Kia Carnival bags awards at Auto Focus for design, performance, safety

Updated Jan 19, 2023 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The accolades reflect the Carnival’s impressive offerings.

Kia Philippines is proud to announce that the Carnival won three accolades at the 2022-2023 Auto Focus Media’s Choice Awards (AFMCA).

Kia Carnival front view

Kia Carnival

Now in its 18th year, AFMCA, organized by Sunshine Television and Marketing Services, Inc. (STV), handed the Kia Carnival the Best Design, Best Engine Performance, and Best Safety Features awards under the Standard MPV category.

When the fourth-generation Kia Carnival arrived in the local market, the vehicle wowed Filipinos with its new premium-looking design. Dubbed “symphonic architecture,” this gave the Carnival futuristic character lines, a unique C-pillar layout, and a subtle diamond pattern reflected throughout the body.

The premium appeal continues on the inside. Thanks to the power tailgate and power sliding doors, accessing the cabin gives a luxurious feel. Kia Philippines said that the Carnival can offer “first-class treatment that will even impress the most season VIPs.”

Kia Carnival interior view

Premium cabin

As for the award-winning engine performance, the Carnival is powered by a 2.2-liter VGT CRDi (diesel) mill capable of generating 199 horsepower and 440 Nm of torque. It sends power exclusively to the front wheels via a Smartstream 8-speed automatic transmission as standard.

Among the safety features that encouraged the AFMCA’s top Philippine automotive media practitioners to recognize the Carnival with the Best Safety Features award are Lane Keeping Assist, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. It also has cruise control, Blind Spot Detection, and a camera display as standard.

The Kia Carnival is not only earning accolades locally but also in global markets. It won the Good Design Awards for 2021, Top Safety Pick Award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 2022 Family Vehicle of the Year by AutoGuide, Best News Cars for 2022 by AutoTrader, and Best Minivan by Newsweek Autos Award.

Kia Carnival rear view

The design is exquisite

In related news, the 2022-2023 AFMCA awarded the Honda Civic with the same three awards as the Carnival in the Standard Compact Sedan category. Both cars were awarded by the automotive media brand last December 2022.

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Know more about Kia Carnival 2023

Kia Carnival

The 2023 Kia Carnival is a seven-seater minivan. It is now in its fourth-generation, and it has two different variants for the Philippine market. 

These include the Carnival SX AT, and the Carnival EX AT. Its prices range from Php 2,540,000 to Php 2,988,000. 

Under the hood of the all-new Carnival is a 2.2-liter turbodiesel mill that can generate up to 200 horsepower and 440 Nm of torque. Both variants are front-wheel-drive, and both use an eight-speed automatic gearbox. 

Size-wise, the new Carnival is 5,115mm long, 1,985mm wide, and 1,740mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 3,060mm. 

Locally, the 2023 Kia Carnival rivals the Honda Odyssey, Hyundai Grand Starex, GAC GN8, among others. 

₱ 2,560,000 - ₱ 3,038,000

Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.


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