Kia Carnival 2018 Philippines: Price, Interior Review, Specs & More
Mar 03, 2018
Check out the latest price, interior, exterior, performance, specs and pros & cons of the Kia Carnival 2018 Philippines in our comprehensive review.
Kia Carnival 2018 Philippines: Challenge the everyday for you and your family
The Kia Grand Carnival has undergone nearly two decades and it is now running the third generation. In fact, the MPV has brought the Korean car manufacturer much fame and has cemented its place as a family-oriented brand, especially in the US where it is also dubbed “Sedona.”
The Kia Grand Carnival has undergone nearly two decades and it is now running the third generation
In the Philippines, the Carnival is also a hot-seller. In this Kia Carnival 2018 Philippines review, let’s find out together the reasons why we've also seen a growing number of them roaming the streets.
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1. Kia Carnival 2018 Philippines: Exterior
In the Philippines, the Grand Carnival used to be offered in two spate versions with short (2,890 mm) and longer wheelbase (3,020 mm) for second-gen model. For the third-gen, a 3,060 mm wheelbase is the only wheelbase variation. Classified as an MPV, but the Carnival measures more than 5 meters in length. However, it’s still a bit shorter than the older long wheelbase model.
For the third-gen, a 3,060 mm wheelbase is the only wheelbase variation
Some say that the Carnival is “handsome”. To be honest, we rarely hear this word in this category of vehicle. To create such a handsome guy, Peter Schreyer – former Audi and VW designer, put in a great deal of effort into the work of reevaluating the car’s design when he joined Kia in 2006.
Some say that the 2018 Grand Carnival is “handsome”
Interestingly, its front fascia is actually reminiscent of an SUV. Given that the Carnival shares components with the Kia Sorento, this is not surprising. Outstanding in this façade is a tiger nose grille which quite resembles that of the Chrysler 300C. Flanking that grille are complicated headlights sweeping around to the fenders.
The way the belt- and rooflines running from the front grille to the rear is extremely impressive
The way the belt- and rooflines running from the front grille to the rear is extremely impressive. Kia even makes the car’s greenhouse more attractive by blacking out all the posts after A-pillars and adding a kink past the C-ones to shape a floating roof.
Right from the start, it’s been odd to say a minivan’s design handsome or interesting
Right from the start, it’s been strange to say a minivan’s design handsome or interesting. However, it’s true and we recognize the good amount of time and effort the brand spent on their car.
2. Kia Carnival 2018 Philippines: Interior
The Kia Carnival 2018 interior shows us the same story as the outside: impressive and interesting as well.
You may feel there are too many of things on the dash, but it’s straightforward. Everything here is well-positioned, clearly visible and easy to reach. More than that, when referring to build consistency, the interior panels and controls prove themselves worth your money by letting us feel the quality.
You may feel there are too many of things on the dash, but it’s straightforward
Sitting in the driver’s seat, a commanding view of the road ahead is provided. This is very useful when driving this giant around town with lots of corners and kerbs.
The Carnival is offered in 7- and 11-seat variants in the country
The Carnival is offered in 7- and 11-seat variants in the country; and both of them feature an airy cabin. A roomy compartment recessed into the floor at the back is also a great cave to put your luggage. To get maximum trunk space, the third-row seats can stuck in there and create a fully flat surface for larger stuff, washing machines for example. Generally, this configuration seems to intend to take on the role of executive transport since the conventional bench-type seat in the middle row has been replaced by two captain’s ones which can well fit kids’ size.
The third-row seats can stuck in there and create a fully flat surface for larger stuff
The only thing we do not like in this Grand Carnival is that the cabin appears to belong to a limousine rather than a vehicle for family. Decidedly, Kia could have done more to give the cockpit a premium look, like a different leather paintjob.
3. Kia Carnival 2018 Review: Engine & Performance
The 2018 Kia Grand Carnival employs a 2.2L inline 4-cylinder DOHC CRDi diesel engine with E-VGT, armed with a 6-speed automatic engine driving and a front-wheel drive system. This mill can generate up to 193 hp at 3,800 rpm and a max torque of 441 Nm at 2,750 rpm.
In spite of being a gigantic, the Grand Carnival performance on the road will surely get you surprised. Torques generated from the engine is enough to keep it moving with a remarkably gracious sense of ease. As well as that, cruising manner and acceleration are likewise smooth.
In spite of being a gigantic, the Grand Carnival performance on the road will surely get you surprised
The Carnival runs around the city admirably. Thanks to a fine suspension system, roads debris and stuff are nicely rested away the car. Noise isolation is also worth of note. It’s even hard to hear wind noise when you’re at 100 km/h.
Also due to the suspension that perfectly manages the weight, the Carnival shows of its decent handling. Nevertheless, it’s not airy to drive at higher speed around bends. Do not push it too hard unless you want to see the stability control indicator blink on the dash.
We could not deny that the Grand Carnival is good in both amenities and driving manners. Sadly, we must say that it is a fuel guzzler.
4. Kia Carnival 2018 Price in the Philippines
The Kia Grand Carnival is priced at P2,245,000 for the 7-seater while the 11-seater can be had for P2,110,000 only.
Kia Carnival 2018 price in the Philippines
2018 Kia Grand Carnival 2.2 AT (11-Seater) VGT DSL
2018 Kia Grand Carnival 2.2 AT (7-Seater) VGT DSL
2018 Kia Grand Carnival 2.2 AT (7-Seater) VGT DSL Leather
To get the most updated 2018 price list of all Kia models in the Philippines with new excise taxes, click here.
5. Kia Carnival 2018 Specs in the Philippines
Kia Carnival 2018 Specs in the Philippines
Kia Grand Carnival 2.2 VGT CRDi 7-seater
Number of Seats
Number of Doors
Engines & Performance
Number of Cylinders
Number of Valves
6-Speed Automatic w/ Sport Mode
193 hp @ 3,800 rpm
441 Nm @ 2,750 rpm
Features & Technology
Front Parking Sensors
Rear Parking Sensors
Push Start Button
Wheels Metal Type
Tri-Zone, Full Auto Climate Control
Electric Adjustable Seats
Steering Wheel Audio Control
Safety & Security
Front Passenger's Airbag
Electronic Brake Distribution
Yes, w/ Electronic Brake Force Distribution & Brake Assist System
Electronic Door Locks
Speed Sensing Door Locks
Blind-Spot Detection System
Lane Departure Warning System
6. Kia Carnival 2018 Review: Pros & Cons
Kia Carnival 2018 Review: Pros & Cons
Advanced safety features
Limited rear view due to huge dimensions
Not fuel efficient
Lack of space at the driver's footrest
7. Kia Carnival 2018 Philippines: Verdict
In conclusion, exuding with class, technological convenience, and versatility, the Kia Grand Carnival 2018 is definitely a great MPV that has leveled up its status in local segment. If two million pesos is not your problem, the Carnival is a right choice that will make each day a real “carnival” as its name tells us.
The Carnival is a right choice that will make each day a real “carnival” as its name tells us
Lastly, hope that our Kia Carnival 2018 review has given you detailed insight into this vehicle. To learn more about other hot-selling models in the Philippines, please click here.