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.”

Kia Carnival 2018 on the road

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.

Kia Carnival 2018 side view

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.

Kia Carnival 2018 angular front

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.

Kia Carnival 2018 angular rear

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.

Kia Carnival 2018 seen from above

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.

Kia Carnival 2018 dashboard

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.

Kia Carnival 2018 seating

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.

Kia Carnival 2018 cargo space

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.

Kia Carnival 2018 on the road

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
Variants 2017 SRP 2018 SRP Difference
2018 Kia Grand Carnival 2.2 AT (11-Seater) VGT DSL P2,095,000 P2,110,000 P15,000
2018 Kia Grand Carnival 2.2 AT (7-Seater) VGT DSL P2,245,000 P2,245,000 0
2018 Kia Grand Carnival 2.2 AT (7-Seater) VGT DSL Leather P2,545,000 P2,545,000 0

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
 Overall
Name Kia Grand Carnival 2.2 VGT CRDi 7-seater
Body Type MPV
Price P2,245,000
Transmission Type Automatic
Dimensions
Length 5,115 mm
Width 1,985 mm
Height 1,755 mm
Wheelbase 3,060 mm
Turning Circle N/A
Ground Clearance 171 mm
Wading Depth N/A
Trunk Capacity N/A
Max Cargo 4,021 L
Number of Seats 7
Number of Doors 5
Engines & Performance
Engine Size 2.2 L
Displacement 2,199 cc
Number of Cylinders 4
Number of Valves 16
Transmission Category 6-Speed Automatic w/ Sport Mode
Power Train Front-Wheel Drive
Max Output 193 hp @ 3,800 rpm
Max Torque 441 Nm @ 2,750 rpm
Fuel Type Diesel
Features & Technology
Front Parking Sensors Yes
Rear Parking Sensors Yes
Cruise Control Yes
Leather Upholstery Yes
Push Start Button Yes
Wheel Size 19 in
Wheels Metal Type Alloy
Airconditioning System Tri-Zone, Full Auto Climate Control
Entertainment System
  • AM/FM Radio
  • CD/MP3
  • AUX/USB
  • 6 Speakers
Navigation Ready No
Keyless Entry Yes
Sunroof No
Roof Rack Yes
Electric Adjustable Seats No
Power Outlet Yes
Power Windows Yes
Power Steering Yes
Steering Wheel Audio Control Yes
Power Liftgate Yes
Safety & Security
Driver's Airbag Yes
Front Passenger's Airbag Yes
Side Airbag No
Curtain Airbag No
Knee Airbag No
Electronic Brake Distribution Yes
ABS Yes, w/ Electronic Brake Force Distribution & Brake Assist System
Immobilizer Yes
Security Alarm Yes
Electronic Door Locks Yes
Stability Control Yes
Speed Sensing Door Locks No
ISOFIX Yes
Blind-Spot Detection System No
Lane Departure Warning System No

6. Kia Carnival 2018 Review: Pros & Cons

Kia Carnival 2018 Review: Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Good-looking
  • Spacious cabin
  • Advanced safety features
Cons
  • 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.

Kia Carnival 2018 and a family

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.

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sam E 13:44 | Jun 25, 2018
Thanks. I also heard of a upgraded 2019 model sx coming out. Is this something worth waiting for or stick with the 2018 model?
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Thanks. I also heard of a upgraded 2019 model sx coming out. Is this something worth waiting for or stick with the 2018 model?
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Philkotse 11:37 | Jun 27, 2018
Good morning Sir/Madam!

While the top-of-the-line Carnival SX that you mentioned already came out for the Malaysian market last April, there has been no official information regarding its arrival to our shores. To get more details about the Malay-spec Carnival SX, you ...
Good morning Sir/Madam!

While the top-of-the-line Carnival SX that you mentioned already came out for the Malaysian market last April, there has been no official information regarding its arrival to our shores. To get more details about the Malay-spec Carnival SX, you can read our article at https://philkotse.com/new-releases/kia-grand-carnival-22d-sx-2018-now-available-in-malaysia-1815.

Although we cannot tell at the moment whether the SX will be launched in the Philippines any time soon, we recommend that in the meantime you could consider other candidates suggested in our following posts:
https://philkotse.com/car-buying-and-selling/best-family-vans-minivans-of-2018-in-the-philippines-2177
https://philkotse.com/car-buying-and-selling/top-5-best-family-minivans-in-the-philippines-in-2018-2115

Hope that this can be some help :)

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sam E 16:19 | Apr 10, 2018
Great review. I wanted to know if the 7 seater has provisions to purchase an 8th seat (the tumbler seat in the 2nd row)?
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Great review. I wanted to know if the 7 seater has provisions to purchase an 8th seat (the tumbler seat in the 2nd row)?
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Philkotse 14:36 | Apr 11, 2018
Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your positive feedback and your interest!

To answer your question, installing an extra seat in a seven-seater depends on specific seat configurations of each car indeed. However, normally, it’s hard to set up an 8th seat in the second ...
Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your positive feedback and your interest!

To answer your question, installing an extra seat in a seven-seater depends on specific seat configurations of each car indeed. However, normally, it’s hard to set up an 8th seat in the second row of a seven-seater. This would become easier with a van or bigger cars.

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