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Kia Carnival or Multivan

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#1 Bigbaubles

Posted 22 February 2020 - 08:33 AM

Looking for anyone's experience between these two cars.

Looking at getting a van and not sure which one is best. Love love love the look of the multivan but quite a big price tag..

Going to test them out in the next week or so but thought i'd get some mum tested reviews!

#2 Krio

Posted 22 February 2020 - 10:46 AM

Love my Kia! Such a versatile car - can have a huge boot when I have only too rows of seats. Even with the third row of seats, the boot space is huge.

Easy to drive. I came from a Barina and was worried about a bigger car but it's drives well. Parking it took a bit of getting used too which the corners of my car show proof of!

We have the previous model that didn't have a centre console between the two front seats. That's awesome in wet weather as it means I can get in the car, strap kids in and the jump into my seat without getting too wet.

The petrol model that we have does seem to chew through petrol.

While it's  not the prettiest of cars - we call ours the potato - it's been fantastic and versatile with young kids.

#3 Tomahawk

Posted 22 February 2020 - 12:00 PM

I love my Kia, it's not the new model but I still love it. I can press a button to open the sliding doors and the boot so the kids can just get in but it was easy to strap them in when young. The boot space is good, we got a pod for the top of the car for when we go away in holidays (Christmas presents and food etc).
I was run into really badly lady year and was so glad nrma could fix it, they said it was a great car. Even if they couldn't we had another Kia lined up to replace it.

#4 Bigbaubles

Posted 22 February 2020 - 12:02 PM


I'm glad to hear such positive reviews over the Kia.. I definitely love the look of the multivan and the versatility, but it's a huge amount of money!


Posted 22 February 2020 - 02:03 PM

Another one who can vouch for the Carnival.  We don’t have the current model, as we bought ours knew in 2012 when our fourth child was born and it hasn’t missed a beat. DF drove it a lot with work in the first few years too.  We have the diesel model and we get fairly good mileage from a tank for a vehicle that size.

Can’t help much in the looks department as I think that all cars are ugly, but when it comes to reliability and features, we have no complaints with the Carnival.

Oh hang on!  Yes we do.  Ours has no thermometer/temperature gauge thingy.  So not important, just something that was pretty common and we were surprised that it was missing!

Edited by BECZ, 22 February 2020 - 02:52 PM.

#6 cinnamonnutmeg

Posted 22 February 2020 - 05:46 PM

Omg, just posted in another thread about my love for the carnial.

It is AMAZINGLY VERSATILE. We looked at a few other people movers and none compared. It's like a mum flat out designed it.

It fits 4 car seats, a pram fits in the boot (actually BOTH of mine fit in) with the seats folded up, the back row is a a 1/2 split so you can fold them all down or just one side or the other. The middle rows middle seat can be completely removed to create an aisle, which is AWESOME when you have car seats and can't fold a seat forward to get to the back row.

We have an 11, 3 and 1 year old and it was the only car that worked for us.

Edited to add: it is an ugly beige inside but its permanently covered in popcorn and monkey chips so I don't care lol

Edited by cinnamonnutmeg, 22 February 2020 - 05:48 PM.

#7 TheirMum2

Posted 22 February 2020 - 06:00 PM

Another KIA fan.

We have a 2019 Kia Carnival. We are so happy with this car that when it is time to replace it we will be getting another one.

We have the diesel, which seems to be gentler on the fuel consumption than the petrol.

We often go away with my husband's parents, DH and I, and two children (still in car seats). One of our chidlren has a foldable wheelchair that we take everyhere with us. We can still fit six people (with car seats), wheelchair and luggage for a 4-6 day trip in the back of the KIA.

DH extensively researched every people mover that seemed to exist and the KIA was the only one he couldn't really find a bad review about.

This is the best car we have ever had.

#8 Bigbaubles

Posted 22 February 2020 - 07:28 PM

Thanks guys! Super helpful. This is definitely swaying my vote.

#9 Bearynice

Posted 22 February 2020 - 07:37 PM

We don’t have one, but a lot of friends with three or more kids have a Kia.
Great for multiple car seats and long legged teenagers.

#10 Holidayromp

Posted 27 February 2020 - 07:07 PM

I hate Kia in any make or model.  They are cheaply made and cost a fortune to repair.  We have been burnt once and so have other friends (though with different models).  The after sales servicing is dodgy at best no matter where you live.

They are very heavy cars and there tends to be more wear and tear on the parts.

For those who reckon they are great they are very very lucky not to have gotten a lemon which is very common across the board for all models.

My advice is to avoid them at all costs.

#11 Lady Monteagle

Posted 28 February 2020 - 07:07 AM

We were way of the Kia brand but... we LOVE LOVE ADORE our Carnival.  For all the reasons already enumerated.  Ours is a year old and the kids are still finding nifty features.  

I am envious of the PP with the model where you can get from the back to the front seats.  But I also love my huge centre console big enough to keep all my things and shove a handbag into a closed compartment.  

And coming from an Astra, I find the Carnival heaps easier to park, with its sight lines, big mirrors and straight lines.  

It is a thirsty beast though.  And not the prettiest.  I call it my Fridge On Wheels.

ETA: At least once a month I find myself saying to someone nearby: "if it wasn't a woman who designed this car, they at least got a woman to advise them."

Edited by Lady Monteagle, 28 February 2020 - 07:09 AM.

#12 ~Bob~

Posted 28 February 2020 - 10:44 AM

I have the Kia carnival and I love it. We have the current model and it has all the bells and whistles. I love the boots space the most, but it also feels very luxurious to drive. I also love that you can open all the doors from the button, so the kids can run ahead and hop in themselves. Ours is great with fuel, but we have the diesel model, it is loud though.

With all of the seats down, it’s very handy for transporting large things.

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