium Harman Kardon sound system, electric rear doors & more)
  • 5-star safety rating. Kit includes 6 airbags, ESP, HSA, CBC etc.

What you won’t:

  • Massive size can make it cumbersome in the city, while parking & in narrow lanes
  • Ordinary urban fuel economy due to the 2.2 ton weight, 197 BHP engine & AT gearbox
  • Underbody does scrape on bad roads & large speed bumps, especially with a full load
  • Top Limousine variant isn’t sold as an 8-seater & its 3rd row access is difficult
  • Steering is a level too firm at parking speeds & a level too light at 120 km/h
  • Some misses such as paddle shifters, a skinny spare tyre, no auto-wipers or front camera…
  • Model is now 5 years old in the international market; next-gen Carnival is being tested
  • Stylish 4×4 SUVs like the Fortuner / Endeavour / Kodiaq can be had at the same price

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