PLATINUM - Wouldnt Go Any Other Model For This Year.
We test drived the Kia Carnival Platinum May 2020 and walked out signing contract.... Car is amazing for Size inside family of 6. 16 year, 13 year, 10 year and 5 year. Plenty boot space with all seats up. Love the heated seats and the climate control.
Platinum has 19inch wheels so very expensive per tyre - compared to Toyota Avensis I previously has.
Service is a joke, every time I go into a service you need a new tyre and we recommend you get 2 at a time with a wheel alignment
Petrol states 11L/100 city driving however mine sits a...
Purchased in May 2020 at Wayne Phillis Automotive for $60,000.00.
Family mover, Doggies too!
We bought this 3 yrs ago and it has been a dream to drive. The seat and steering wheel warmer has been delightful on the cold winter mornings. A seat setting for me and one for hubby means I don't break my back trying to slide a heavy seat forward anymore. Dogs find it a good height to jump in and out of and grandkids with the side step. The auto brake is one annoying feature and battery has died since purchase. I think the power options i.e. side doors, boot etc, without the engine on drains it.
Purchased in September 2019.
You won't be disappointed!
We have the Platinum and has everything, cross-traffic alert, blind-spot alert, 360-view camera, power sliding and power tailgate, heated seats and heated steering wheel and programmable driver-seat position. We are upgrading soon to the newer 2021 model only because the 7-year warranty will be ending next year. They are huge inside, and easily fits our large family of six.
Only issue we ever had was the main navigation system failing, but that was replaced under warranty.
The platinum is definitely worth the money. Fuel economy in the pet...rol is acceptable considering the size of the thing. The diesel models are a big sluggish, as we originally test drove the diesel, and you have to carry gloves when filling with diesel, so happy we got the petrol model and it's also a bit cheaper new.
Purchased in November 2015 at Kia Dealers for $65,000.00.
Fit for purpose
Daily driver for all family activities; serviced at home; we fitted a tow bar and trailer braking kit to tow our jayco swan and box trailer.
We bought the basic 2017 ‘S’ model diesel for our family of 6 (no fancy automated doors / boot). We normally have the centre row middle seat removed so the kids can just walk into the back. The diesel is economical, I can get 8l/100km towing 750kg carrying 6 passengers. As expected it doesn’t tow well on steep gravel surfaces, however the traction control is surprisingly good and got us out of trouble towing off road.
Heaps of space in the boot for luggage and camping trips.
Purchased in January 2018 for $29,000.00.
Kia carnival crash
We were in a serious accident with our 2015 SLi Kia Carnival. A fatigued driver of a semi trailer crashed into us on the highway and we then hit a tree. My wife was 36 weeks pregnant at the time. The stuff of nightmares.
We hit the tree in the side and middle of the vehicle traveling around 100km per hour as our vehicle lost control after the truck collided with it. We sort of 'horse shoed' bounced off the tree and it slowed us down and then we ran into a ditch in the medium strip and came to a sudden jolt stop.
The curtain airbags and crum...ble zones were excellent. They all went off. Safety glass was shattered all over us and there was a smoky gas from the airbags as we came to and evaluated our condition. My wife and I escaped the accident without any broken bones and just had cuts, bruising, whiplash. Praise God the baby was delivered 100% safely 4 weeks later with no damage. The vehicle has excellent impact absorption and the curtain airbags saved us. The vehicle did not roll and remained upright.
Purchased in April 2016 for $35,000.00.
Absolute piece of junk!
2016 GDI model. Owned since new. Problems so far: Horn stopped working, entertainment screen needed replacing, left blinker gets stuck and won’t turn on, electric sliding door won’t lock and shows an error, wiper reservoir leaks causing the reservoir empty error to show & now the bonnet won’t open! The cable has either snapped or come loose. Avoid this car and Kia like the plague. $50k for a piece of junk!
Purchased in December 2016.
