Kia Carnival Platinum 2022 Review

Is the Kia Carnival any good

Kia Carnival – Its been a year since we last drove the Kia Carnival so it was time to refresh our memory of how good this people mover is.

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We drove the Platinum version so it came with all the bells and whistles for comfort luxury and safety.

For a people mover it looks pretty dam good and much smaller on the outside than it actually is.

Inside the first impression is space. Its huge and well planned. Front seats are like lounge chairs with heating and ventilation, electric adjustments and for my ageing back additional lumbar support for the driver


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Middle row seats are excellent and can be slid forward or back. Third row seats are why you should buy this over a seven seat SUV. They have plenty of room for even taller teenagers and the fact they fold out of the floor provides cavernous luggage capacity even with 8 people on board.

Carnival drives like an SUV, which it essentially is sharing the platform with SUVs. Although there is both petrol and diesel engine options I would chose the 2.2L diesel with super smooth 8 SP AT every time. It provides more than response when needed and is economical as well.

Kia Carnival is priced from $51,690 through to $71,890 plus the usual costs

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What is good?

  • Drives like an SUV
  • Interior layout
  • Diesel economy

What is not so good?

  • Adaptive Cruise control function not selectable
  • No AWD version
  • Rear seats don’t fold flat

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People movers are a dying breed of vehicle. Often, mistakenly, replaced by seven seat SUVs, which don’t provide the same level of practical functionality. You could look at the Hyundai Staria people, VW Multivan, Toyota Granvia, Mazda CX-9, Mercedes Benz Vito or Hyundai Palisade

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More Carnival thoughts

  • This is my favourite people mover
  • No AWD version or Hybrid version. How good would this be to take to the snow with AWD
  • Safety features are particularly good
  • In typical Kia fashion its absolutely packed with little luxuries for the occupants
  • Kids love it
  • Sounds of nature is a cool feature
  • Internal layout is like a lounge room for the driver and passengers
  • The ability to slide the middle row of seats is a bonus
  • The fact that you have to remove the middle row seats to get a flat load area is a pain, but not sure how else they could do it
  • A reclining foot rest like the Granvia would be appreciated, (well we can but ask!)
  • Luggage capacity is awesome, especially with the third row seats in use, the well they come from is large enough for my bigger than the average bear frame to sit in. It literally swallows luggage
  • Even though the Carnival is well laid out and immensely practical its could use a freshen up in a few areas
    • Other models have the indicator camera in the dash dials, Carnival doesn’t yet
    • Wireless Apple CarPlay would be appreciated on variants other than the “S” model
  • Doesn’t have a full size spare wheel, but can be ordered with one as an option
  • Pick the diesel version every time. Its powerful enough, matches perfectly the mapping of the 8 Sp AT and drives like an SUV and is so economical considering the size.
  • Speaking of size, the designers have done and excellent job of making it look smaller than it actually is

2022 Platinum-wheels and tyres

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Carnival diesel engine

Kia Carnival

ModelPlatinum 2.2L
Model Price$71,890 RDAP
Engine2.2L 4Cyl Turbo Diesel
Drivetrain8 Sp Sports AT FWD
Power148kW @ 3,800rpm
Torque440Nm @ 1,750-2,750rpm
SafetyFive Star ANCAP (tested Jan 2021)
0-100kmh / Top SpeedTBA
CO2 Emissions170 g/km Euro 5
Economy ADR6.5L/100km / 72L capacity
Economy on test8.1L/100k
Servicing15Mth / 12000km Capped Price
Warranty7yr/ Unlimited km
Road side Assist7Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

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Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel9
Ride and Handling9
Fit for Purpose9
Styling / Appeal9
Value for Money9

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Overall Length5155mm
Wheels19×7.5 Alloy
Tyres235/55 R19
Max ground clearanceUp to 172mm
Wading DepthN/A
Departure angleN/A
Turning Circle KTK11.7m
Boot Capacity Min1139L
Boot capacity Max2461L
Kerb Weight2134kg
Payload (kg)742kg
GVM (kg)2876kg
Towing Capacity2000kg
Tow Ball rating200kg


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Kia Carnival – Its been a year since we last drove the Kia Carnival so it was time to refresh our memory of how good this people mover is.

Kia Carnival is priced from $51,690 through to $71,890 plus the usual costs

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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.