Great design, poor quality execution, and even poorer warranty execution
Recently purchased a Kia Carnival YP MY19 Si Diesel based on good reviews and limited choice in people movers. Was initially impressed with the design, ride and features of the car; however, did notice that build quality was not very good with misaligned parts, plastic wrapping on parts not having been properly removed, and lower quality plastics. Within 3 months of purchase, the sliding passenger door and lifting seat to access third row seats began to jam, and the car started to lose power frequently. Took the car to the local Kia Service ...Centre on number of separate visits. The door was apparently ‘adjusted’, a part replaced for the power loss issue, and the seat ‘adjusted’. Was charged for the seat ‘adjustment’, as apparently ‘adjustments‘ are not covered by warranty. However, technically the operation of the seats and doors are not subject to adjustments, and the jamming was due to poor quality assembly or parts. Now going through NSW Fair Trading and Small Claims Tribunal. The sliding door on the car is still jamming, and kids are unable to open the door. Also, fuel consumption around (country) town much higher than advertised being more like 10L/100km. Not happy.
Purchased in August 2019.
We have a 05 carnival and after paying out over $6000 to have the engine replaced after doing the heads, we are now looking to have it replaced again. Not worth the trouble or the money and kia motors are unwilling to help.
Purchased for A$6,000.00.
Good vehicle let down by Kia Australia & Wangara dealer
Before I get to the boring "car" stuff, I'd like to express my displeasure about @kiaaustralia (Kia Australia) & my purchase & servicing dealership in Wangara.
When I purchased the vehicle, it came with a promotion of FREE GPS MAP UPDATES for 3 years.
This offer was NEVER honoured by Kia Australia or the dealership.
Upon research, I found this to be a very common issue for Kia vehicles purchased Australia wide over a similar period as myself.
When I contacted Kia Australia, I was informed Kia Australia had changed provider for the map updates,...
Purchased in October 2016.
2017 model (4cyl diesel)
Seriously so impressed with this vehicle. All inclusions you could possibly need and more. The SLi is worth that extra for the automatic door features which are an absolute essential for quick school pickups, especially in poor conditions. Honestly, so unbelievably stoked with this vehicle.
+ Screen is large and reversing camera is so clear!
+ So many useful/thoughtful inclusions, like deep cupholders (everywhere) and roomy storage.
+ Can completely remove seats (we keep the middle seat out of the middle ...
Purchased in April 2019 for A$45,000.00.
Not living up to the U.S Senota model
I have taken possession of our new Kia Carnival Platinum model.
I must agree with all the items that Multi97 pointed out that should be standard fittings in the Australia model just as they are in the American Sedona.
I have discovered that not only are all these items not standard in the so called "Luxury" model, in the latest MY20 they have now deleted the handy flashlight out of the appointments as well.
Why would the importers of Kia in Australia call the Platinum the top of the line in the Carnival model, then not give it the same features...
Purchased in September 2019.
Avoid due to engine failure risk
I bought a second hand Kia through a private sale 9 months ago. It was a fairly urgent need or i might have looked for longer. It was an average drive for that time, and it always felt cheap as far as power and interior went. It's extremely large and Visibility wasn't great, I found myself almost bumping things when I've not had a ding, scratch or accident in any other car for 20 years. Three weeks ago, I had the car serviced, and drove it for two days before the engine seized for no apparent reason (it was not the mechanics fault - no warning ...lights or any sign of leaking oil etc). Now stuck with the choice of wrecking a $9000 car or buying a $5000 second hand engine. The warranty on these cars (covering engines) is only 5 years which is pathetic.
Purchased in December 2018.
Plenty of room
I do so much running around taking kids back and forth to after school sports training and games on the weekends. It has plenty of room and great for when I have the grandkids too who are both in child restraints. So far we have had no problems with it and fingers crossed it stays that way.
Purchased in April 2016.
Great car but safety risks
Have hired Kia Carnivals and we also have to Fleet Vehicles at work.
