The 2020 Kia Carnival range starts at $42,990 before on-road costs for the S V6, topping out at $63,290 before on-roads for the Platinum diesel.
This is the third generation of Kia’s large people mover, first introduced in Australia in 1999 as a budget alternative to the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Tarago.
It has since leapfrogged both to become Australia’s best-selling people mover.
- 2020 Kia Carnival S V6: $42,990
- 2020 Kia Carnival S diesel: $45,490
- 2020 Kia Carnival Si V6: $48,490
- 2020 Kia Carnival Si diesel: $50,990
- 2020 Kia Carnival SLi V6: $52,990
- 2020 Kia Carnival SLi diesel: $55,490
- 2020 Kia Carnival Platinum V6: $60,790
- 2020 Kia Carnival Platinum diesel: $63,290
All prices exclude on-road costs
The 2020 Kia Carnival range comes with a choice of two engines, available across all four trim levels.
You can choose between a 3.3-litre petrol V6 producing 206kW and 336Nm or a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder producing 147kW and 440Nm.
All Carnivals use an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 2020 Kia Carnival, when equipped with the standard 3.3-litre V6, consumes 10.8L/100km on the ADR combined city and highway cycle. It needs only 91RON regular unleaded fuel and can run on E10.
The optional 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four uses 7.6L/100km on the ADR combined city and highway cycle.
The 2020 Kia Carnival measures 5115mm long, 1755mm tall (including the roof rails) and 1985mm wide.
The Carnival’s total luggage space is 960L, increasing to 2220L with the third row stowed. With the third row stowed, the outboard second row seats folded and the centre second row seat removed, total cargo capacity is 4022L.
When the Kia Carnival was tested by ANCAP in 2016, it received a rating of five stars.
That rating was based on a frontal offset score of 14.29 out of 16 and a side impact score of 16 out of 16. Whiplash and pedestrian protection were rated Good and Acceptable, respectively.
All 2020 Kia Carnival models come standard with autonomous emergency braking with forward-collision warning.
They also come standard with lane-departure warning, anti-lock brakes and front and front-side airbags. All three rows feature curtain airbags.
Only the range-topping Carnival Platinum features blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
The 2020 Kia Carnival range comes in four trim levels.
The base Carnival S comes with the following standard features:
- 17-inch steel wheels
- 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment
- Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Reversing camera with rear parking sensors
- Autonomous emergency braking with forward-collision warning
- Adaptive cruise control
The Carnival Si adds the following features:
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Front fog lights
- Power folding mirrors
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
- Eight-speaker JBL Premium sound system
- Tri-zone climate control
The Carnival SLi adds the following features:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Leather seats
- Eight-way power driver’s seat
- Front parking sensors
- Proximity entry with push-button start
- Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
- Power sliding doors
- Power tailgate
The Carnival Platinum adds the following features:
- 18-inch chrome-finished alloy wheels
- LED headlights with high beam assist
- Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
- 360-degree camera
- Eight-way power passenger’s seat
- Heated and ventilated front seats
- 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster display
The 2020 Kia Carnival requires servicing every 12 months or 15,000km, whichever comes first.
Kia offers seven years of capped-price servicing in addition to its seven-year, unlimited kilometre warranty. V6 Carnivals have an average cost per service of $520 while diesel models have an average service cost of $522.