Kia Carnival Variants Comparison – Choose The Suitable Trim

Want to know which variant of Kia Carnival is the right fit for you? Read this comparison to know the most compatible variant as per your needs.

Kia has lately set foot in the Indian automotive industry and has been rapidly growing since then. Their first offering, Kia Seltos was a tremendous success for their company and helped them to strengthen their image. Along with it, they launched the Kia Carnival. This vehicle sits under the minivan category and has been introduced in the Indian market. It is a spacious vehicle and is a comfortable people mover, to say the least. The Indian car market does not have many options in the minivan category and the Carnival is probably the only vehicle in its class as of now, except the Toyota Vellfire. Both of these vehicles are famous worldwide and it’s about time that the minivan culture is adopted in India as well. If you are planning to buy the Kia Carnival, continue reading this comparison as we will help you in making an informed decision.

Engine Details

Kia Carnival Exterior Features

Variants Engine Transmission Power (bhp) Torque (Nm)
Premium 2.2-litre Diesel 8-Speed AT 197 440
Premium 8-str 2.2-litre Diesel 8-Speed AT 197 440
Prestige 2.2-litre Diesel 8-Speed AT 197 440
Prestige-9str 2.2-litre Diesel 8-Speed AT 197 440
Limousine 2.2-litre Diesel 8-Speed AT 197 440
Limousine Plus 2.2-litre Diesel 8-Speed AT 197 440

 

Kia Carnival comes with a single diesel engine that produces 197 bhp and a hefty 440 Nm of torque. The power figures for this vehicle are adequate when compared with the needs and wants of the Indian consumer. There is adequate power wherever required and the engine is very versatile, but works best on the highway. Due to its large dimensions, it might be a bit difficult to manoeuvre the vehicle in city traffic and park it in tight spots.

Price List

Variants Price (ex-showroom)
Premium Rs 24.95 Lakhs
Premium 8-str Rs 25.15 Lakhs
Prestige Rs 28.95 Lakhs
Prestige-9str Rs 29.95 Lakhs
Limousine Rs 33.95 Lakhs
Limousine Plus Rs 33.99 Lakhs

 

The price range for the Kia Carnival is pretty diverse with almost a difference of Rs. 10 Lakhs between the starting and top trim. It challenges some SUVs like the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and MG Gloster when it comes to the price and this might not work in its favour because the Indian population prefers SUVs over minivans. Kia should have thought about this aspect before setting an appropriate price bracket for the vehicle.

Safety Features

Kia Carnival Interior Features

Features Premium Premium 8-str Prestige Prestige 9-str Limousine Limousine Plus
ABS With EBD Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Brake Assist No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Airbags 2 2 6 6 6 6
Adjustable Seats Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tyre Pressure Monitor No No No No Yes Yes
Automatic Headlamps Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Electronic Stability Control No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rear Camera Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hill Assist No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hill Descent Control No No Yes Yes No No

 

From the above table, it becomes clear that there are ample safety features on offer for the Kia Carnival. The starting variants get sufficient features as well but only get 2 airbags. Moreover, it misses out on 360-degree camera which is essential in a vehicle of this size. Kia offers this feature in a vehicle which is smaller and sits in a lower segment and they should really rectify this in the coming facelift.

Comfort Improving Features

Features Premium Premium 8-str Prestige Prestige 9-str Limousine Limousine Plus
Power Boot No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Adjustable Steering Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Automatic Climate Control 3-zone 3-zone 3-zone 3-zone 3-zone 3-zone
Air Quality Control No No No No Yes Yes
Rear AC Vents Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cruise Control Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Parking Sensors Rear Rear Front and Rear Front and Rear Front and Rear Front and Rear
Hands-free Tailgate No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Push-button Start Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Glovebox Cooling Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Voice Control Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

 

There are plenty of comfort and convenience features inside the cabin of the Kia Carnival. All the trims get almost all the features with only a few missing here and there. This much can be ignored and is not at all a deal-breaker. Overall, a job well done by Kia on the comfort aspect and the car gives passengers a pleasant experience inside the cabin.

Interior and Communication

Kia Carnival Features

Features Premium Premium 8-str Prestige Prestige 9-str Limousine Limousine Plus
Leather Seats No No No No Yes Yes
Leather Steering Wheel No No No No Yes Yes
Leather Gear Selector No No No No Yes Yes
Electric Seats No No No No Yes Yes
Ventilated Seats No No No No Yes Yes
Height Adjustable Driver Seat Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wireless Charging No No No No Yes Yes
Touchscreen 8-inch 8-inch 8-inch 8-inch 8-inch 8-inch
Apple CarPlay Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Android Auto Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Speakers 6 6 6 6 8 8

 

It is clear from the above table that there are more than sufficient interior and connectivity features inside the Kia Carnival. However, the starting and middle variants miss out on a lot of kits and Kia could have included some of it in the middle variants at least. In this aspect, the top trims are equipped with all the bells and whistles and will give the plushest and premium experience sitting inside the vehicle.

Conclusion

Kia Carnival is a minivan that has been introduced in the Indian car market with little or no competition in this segment. Kia has solidified their image by launching the Seltos which was a huge success for them and now are keen to diversify their operations. From the above comparison, the most value for money variant is Prestige. It has all the required kits which would make the passengers feel comfortable. On the other hand, choosing the variant as per seating configurations depends upon the user and is solely a personal choice.

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