Great vehicle and amazing performance however twice I have gotten out of the van (two different vans) and when I went to get back in it locked me out requiring RACQ having to come and unlock it.
Both times the key was in the ignition and both times the van was still running.
One was late at night and the other had my child still in the back seat!!! Luckily it was running with the aircon on.
There must be a glitch or something because I couldn’t replicate it even after trying different scenarios!?
Shouldn’t lock with key in or car on but it does at times.
Don't do it!!
Ours started blowing smoke on start up at 81000 kms!!! The mechanic has said he has had 3 others in the last 3 months since seeing ours with the same issue we have been quoted $7000 to fix it! It has countless things fixed cosmetically when it was under warranty . The car Lay out is perfect and has the right amount of car seat bolts, fantastic airconditioning, boot space all that jaz but just don't do it biggest waste of money I spoke to the guy who replaces motors locally and he said he replaced a motor in a 2016 so they obviously haven't fixed the issue ours is a 2012
Purchased in March 2015.
Car engine exploded, leaving the family dangerously stranded on the side of the road, after the warranty period, a defect which, according to wikipedia, was known by Kia when they chose to distribute this vehicle in Australia. Worst-in-class turn, engine problems, etc .. if you're looking at picking up one of these garbage-cans-with-wheels second hand from someone .... be very very very very careful. Think twice, thrice, then think again, OK ?
Purchased in January 2008.
Kia needs to stand by it product
We have a newer 2017 Kia with all the bells and whistles,
We have loved driving it however one day it blow up!! It showed no signs - it had done 67,000 on the clock and we had missed some servicing. Kia rejected the 'good faith' service claim and quoted us $27,000 in repairs. We ended up putting a second hand motor instead but would never buy one again. Advice to all get it serviced on time as it will give you no warning and cost you lots!!
Purchased in April 2017.
Engine broken already.
Our car was a great size for our family and we do above average k's. At the end of 2018 the car started blowing smoke. I was told I needed to replace the head gasket and this would not be done under warrantee as I did not have full service records. I went to an engine repair specialist who told me he wouldn't touch it after doing one recently and having trouble with threading and the torque bolts. I went to a KIA dealership to repair it. When putting the engine back together they have threaded it and told me I need to replace the engine. This car is a lemon.
Perfect family car.
Bought the Kia carnival upgraded from a Mazda CX-9 perfect as a family car, drove from Campbelltown NSW to Redbank Plains in QLD on one tank of diesel no fuel stops. Very spacious Inside & boot in huge, only improvement recommended is to put the push start button towards the right side not left side
We test drove Kia Carnival Platinum 2018 with a 2.2 turbo diesel engine and all the bells and whistles.
I was disappointed as soon as I entered the cabin. Firstly, it didn’t scream “luxury” to me. At all. Everything I touched inside Carnival Platinum such as plastics, trims, knobs, etc. Leather was too smelly and looked cheap as well.
Secondly, there was no recliner chairs with leg rests, no drop down DVD in the middle row…and no floor mats at all, let alone high quality tailored ones that should come as standard on a “Premium” car.
Really meets your family needs.
I brought my Kia Carnival in 2015 and have never looked back. It is roomy, comfortable and is good to drive on most road conditions. It performs like a smaller luxury car, it has a good turning circle, it is not noisy and handles well. The dash and controls are well positioned for the driver, although a radio mute control would be handy on the steering wheel. The cruise control works well but will pick up speed on a steep downhill grade. It is very reliable, a bit heavy on fuel consumption but it is a large vehicle. It has plenty of leg room for the driver and all the passengers. You will have to get used to the foot (hand)brake. It is an excellent vehicle to have modified for wheelchair passengers.
- Carnival YP (2015-Present)
- Verified purchase
Great car, but missing some "1st world" options
All the car reviews on the internet basically provides enough information about the car... so I'm just going to aim for things that unless you own the vehicle, you wouldn't know... it's also the stuff you may miss if you are moving for an Old School brand's "top of the range" car.
