Kia Carnival and Grand Carnival: 1999-2015
Ewan Kennedy evaluates the first and second generation Kia Carnival and Grand Carnival as used purchases.
Kia Carnival is a Korean seven or eight-seat man that has been sold in Australia since September 1999. Good price and strong construction, it has become a big seller in class for years. Old models are starting for many years, so we recommend you buy one from the new series since January 2006 because it’s significantly better than the model it replaces.
Despite the low price, even entry-level Kia Carnival models often have features like dual climate control air conditioners, central locking, good sound systems, adjustable roof racks and windows. Front power.
Carnival has clearly been built down to a price. It improved noticeably as many years passed. Quality is generally good in the body but inside appointments can be a disappointment in the old variant.
Large Carnival has good passenger legroom for seven adults, although four adults and three children are a more realistic load. It has a decent luggage compartment, although the rear space is quite limited if the car is set up with child seats.
A major renovation of Carnival in late 2001 saw modified seating arrangements, and the rear door was expanded to improve access to the luggage area. At the same time, the front design becomes more common and less Korean.
A completely new model called Kia Grand Carnival appeared in November 2006. Originally sold only in long wheelbase format, it was marketed along with the existing model. That changed in February 2007 when the Grand standard wheelbase appeared.
Carnival has the advantage of being equipped with a six-cylinder engine in the market segment where the four-cylinder units are much more popular.
There is a lot of space inside the Great Festival LWB, with seating for eight adults, two front seats; three in the second row, each in their own bucket seats; and three more in the rear bench. All seats have good legroom and are quite wide.
The latest model of Kia Carnival, from January 2015 is almost an eight-seat car, not an old-fashioned car. It is still relatively rare in the used car market, but if your budget is under stress, it is worth hunting.
Carnival has the advantage of being equipped with a six-cylinder engine in the market segment where the four-cylinder units are much more popular. The original model has a 2.5 liter V6 engine. The engine is smooth and refined but doesn’t have a great power because it’s relatively small for a car of this size. If you will carry a large number of people and live in a hilly area, it may be worthwhile to test the performance of your own engine.
The engine size was up to 2.7 liters in August 2006 and this engine is the target to target if your budget depends on it.
Kia Grand Carnival, sold from January 2006, has a 3.8 liter V8 engine. It clearly delivers slightly higher performance than smaller units. The all-new Carnival 2015 has a completely modern 3.3-liter petrol engine. It is also provided with a large 2.2-liter turbo-diesel engine. Automatic transmissions are by far the most popular in Kia Carnival, but there is also a five-speed manual provided in some old variants. The second type is not all that is popular in the used car market and it may be difficult to resell the track.
Comfortable interiors are generally good on good to moderate roads, but can be degraded if the road is bumpy. A bit of tire noise entered the cabin on some surfaces, especially concrete highways. Grand Carnival is much better than the first cars in this respect. But these are cheap vehicles so don’t expect miracles in NVH.
Handling is on the normal side. Carnival likes to understeer if you go anything more than a modest pace. The Grand is significantly better as a completely new model from 2015.
Kia has an increasing number of agents in Australia, although they tend to be concentrated in large population centers, both in the capital cities and in the country’s cities.
We have heard no real complaints about the availability of parts and spare parts are generally reasonable.
Carnival is not too hard to work with, most of its main mechanical components are relatively accessible. However, we recommend that only those who know what they are doing should work on the vehicle. Never deal with safety related areas unless you are an expert.