Kia Carnival Overview: The MUV Upstart

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The Indian Auto Industry is filled with not only a diverse range of car manufacturers but also a diverse range of car segments and segment leaders. From hatchbacks to SUVs, every car manufacturer has their best offering in place. If there is one segment which is being dominated by a lone wolf, it is the MUV or Multi-Purpose Vehicle Segment. For years, the Toyota Innova, and now the Innova Crysta, has single-handedly ruled the MUV segment, putting down all its potential competitors.

But there is one company that has done its homework quite well and has launched a MUV that is bigger, more feature-loaded and more powerful than the Toyota Innova Crysta. Yes, we are talking about the Kia Carnival, Kia’s second Indian lineup that aims to target buyers that are looking to buy a luxurious and feature-loaded MUV. The Kia Carnival brings a whole new segment of MUV that sits above the Innova Crysta, offering a different experience altogether. In this article, we will look at what makes the Carnival, a class-apart MUV ready to woo the Indian customers.

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Exteriors and Styling

Exteriors and Styling

Everything about the Kia Carnival is different and refreshing. In terms of exteriors, the first thing you’ll probably notice is its large dimensions. The Carnival measures 5,115mm long, 1,985mm wide and 1,755mm tall, making it a MUV very different from the Crysta. What’s more, is its elegant and stylish design, beautifully complemented with LED Headlamps and LED Ice Cube Fog Lamps. The Carnival also comes with Kia’s signature Tiger Nose Grille and carved bonnet lines giving the vehicle a young and premium look. Overall, the well-proportionate front fascia and the intelligently integrated chrome garnishing, makes the Carnival an impressive vehicle.

The main highlight of Kia’s intelligent designing is its lengthy side profile which is designed to look incredibly smart and poised. The side profile boasts a electronic sliding door system and 18-inch alloys, while the back profile offers a conventional look with wraparound LED tail lamps. Interestingly, The Kia Carnival’s C and D-pillars have been blackened which is a worthy contribution to its looks. The MUV also features a roof-integrated spoiler with LED stop-light and a large skid plate at the bottom of the bumper. The sheer size and smart design of the Kia Carnival surely make it a head-turner.

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Interior Styling and Features Onboard

Interior Styling and Features Onboard

MUVs are known to offer spacious and roomy interiors, and the Kia Carnival is no exception. But what makes the Carnival a class apart, is the fact that it is offered not only as a 7 seater but also as an 8 and 9 seater. Once inside the Carnival, space issues wouldn’t be a problem anymore. The Carnival comes with a 2+2+3 seating design in the 7-seater variant, a 2+3+3 design in the 8 seater variant and for the first time in the Indian market, a 2+2+2+3 seating design for the 9-seater variant. 

As soon as you enter the Carnival via the one-touch electronic doors, the overall fit and finish of the dash are sure to leave a lasting impression. The padded finish on the dashboard topped with subtle chrome details is what makes the Carnival a true Korean beauty. The driver’s seat is electrically adjustable, providing a commanding view of the road ahead. Since the Carnival is quite wide and spacious, there is an ample amount of space between the driver and the co-passenger. The 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system on the dash provides access to everything ranging from radio to vehicle telematics and climate control. Further equipped with features like steering mounted controls, wireless charging, cruise control and one-touch entry for the rear doors, the Kia Carnival is a synonym for sheer luxury.

Coming to the middle row, the all-new Kia Carnival offers premium Nappa-leather upholstery with seats that can not only recline but also move in four directions, making it a country-first feature only found in the Kia Carnival. The middle row seats also come with a leg extension option that can convert them into a flatbed for a comfortable drive. The top-end variant of the Carnival also offers a dual 10-inch entertainment system at the rear along with a smart air purifier that emits clean air and fragrance in the cabin. What’s more, is an inclusion of a 220V 2-pin plug point making it possible to connect other heavy-duty devices while travelling inside the Kia Carnival. 

Interior Styling and Features Onboard

Finally coming to the last row, the legroom and headroom offered on the Kia Carnival is much better than any other MUV presently offered in the market. The seats can truly accommodate three people with ease and come with individual headrests for increased comfort and convenience. The large glass area of the Carnivals rear design allows a lot of light into the third row while the sunshade, AC vents, cup holders and USB charging points make sure the ride is comfortable. In terms of space, the boot of the Kia Carnival offers a massive 540 litres with all the three rows up. For an even more impressive boot, the Carnival’s third row can be completely flattened to create a massive boot space of 2,759 litres!

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In terms of features, the Carnival is truly a feature-loaded package. Starting from the one-touch electronic door system to the Harman sourced 8 speaker set-up the Kia Carnival offers a plethora of segment-first features. What’s more is Kia’s signature UVO Connect system that offers 37 connected car features, 3-zone climate control and a dual sunroof. The overall package offered by Kia in the Kia Carnival is nothing short of perfection.

Performance and Safety

Performance and Safety

Globally offered since 2015, the Indian trim of the Kia Carnival is offered with a 2.2-litre 4 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, which is paired to an 8-speed torque converter automatic gearbox which is very well calibrated and offers a manual mode too.

The BS6 compliant turbo diesel engine is capable of producing 200PS of maximum power and 440Nm of maximum torque. Keeping in mind the Indian road scenarios, Kia motors have tweaked the suspension set-up of the Carnival to provide a comfortable ride quality. Despite being a sizeable vehicle, the Carnival feels planted even during triple-digit speeds. The refinement quality of the engine is commendable as negligible sound enters the cabin even while cruising at high speeds.

Trusting a vehicle to carry as many as 9 family members is no easy job. Therefore, the Carnival offers a plethora of safety features to provide a safer travelling experience. In terms of safety, the Kia Carnival gets 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, rollover mitigation, hill hold control, front and rear parking sensors along with a virtual safety tech operated using the UVO app. There is also an inclusion of an SOS button on the rearview mirror which when pushed elicits an immediate response from the Kia call centre. Much more than just luxury and looks, the Kia Carnival is a vehicle that promises the safety and comfort of all its passengers.

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The Final Verdict

The Final Verdict

The Kia Carnival is a vehicle that offers elegant looks, posh interiors and a powerful diesel engine. With its practical approach and class-leading features, the Kia Carnival has managed to establish itself as a segment-first MUV, giving intense competition to Toyota’s lone wolf, The Innova Crysta.

The Kia Carnival is a vehicle that excels as a MUV, and if you have a big family, the 9 seater Kia Carnival could be a perfect choice. Nonetheless, every variant of the Carnival offers a blend of practicality, luxury, comfort and safety. And with Kia’s impeccable customer support and service, the after-sales experience will be quite smooth. Thus, overall the Carnival presents itself as a vehicle capable of delivering a power-packed yet premium driving experience. 

Showroom Pricing and Variants

While there is no direct competition to the Kia Carnival, the only vehicle that can probably compete is the Innova Crysta. The Kia Carnival is established as a segment that sits above the Crysta as the Carnival is priced at Rs. 24.95 – 33.95 Lakh (Ex-Showroom Delhi). The Carnival is offered in 3 different colours and 5 different variants. 


The Kia Carnival is an MUV that offers a complete package of comfort and features for large Indian families. If you have been feeling restricted by your current 7 seater MUV, the Carnival offers an attractive upgrade. There’s no better way to upgrade to the Carnival than by selling your MUV to Spinny and bring home the new Kia. Selling your MUV to Spinny gives you the best value for your car as well as the convenience of selling from the comfort of your home. Visit Spinny and find out the best price you can sell your MUV for.

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