So if you are moving for a Toyota or a Honda, or a Nissan, or a VW, and plan to buy the Carnival Platinum, you might be missing the following 1st world issue items when you move from one brands "top of the range" to KIA's...
This is based on the MY19 MODEL Platin...um, but is applicable to the YP designation model. 1. Auto Windscreen Wipers - Does not have this. The Australian model has taken this out. 2. Rear Entertainment unit - Does not have this at all. 3. Moonroof/Sunroof - Does not have this at all 4. Tyre monitoring system - Does not have this at all. 5. Rear Autonomous braking (though only the high end brands and Mazda has this at the moment)
- Carnival YP (2015-Present)
- Verified purchase
space and comfort with the 2018 KIA carnival
Forget SUV's unless you are hitting the trails. our new platinum Carnival has unbelievable space - the seating folding and split options mean we have even used it to transport a motorbike and a go kart!
heated and cooled luxury leather seats - even a heated steering wheel!
we love the electric doors and back door - so practical, and the 360 cameras make parking a breeze. the diesel has effortless power, and i love the look of the 19 inch bling chrome wheels.
the 7 year warranty is insane! (beat that everyone!)
we have only got 2 kids, and it means we can head out for the day with friends on board to enjoy the trip together!
A truly fantastic land yacht.
What can I say, It has almost everything. I will try to run through as much as I can in a logical and easy to navigate manner. Lots of info coming.
Overall recommendation - FANTASTIC - GET IT!
Recommendations - If you are likely to be parking it in tight spaces get the 360 cameras - they are too useful. Auto tailgate and sliding doors are AMAZING for shopping. It's a revelation. Realise it is a big car but it will spoil you.
Our purpose - We need a big car for our big dogs.
Alternatives - Everyone says SUVs are the way to g...o but I had tried 21 different cars; the next best SUVs were subaru outback and nissan xtrail and obviously the nearest vans were Honda Odyssey (electric doors) and Hyundai Imax (manual doors). The nicest were Merc C Class Wagons but they were too low in height for our dogs. Merc Vito was big but missing so many options unless you want to pay around $100K. Another option we considered was to get two Honda Jazz's (we have one) but the downside is needing two drivers - but this offers more flexibility at times.
We appreciate this car everyday
I was cautious about buying a Kia and didnt want to part with my subaru but this has been one of the best decisions to date.
People comment and say its like riding in an aeroplane as the seats are roomy with lots of legroom.
Driving is a luxury experience and the side mirrors and seat adjustments make it very comfortable.
Getting in and out of the back to buckle up kids has never been easier, ive changed kids in the back, changes nappies, transported furniture and travelled with 7 passengers with comfort with 1 spare seat.
A very Good people mover grand carnival.
*Very comfortable, easy to drive, very responsive
Very roomy interior good legroom ,even for 3rd row.
Very reliable and running cost 700 km per tank
Heaps of storage in back
Seats 8 people comfortably
Have to be careful of automatic doors not to force open manuallt as this disrupt the sequence
Camera helps but hard to see to side rear of vehicle when reversing ...large blind spot. Also blind spot on front passenger side. You need to double check.
Overall a very good people mover
Questions & Answers
Does Kia Carnival has catalsyt in build?
How much would it cost to replace oil pump in 2005 kia carnival
My 05 Kia was working fine than I put degresser on the motor and a bucket of water over it. Bt problem is now the damn thing won't fire. It cranks over bt wont fire.
Checked all the fuse none are blown. Any ideas pls would help me out alot.
Depends on the engine type.
In general, water may be stopping the proper spark from occurring.
Water & electronics don't mix.
If it's a petrol engine, remove each spark plug cap, at each end on the lead, one at a time, and use CRC or RP7 to spray inside the plug cap before putting it back. Don't allow excess fluid to sit in the cap.
Then, using the CRC/RP7, spray any other exposed electrical connection that may have collected water.
By now, the engine may have already dried off & started working.
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