Drives ok, comfort is terrible
We have a current model carnival we use for work. Drives quite nice but the seats are an abject failure. I can't sit in this car for longer than about 30 minutes before the loss of circulation in my legs and butt causes a high level of discomfort. Just to be clear I'm about 170cm, fit and not overweight, and have no physical issues which might contribute to the discomfort. I am perfectly comfortable in the two cars I use personally, a Toyota Aurion and Honda jazz. They are far more comfortable and ergonomically designed than this abysmal failur...e. To be specific, the seats are too low, too soft, tilted low at the rear, high at the front and can't be adjusted/tilted to improve the angles. They also lack lumbar support and cause you to slouch. Don't be fooled by the apparent comfort when you first sit in them, you really need to take it for a decent drive with passengers in the front and rear to appreciate how uncomfortable it is. To get the idea, imagine the angle of your legs if you were sitting in a car seat on your lounge room floor (slight exaggeration for effect) - you can't do it for long before the circulation in your legs decreases. To top it off the headrests are unable to be adjusted far enough back for a comfortable head position. I find it hard to comprehend how a modern, current model family wagon has such a fatal design flaw. Would not go near this car for a family.
Great space while it lasted
Kia Carnival SLI diesel. A daily driver that my wife and 4 kids loved. Great space and cheap to run. A little rough idle when cold. Serviced exclusively by Kia who provided good service. Unfortunately 3rd year electric sliding door failed. 4th year wiper washer water bottle cracked, multimedia display failed, rear electric struts for hatch sagged and finally brakes failed - likely master cylinder failure or ABS module. All faults covered by warranty however each repair was a month each. I had enough and traded the car with brakes failed for a Toyota. My wife cried as she lost her nice bus. A husband can only be so patient.
My advice for Kia - a good reputation takes years to build but only minutes to destroy.
Purchased in March 2016.
Great car if it would steer straight
Purchased my new carnival platinum May 2019 four wheel alignments later it still won’t steer straight. Just wanders off to the left constantly and I’m driving with the steering wheel right hand down .
It’s off putting and dangerous!
Purchased in May 2019 at Kia Dealers for $59,000.00.
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.
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 $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.
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.
Purchased in May 2017 at Kia Dealers.
Questions & Answers
We have a 2008 grand Kia carnival, we have just had the immobiliser replaced and have now been told that the cars computer needs replacing at a cost of $4000, has anyone had this problem to deal with. Not sure to get it fixed or look at another car
When driving my 2010 Diesel Grand Carnival at 100km an hour my car kept shutting down. It would just turn off and I'd have to let it coast off the road, stop it, turn it off and restart it. Anyone have any idea why this is happening suddenly?
has anyone actually had any success after an engine rebuild our POS kia 2012 started blowing smoke at 81000kms and well has done nearly 17000 smoking everytime its starts (embarssing yep people the car I spent too much on near new) but since I was advised it would die which it hasn't like a cockroach that just won't give up needs the valve stem seals done but no one wants to do the job at as its a total crap show to do we are now in talks of an engine rebuild makes sure all the issues are good as how can they guarantee a second hand engine won't do the same but the rebuild starts at $4000 new engine was quoted $7000 installed probably cheaper than a new car but will I still be stuck with a POS
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|Category||People Movers||People Movers||People Movers||People Movers|
|Wheels||18" Alloy||18" Alloy||17" Alloy||19" Black Alloy|
|Fuel Consumption||7.8 L/100km||7.8 L/100km||7.8 L/100km||7.8 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||72 L||72 L||72 L||72 L|
|Engine||SmartStream In-line 4 cyl. E-VGT CRDi 16 valve||SmartStream In-line 4 cyl. E-VGT CRDi 16 valve||SmartStream In-line 4 cyl. E-VGT CRDi 16 valve||SmartStream In-line 4 cyl. E-VGT CRDi 16 valve|
|Max Power||148kW @ 3800rpm||148kW @ 3800rpm||148kW @ 3800rpm||148kW @ 3800rpm|
|Max Torque||440Nm @ 1750-2750rpm||440Nm @ 1750-2750rpm||440Nm @ 1750-2750rpm||440Nm @ 1750-2750rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||South Korea||South Korea||South Korea||South Korea|
|Manufacturer Warranty||7 year(s)||7 year(s)||7 year(s)||7 year(s)|
|Release date||Oct 2020||Oct 2020||Oct 2020||Oct 2020|
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