KIA Carnival Platinum 2.2L 2021 Review 

2021 Kia Carnival Road Test Review

Kia launched the fourth generation Carnival in January this year some 23 years after the first model came to Australia. The latest model showing sleek design and is packed with all the goodies to face the SUV challenge head on.

21 Kia Carnival grillThere are four models, the S, Si, SLI and Platinum, two engine options a 3.5LV6 Petrol and a 2.2L diesel and one silky smooth 8 speed automatic transmission.

Pricing is from $46,880 for the entry level S petrol through to and rise to $66,680 for the Platinum diesel version. Plus the usual costs

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My pick is the Platinum 2.2L diesel model, it has enough power and torque for most drivers and with the new architecture the Carnival is more SUV like than many actual SUVs.

It is far removed from the van with eight seats and the people movers of our youth.

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With more practical space than almost any SUV and a genuine eight seat capacity, If KIA ever decides to put their AWD system in the Carnival the SUV segment would be in trouble.

Kia Carnival is an excellent vehicle, it is easy to drive in a way that belies its size and just so comfortable and easy to live with.

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Im Rob Fraser

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What is good?

  • Value for money
  • Space and practicality
  • Surprisingly good dynamics

What is not so good?

  • Space saver spare
  • No wireless Apple Car Play and Android Auto on most models.
  • No Head up Display

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Model   

KIA Carnival Platinum 2.2l CDI    

Model Price $66,680 MLP*
Engine 2.2L 4 Cyl  Diesel
Drivetrain 8 Speed AT, FWD
Power 148kW @ 3,800rpm
Torque 440Nm @ 1,750-2,750rpm
Safety TBA ANCAP
CO2 Emissions 170 g/km
Economy ADR 6.5 L/100km
Servicing 12 Months / 15,000 km  Service Plan
Warranty 7yr/ Unlimited km with 7 Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP – Manufacturers List Price includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of any options.

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Overall Rating    

 

89/100

Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 9
Performance 9
Ride and Handling 9
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 9
Technology/Connectivity 9
Styling/ Appeal 8
Value for Money 9

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2021 KIA Carnival 2.2L Platinum
  • 9/10
    Behind the Wheel - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Comfort - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Equipment - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Performance - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Ride and Handling - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Practicality - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fit for Purpose - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Technology/Connectivity - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Styling/Appeal - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Value for Money - 9/10
8.9/10

Summary

With more practical space than almost any SUV and a genuine eight seat capacity, If KIA ever decides to put their AWD system in the Carnival the SUV segment would be in trouble.

Kia Carnival is an excellent vehicle, it is easy to drive in a way that belies its size and just so comfortable and easy to live with.

About Rob Fraser 1723 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.