2022 Kia Carnival Passenger Volume and Cargo Space Specifications

2022 Kia Carnival Passenger Volume and Cargo Space Specifications

The Kia Carnival comes in 3 variants and 4 seating configurations. If you are wondering which one is right for you, here’s all the information you need to pick the right one

The Carnival truly deserves to be the Kia flagship

The Carnival truly deserves to be the Kia flagship in the country. After the success of the Seltos, it now raises the bar of expectations from the brand. We recently drove the top Limousine variant which comes exclusively in the 7-seater VIP configuration. You can check out our detailed first drive review of the MPV here or watch the video review below. What we will tell you in this article is exactly how the seating configurations differ, and, also, what they’re like to use, individually. Lets have a close look at them one by one.

Variant

Seating layout available

Premium (base)

7 / 8-Seater

Prestige (mid)

7 / 9-Seater

Limousine (top)

7-Seater VIP

Basic 7-Seater 

Variants: Premium (base) and Prestige (mid)

Available in the bottom two variants, this 7-seate

Available in the bottom two variants, this 7-seater configuration comes with a 2+2+3 arrangement. The middle two passengers get comfortable captain seats and the last row passengers get a bench. The captain seats on offer will have fabric upholstery in the base variant and artificial leather upholstery in the mid variant. 

The captain seats are well cushioned and comfortable. While they are narrower than the ones on the top Limousine variant, these are still wide enough to accommodate most frames. They can slide to open more legroom and even recline to become more comfortable. You get armrests and adjustable headrests as well. These seats are even at a good height from the floor and hence there is ample underthigh support too.

To get in the last row, Kia has engineered a very

To get in the last row, Kia has engineered a very innovative solution. The middle row seats don’t fold or tumble. Rather, they stand up and move forward. This happens with just a pull of a lever on the side of the seats. It opens up a lot of room for the passengers to get in, making for an easy ingress and egress. 

This third row is possibly the most comfortable th

This third row is possibly the most comfortable third row we have ever sat in! It’s not too low – which means while you do sit knees up, the underthigh support is not absent. It’s cushioned well and you can recline it for more comfort. All rear seat passengers get adjustable headrests and three-point seatbelts. And again, it absolutely beats all other MPVs in India in terms of cabin width. Three passengers (yes, adults), can get comfortable here. You even get cup holders on both sides, your own set of AC vents — and if you choose the mid Prestige variant, a 12V socket. 

The boot in the 7-seater configuration is plenty big and deep, and is rated at 540 litres (Innova gets 300 litres behind the 3rd row). It can easily swallow medium-sized bags and aircraft handbag suitcases. The third row can fold down with a 60:40 split, opening more room. The party trick, however, is the seats folding back into the boot, creating a flat floor, which opens up about 1624 litres of space! Plenty for vacations or even business use (you could fit a washing machine here!). 

8-Seater

Variant: Premium (base)

In this configuration, you have a 2+3+3 arrangemen

In this configuration, you have a 2+3+3 arrangement. The middle row comprises two captain seats without their armrests. The space between them is filled by a small seat which can be removed if required (without any tools). This arrangement creates a comfortable bench to seat three, especially considering the Carnival’s width. If you are seating just two here, the middle seat folds to become a large armrest with cupholders. Leg, knee and headroom are ample for all heights. The third row and the boot are exactly the same as the 7-seater. The seats fold up easily for ingress – just like the 7-seater. 

9-Seater

9-Seater

Variant: Prestige (mid)

This is the variant that most potential customers

This is the variant that most potential customers in the commercial space have their eyes glued on. It gets a 2+2+2+3 seating arrangement. The second and third row get captain seats. These are not the same seats as seen in the ones above. They are smaller – both narrower and with a shorter seat base. They are planted closer to the ground as well, which compromises on underthigh support. This reduces the comfort offered as compared to the other configurations. However, standalone, they still offer a decent amount of support. The seats are dressed in faux leather and do feel premium. They can slide to open up more room for the passengers as well.

There is enough space between the left and the rig

There is enough space between the left and the right seats to walk in between. This makes getting into various rows easy. The most important part however is the last row. I am 5’6” tall, and if I slide the second row for just enough knee room, and do the same for the third row as well, I can just about fit in the last row. But this means knee and leg room is compromised for all the passengers. Luckily, all the seat rows allow you to tuck your feet underneath the seats ahead, so you are not cramped. But even if one of the passengers is a 6-footer, you won’t be able to seat 4 passengers (adults) one behind the other. Also, the last row passenger is too close to the rear windscreen, and cannot recline the backrest at all. And to call this a true 9-seater, you will have to seat 3 at the last row, which is going to be extremely tight. In fact, we can call this a 9-seater only if that includes at least 2 children, or short adults.  

There is another problem with this 4-row seating.

There is another problem with this 4-row seating. The last row leaves absolutely no room for luggage. However, if you fold the last row, it opens up a flat boot floor and becomes a near perfect 6-seat transporter.

7-Seater VIP

7-Seater VIP

Variant: Limousine (top)

If you are looking for a personal car, this is whe

If you are looking for a personal car, this is where your heart and eyes should be. Offered in a 7-seater layout, the Limousine is the flagship variant of the Kia Carnival. The captain seats in the middle row are massive and super comfortable. The headrest, contouring and the armrest are all tasked with putting you to sleep. The cushioning is a little firm and the seats are dressed in Nappa Leather. These seats can slide front and back to open more legroom, as well as side to side for better ingress for the rear passengers. The coolest trick however is the legrest which unfolds from the seat base to make the seat ultra comfortable. The only limitation is that even with the seats pushed all the way back, you can’t fully stretch your legs as they hit the front seats. Nevertheless, they are still the best second on offer at this price. The third row and boot experience is the same as the 8-seater.

