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14.08.2018 - 05:38

Kia Carnival Review - autoX

The Indian SUV/MUV market has, without doubt, been dominated by the Toyota Innova for more than a decade now

Read our Kia Carnival first drive review below to find out more…


The Indian SUV/MUV market has, without doubt, been dominated by the Toyota Innova for more than a decade now. From being the preferred large car choice of cab aggregators all over the country to being the reliable family carrier for thousands of households, the Innova has won the hearts of all its users alike, thanks to its robust build quality, fuss-free maintenance and Toyota’s renowned reliability.


Now though, as the average car spending is on a steady rise and modern Indian car buyers willing to shell out a lot more money on bigger cars and equally bigger brands, it’s time that the large car segment got a premium competitor to dethrone the likes of the Innova from their long-coveted leading positions. Well, Kia seems to have found an entry point into this segment with its huge 7-seater MUV, the Carnival.


As per first impressions, the Carnival is certainly more van-like than an SUV. While it offers three rows of seats and a large boot too, the dimensions are certainly bound to be more MUV-like. However, it’s only when you drive the Carnival that your perception about its odd size changes. It feels no bigger than any large SUV currently available in the country and its 2.2-litre 4-cylinder diesel motor generates a healthy power output of 197 bhp to give it a power-packed drive. Put your foot down and the car accelerates in a linear manner with the power available right till the end of the rev-range.


While its driving dynamics are an eye-opener, it’s the interiors where the Carnival impresses the most. As it is a front-wheel-drive configuration, there is ample space available throughout the cabin to play around with and Kia designers have done an impeccable job to utilize all this space in the best possible manner. To give you an idea of just how good the designing is, our 6-feet 3-inch tall colleague could easily sit in the third row with utmost comfort.


While we have learned that Korean brands offer top-of-the-line build quality and reliability with their cars, thanks to our long association with brands like Hyundai, Kia is bound to score well here as well. Besides, the Carnival is also loaded to the gills with features like three-zone climate control system with HVAC controls for second-row occupants, electric sliding rear doors, sliding second row seats, a conversation mirror for the driver, electrochromic rear-view mirror, auto defogging system, automatic headlamps, split screen infotainment system, electrically adjustable driver’s seat and leather upholstery.


So, the only variable in the Carnival’s fate here will be its pricing (if at all Kia launch this mammoth in India). However, it would be unfair to keep its price expectations close to that of the Innova, not only because it offers much more in terms of its engine and features but also because the Carnival is simply a player of a higher, more premium segment than the Innova. Thus, it will certainly demand a premium price tag.


On the whole, the Carnival is more than capable of becoming a favourite among Indian car buyers with large families and it just might start a whole new premium MUV segment here. Let’s hope that Kia considers it for India as we would definitely love to see it on our roads! 


Do watch out for our in-depth Kia Carnival review to find out more.


For more car reviews and information on new upcoming cars in India, visit the autoX website. 


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