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On July 08, 2020
Get the family moving in the Kia Carnival.


**View our Kia Carnival promo video here** 

For anyone that knows me, I’m a creature of habit on weekdays. If you were an apprentice assassin, you’d want me to be your mark. I take the same route day in, day out, I order the same coffee from the same coffee shop, munch on a cheese and bacon roll from the same bakery and tune into the same breakfast radio show on the way to work.

Not convinced? To make it really simple, I even park in the same parking spot to start this routine, but this week I took inspiration from Jason Bourne, changed it up, and instead of sitting in the driver’s seat of a sedan with all the go fast bits, I graduated to a people mover and rocked around in Kia’s YP Carnival S.

Now in a family of five with three offspring arguing about rear seat territory, it was refreshing not hearing the arguments over rear seat real estate. With provision for plenty of child seats, we opted to pop the “junior burgers” window side in the second row, leaving the teenager to do all her “Insta-Tocking” and “Tik-Gramming” (did I say that right?) all the way up the back in privacy.

The clever and simple to use tilt feature on the second-row seats also meant that access was free from rolling eyes and attitude, even with a booster seat secured in position. Even with all seats in row two and three at your disposal, there’s still plenty of room for luggage, 960 litres, and if that’s not enough, fold the third row seats flat to the floor for 2200 litres of luggage capacity (I may or may not have tested the Carnival’s “removalist” capabilities).

Our Carnival S was fitted with the 2.2 litre, Euro 5 compliant, 4-cylinder turbo diesel which produced 147kW and a very usable 440Nm of torque at 1750 – 2750rpm. After coming out of the impressively quick Stinger the week before, we were reminded why the Kia Carnival has won a number of accolades around its ability to haul the crew, rather than needing one to change the tyres, clean windscreens and top up the fuel ready for another lap around the racetrack.

Speaking of topping up the fuel, the Carnival’s fuel economy is impressive with an 80 litre fuel tank easily reaching the claimed 7.6l/100km (combined city and country). So if you’re planning a road trip, queue your playlist up to the Apple CarPlay/Android Auto blast it out of the 4 speaker sound system in the S, or JBL Premium 8 Speaker Sound system in the Si, SLi & Platinum models. Although with 10 cup holders, including toilet stops as places of interest on the Sat Nav (std in Si, SLi & Platinum) would be a must.

Smart Cruise Control ensures you keep to the speed limit, giving you one less thing to worry about. With plenty of active and passive safety systems to keep the driver company, there’s also dual zone climate control (front and read manual AC in the S or tri-zone control in the other models) to keep you cool, and let your passengers enjoy choosing their own temperature.

For family practicality alone, the Carnival gets a big tick from me. Beginning this month, Kia are offering some great bonuses for Q3 2020, so it’s a great time to get into a new Carnival. Call our friendly consultants or email us today to find out more or get a quote by using our Novated Lease Calculator.


Kia YP Carnival S Price and Specifications (as tested)

Price: From $45,690 (plus on-road costs)

Engine: 2.2-litre turbo diesel

Power: 147kW

Torque: 440Nm at 1750 – 2750rpm

Fuel use: 7.6l/100km (combined)

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Nick Kotsonis | Corporate Relations

T 03 8768 5777

E nickk@eziway.net.au

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