To know more about the features, drive and ride qu

To know more about the features, drive and ride quality of the Carnival, read our first drive review. You can also watch it here.

2022 Kia Carnival EX Trim

The EX also improves Carnival’s tech featureNext in line is the EX trim, which enhances some standard features and adds a few of its own. Among the features are upgraded 19-inch alloy wheels, standard eight-passenger seating, tri-zone climate control, and a smart power tailgate. 

The EX also improves Carnival’s tech features, introducing a large 12.3-inch touch-screen interface with a navigation system instead of the standard 8-inch one. The EX includes an eight-speaker stereo, a wireless smartphone charging station, a rear cabin intercom, and a camera monitoring system. The intercom and camera monitoring system allow the front occupants to project their voices to the rear speakers and watch the back seats on the center touch-screen.

Additionally, the EX trim adds top safety features. Its adaptive cruise control system keeps a steady distance between the Carnival and the vehicle in front. Also, the EX’s auto emergency braking system now has a cycling detection function and the ability to detect vehicles coming from the opposite side when you’re turning left at a junction.

Video

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After opening the rear sliding door, the left 2nd-row seat can be moved for easier access to the third and fourth rows. The seat can slide and tilt forward to give ample room for people of any size to climb in and out. The center of the second and third rows contain a center “assist seat”. The assist seat is one that can fold straight down, then be folded sideways up against the other seat. This creates a path in the center of the seats for someone to walk past into the rear seat rows. The assist seats can even fold flat and become a table in the middle for rear passengers.

All the seats can slide forward and back to make sure everyone has enough room for their differently-sized legs. The fourth row can be folded completely flat into the floor so that it disappears. The rear cargo space is completely unavailable when the fourth row seats are upright. The second row can fold back flat when the seats are properly arranged and headrests are detached. These ones don’t go into the floor, they simply transform into “rest mode” which seems to be for sleeping. Kia recommends avoiding driving while the rear seats are in rest mode. The third and fourth rows can be removed, and with the second row slid to the front, the cargo space is massive.

Made for more

5 trims available.

Features: 3.5L w/290 HP and 3,500 lb. towing capacity Auto Emergency Braking Technology Blind Spot and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Lane Keeping Assist Technology Rear Occupant Alert with Ultrasonic Sensors 8-Inch Touchscreen Display w/ Rear View Monitor Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ 7-Passenger Seating w/ Rear Air Conditioning Power Sliding Rear Doors Smart Key w/Push Button Start Features: Power Driver’s Seat w/ Power Lumbar Support 8-Passenger Seating w/2nd Row Center Free Mode Seat SynTex Seating Trim Heating Front Seats Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel & Shift Knob Features: 19-in Machine Finished Alloy Wheels UVO link w/navigation and 12.3-inch Display Passenger View – In Cabin Camera Passenger Talk – In Cabin Intercom Smart Power Liftgate Tri-zone Auto Climate Control Enhanced Auto Emergency Braking w/junction Turn and Cyclist Detection Navigation based Smart Cruise Control Parking Distance Warning- Forward Features: 19-in Black Alloy Wheels Surround View Monitor (SVM) Dual Screen Rear Seat Entertainment System Ventilated Front Seats Memory Driver’s Seat Power Passenger Seat 115V Power Outlets Parking Collision Avoidance Assist- Reverse LED Fog Lamps Roof Rails Features: Dual Power Tilting & Sliding Sunroofs Blind View Monitor (BVM) Leather Seating Trim 12 Speaker Bose® Premium Audio System 12.3-in Digital Instrument Cluster 7-Passenger seating w/ 2nd Row VIP Lounge Seats Heated & Ventilated 2nd Row Seats Heated Steering Wheel LED Projector Headlights and Rear Taillights

Features:

3.5L w/290 HP and 3,500 lb. towing capacity

Auto Emergency Braking Technology

Blind Spot and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance

Lane Keeping Assist Technology

Rear Occupant Alert with Ultrasonic Sensors

8-Inch Touchscreen Display w/ Rear View Monitor

Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™

7-Passenger Seating w/ Rear Air Conditioning

Power Sliding Rear Doors

Smart Key w/Push Button Start

Features:

Power Driver’s Seat w/ Power Lumbar Support

8-Passenger Seating w/2nd Row Center Free Mode Seat

SynTex Seating Trim

Heating Front Seats

Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel & Shift Knob

Features:

19-in Machine Finished Alloy Wheels

UVO link w/navigation and 12.3-inch Display

Passenger View – In Cabin Camera

Passenger Talk – In Cabin Intercom

Smart Power Liftgate

Tri-zone Auto Climate Control

Enhanced Auto Emergency Braking w/junction Turn and Cyclist Detection

Navigation based Smart Cruise Control

Parking Distance Warning- Forward

Features:

19-in Black Alloy Wheels

Surround View Monitor (SVM)

Dual Screen Rear Seat Entertainment System

Ventilated Front Seats

Memory Driver’s Seat

Power Passenger Seat

115V Power Outlets

Parking Collision Avoidance Assist- Reverse

LED Fog Lamps Roof Rails

Features: Dual Power Tilting & Sliding Sunroofs Blind View Monitor (BVM) Leather Seating Trim 12 Speaker Bose® Premium Audio System 12.3-in Digital Instrument Cluster 7-Passenger seating w/ 2nd Row VIP Lounge Seats Heated & Ventilated 2nd Row Seats Heated Steering Wheel LED Projector Headlights and Rear Taillights

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