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Kia has added more tech and more safety to its already segment-leading people mover. But is the 2019 Kia Carnival proof an MPV can be sexy?
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FUEL ECONOMY 7.7/100km
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2020 Kia Carnival recalled due to a loose battery terminal

Kia Australia has issued a recall for 2241 examples of its Carnival people mover with the Model Year 2020 (MY20), due to an incorrectly tightened battery terminal. The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says the loose battery terminal could "increase the resistance to the alternator and may lead to heat being generated, which could result in a fire within the engine compartment"...

2021 Kia Carnival revealed ahead of Australian launch - UPDATE

UPDATE: While specific Australian timing and equipment details are still to be confirmed, new details for the 2021 Kia Carnival have been handed down today. This story has been updated with information on storage (albeit not localised), safety, and comfort. The first official images of the new 2021 Kia Carnival have been released today...

2021 Kia Carnival interior revealed

A first look at the cabin of the upcoming 2021 Kia Carnival has been released today, revealing a premium dash design for the big seven-seat people mover. As with the incoming fourth-generation 2021 Kia Sorento, the new Carnival – also entering its fourth life cycle, 22 years in – will feature a pair of big 12.3-inch screens in the dash...

2021 Kia Carnival teased

UPDATE: The new 2021 Kia Sorento has now been revealed. Details here. A revealing new sketch of the next-generation 2021 Kia Carnival has been handed down today, offering a clear look at what's to come. Following in the tracks of the current model, this new model will again bless the Carnival badge with the sort of powerful proportions that get dads reconsidering the notion that they'd never be seen driving a people mover...

2011-2014 Kia Carnival recalled over petrol leak potential

Kia has announced a recall for its 'VQ' Carnival, across the 2011 to 2014 model years. Affecting 12,123 vehicles in Australia, the recall is regarding the potential for a small heat-induced crack to appeal in the fuel rail of petrol models. In the event a crack appears, a fuel leak could result, which could lead to fire and/or a leak onto the road, increasing risk of harm to occupants and other road users...

2006-2010 Kia Carnival and 2006-2009 Sorento recalled for electrical fault, potential fire hazard

Kia Australia has issued a recall of 18,091 of its Carnival and Sorento models affected by an electrical issue that may result in a fire. The issue extends to model year 2006-2010 Carnival 'VQ' (of which 14,803 vehicles are affected) and 2006-2009 Sorento 'BL' models (of which 3288 vehicles are affected)...

Next Kia Carnival to debut in April, hybrid and turbo four options expected – report

UPDATE: The new 2021 Kia Sorento has now been revealed. Details here. The Carnival is coming to town – to New York City, specifically. The Korean Car Blog reports the next generation of Kia’s people mover will debut in April at this year’s New York motor show. The redesigned Carnival will move to the platform underpinning the upcoming 2020 Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima...

Kia's Australian Open Fleet hits the road

It's tennis time in Melbourne again, which means the streets are swarming with Kias. For the 19th consecutive year, Kia is supporting the Australian Open with a squadron of branded vehicles to transport, players, officials and VIPs to and from the Melbourne Park facility...

2019 Kia Carnival recalled

Kia has recalled the 2019 Carnival, over concerns about its second-row seatbelt arrangement. According to the company, the seatbelt buckle for the middle second-row seat might have been installed on the wrong side. If that's the case, occupants won't be able to buckle their belt. Obviously, not wearing a seatbelt correctly greatly increases an occupant's risk of injury or death in an accident...

2015-19 Kia Carnival recalled for door fix

Kia Australia has issued a recall for the 2015-19 model-year Carnival over concerns models with power-operated side doors may not recognise objects obstructing their path. The Korean manufacturer reports the software controlling the power sliding doors may not detect "certain obstructions", and therefore may not auto-reverse when an obstruction is in the door opening...

2019 Kia Carnival pricing and specs

Kia has revealed local pricing and specifications for its updated Carnival people mover (link opens in new tab), which now kicks off at $42,490 before on-road costs. Power comes from a choice of 3.3-litre V6 petrol or 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engines, both of which are hooked up to a new eight-speed automatic transmission...