KIA CAR­NI­VAL Si

Fam­ily favourites do battle and Richard Black­burn ad­ju­di­cates. Korea’s Car­ni­val takes on Ja­pan’s Odyssey.

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Head To Head -

VALUE

Equip­ment in­cludes con­ver­sa­tion mir­ror, roof rails, three 12V out­lets and three USB ports, 14 cupholders, lock­able glove box, four-inch in­fo­tain­ment screen and Blue­tooth with au­dio stream­ing. Air­con vents ex­tend to the third row. In­dus­try’s best war­ranty cov­er­age, at seven years and un­lim­ited kilo­me­tres. Capped price ser­vic­ing for seven years (for three years, $1307) and road­side as­sis­tance if you get your car ser­viced at a Kia dealer. Re­sale 61 per cent af­ter three years.

TECH

Pow­er­ful V6 makes light work of hills and over­tak­ing ma­noeu­vres, with enough power to spin the front wheels if you’re not care­ful. Com­bined with a smooth-shift­ing sixspeed auto, the en­gine feels re­laxed on the open road. The down­side is a big thirst. It uses a claimed av­er­age of 11.6L/ 100km, but ex­pect to use a lot more in the city.

DE­SIGN

The Car­ni­val is huge. Cav­ernous lug­gage area means it is one of the few peo­ple-movers that can swallow an en­tire fam­ily and their lug­gage. All eight seats are full-sized and a clever fold­ing de­sign for the sec­ond row seats al­lows for easy ac­cess to the third. The cabin am­bi­ence trumps the Odyssey, while a huge cen­tre stor­age bin swal­lows two-litre bot­tles.

SAFETY

Achieved only a four-star crash rat­ing be­cause of a be­low av­er­age frontal crash test and no seat belt re­minders for sec­ond and third row seats. Has six airbags and the cur­tains ex­tend to the third row. Re­vers­ing cam­era is stan­dard but the screen is too small.

DRIV­ING

Sus­pen­sion and steer­ing have been tuned for Aus­tralian roads but overly light steer­ing feel de­tracts from the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It feels bet­ter on the open road, soak­ing up bumps with­out fuss and feel­ing pre­dictable through cor­ners de­spite its size and weight.

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