KIA Carnival Minivan Rent in Dubai
First Unveiled at the 2016 MAI Malaysia Autoshow, the new Kia Grand Carnival MiniVan is the Korean brand’s latest offering for those looking for a luxurious people mover.
The KIA Carnival Minivan Rent in Dubai will be offered in four trim levels ranging from the value-oriented LX to the deluxe SX-Prestige, but it appears as though the EX represents the sweet spot between features and price. The EX trim comes with several convenience features that help to justify the cost of upgrading, including a power-operated rear liftgate, an in-cabin intercom, and a voice-control system that allows rear-seat passengers to provide commands to the Carnival’s infotainment system.
The makeover of Kia’s minivan is such a dramatic one that it even includes an all-new name: Carnival. The KIA Carnival Minivan Rent in Dubai replaces the aging Sedona in Kia’s lineup and its boxy SUV-like styling is no accident, as the Korean automaker aims to capitalize on the success of its critically-acclaimed and hot-selling Telluride SUV. Large wheels, crossover-like proportions, and signature daytime running lights that flow into the grille give the van an upscale-SUV vibe that reminds us of a Range Rover. All Carnival models are powered by a 290-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine with front-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. A host of driver-assistance features are offered as standard including automated emergency braking. Infotainment tech gets an upgrade as well with an optional dual-display setup with digital gauges and a navigation-equipped center touchscreen. The Carnival is a far more compelling minivan than the model it replaces, and it earned a coveted spot on our Editors’ Choice list this year.
The KIA Carnival Minivan Rent in Dubai is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 churning out a healthy 290 hp; an eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. All-wheel drive, unfortunately, is not on the menu, as the Carnival will be offered only as a front-wheel-drive model. The Pacifica has an optional plug-in-hybrid powertrain and the new-for-2021 Sienna comes only as a hybrid, but we don’t expect Kia to offer such a setup on the Carnival, at least not right away. Kia says the Carnival can tow up to 3500 pounds. During our initial test drive, we were impressed with the Carnival’s well-balanced ride and handling. It delivered a smooth ride when cruising and felt composed in corners. The refined V-6 engine provides sprightly acceleration and powered the Carnival to 60 mph in 7.0 seconds at our test track.
Standard equipment for both variants include 6 airbags, ABS, EBD, ESC, HAC, and ISOFIX child seat anchor points, Projector halogen headlights with LED DRLs, Front fog lights, LED rear tail lights, Rear fog light, All round tinted glass, Power folding , ide mirrors with LED turn signal, Shark fin type antenna, Supervision cluster 3.5″ TFT , LED dislay, 4.3″ infotainment system with rear view camera, 6 speakers, Manual air , onditioning, Fabric upholstery, Second row seats with 40:20:40 split folding, Third row seats with 50:50 split folding, Rear air vents for second and third row seats, Remote key, Manual sliding door, Gas-lift tailgate, Active Eco Function, Speed-sensing, auto door lock, Impact-sensing auto door unlock, and 18-inch Clear Silver alloy wheels.
The KIA Carnival Minivan Rent in Dubai dashboard and front-seat area are both more modern and accommodating than the outgoing Sedona’s. A large center console and an optional Mercedes-style dual-screen infotainment system with a digital gauge display are notable design changes. The upscale SX-Prestige trim comes with leather upholstery and reclining second-row seats with pop-up footrests. While these “VIP Seats” provide a relaxing way for passengers to wile away the hours on a long road trip, they unfortunately cannot be removed or stowed in the floor like in rival minivans, which limits the Carnival’s maximum cargo space. A panoramic sunroof is optional and provides a large opening over the second row so the kids can get some fresh air. Kia says that interior spaciousness has been improved on the new Carnival; both the van’s wheelbase and overall length have been stretched to provide more room for people and cargo. In our testing, we fit 14 carry-on suitcases behind the third row of seats and a whopping 48 in total with all seats folded. That’s a ton of cargo space, but it should be noted that both the Pacifica and Odyssey proved slightly more spacious.
Interior technology and infotainment takes a big leap forward in the KIA Carnival Minivan Rent in Dubai. While a single 8.0-inch infotainment screen is standard, dual 12.3-inch displays that stretch across two-thirds of van’s dashboard are optional, with one serving as a digital gauge display and the other performing infotainment duties. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard. Up to nine USB ports dot the Carnival’s cabin. A rear-seat entertainment system is standard starting on the SX trim but a 12-speaker Bose stereo is limited to the top-spec SX-Prestige trim.
Fuel-economy ratings from the EPA for the 2022 Carnival are 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined, which are slightly better than the 2021 Sedona’s numbers. We tested a ’22 Carnival on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, and it returned 28 mpg highway—2 mpg higher than its EPA rating. For more information about the Carnival’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
KIA Carnival Minivan Rent in Dubai is offering a lot more standard driver-assistance features this time around, including lane-keeping assist, automatic high-beam headlamps, and blind-spot monitoring, all of which will help the Carnival compete with the Pacifica, Odyssey, and Sienna. For more information about the Carnival’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features are likely to include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
- Available adaptive cruise control