New Kia Carnival Review by a Hyundai Palisade Owner

by Vivaan Khatri | 03/10/2020
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Fourth-gen Kia Carnival is currently available on sale in some market. It is expected that the new-gen version of this MVP will be launched in our market in 2022.

Kia Carnival was launched in India market earlier this year after making its debut at the Auto Expo 2020. The MPV is the second offering from the South Korean carmaker in India. Known as the Kia Sedona in some countries, the Kia Carnival is now in its fourth generation in the international market. It is expected that Kia will soon bring the new-gen Carnival into the Indian market.

New Kia Carnival Review by a Hyundai Palisade Owner

Fourth-gen Kia Carnival is now available in the international market

While waiting for the fourth-gen Kia Carnival to enter our market, let’s see what international media outlets have to say about the new-gen global spec Carnival. Here is the newest review of the upcoming Kia Sedona (Carnival) from Asian Petrolhead.

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As for the exterior design, compared to the existing model, the new Carnival features a comprehensively upgraded design. One of the highlights of the new-gen Carnival is the extended length. The new MPV is 6.8 inches (approx. 172 mm) longer than the Hyundai Palisade SUV. Compared to the previous model, the new-gen MPV shows a growth of 55 mm in length. The new design of the Kia Carnival also illustrates a strong inspiration from other outgoing Kia SUVs.

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When entering the cabin of the upcoming MPV, the host notes that MPV offers a very comfortable space. For an MPV, the Kia Carnival surely ticks all boxes regarding space comfort. In reference to the Palisade SUV that he owns, the host points out that the new Carnival features not only a better interior space but also better interior features. The fourth-gen Kia Carnival gets a dual-screen layout comprising of a 12.25-inch touchscreen along with a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster. It seems that Kia has minimised the use of physical buttons on the new Carnival as a way to make the interior clutter-free and achieve the simplistic look. In addition to the cosmetic updates, the new model features a host of new features including blind-spot detection. Other highlights of the interior include lane keep assist, multiple driving modes, ventilated seats, adaptive cruise control and more.

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When it comes to the driving department, the host feels totally satisfied with how the new Carnival manoeuvres on road, especially with the handling when it tackles cornering. In the Korean market, the Kia Carnival is offering the MVP with two choices of engines, a 2.2-litre diesel and a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine. The one he is driving is powered by the 2.2-litre diesel. This engine is capable of generating 202 Bhp and 440 Nm. The diesel-powered Kia Carnival also comes with a better fuel mileage compared to its petrol counterparts. However, it is noted by the host that he would be happier if Kia can offer an all-wheel-drive system and hybrid powertrain on this diesel model as to fair better against the likes of Toyota Sienna which also comes with the all-wheel system.

It is expected that the fourth-gen Kia Carnival (Sedona) will enter our shore in 2022. At the moment, Kia is selling the Kia Carnival in our market at the price ranging from Rs 24.95 lakh to Rs 33.95 lakh. This MPV locks horn against the Toyota Innova Crysta.

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