THE recently launched 2017 Kia Grand Carnival is the latest large MPV to arrive in Malaysia and is stylish and fun-to-drive to boot.
From the outside, the Grand Carnival makes its presence felt by its sheer size alone.
And then you notice its bold good looks, like the signature ‘Schreyer Grille’ and the sleek LED daytime running lights.
This MPV adds a touch of modernity with power-sliding doors operated at the touch of a button.
The Grand Carnival seats eight people comfortably and access to the third row is done by simply pulling a lever.
You have a choice of opting for fabric seats or the plush, smooth dual-tone leather seats – the latter gives the Grand Carnival a true upmarket ambiance.
Comfort is the name of the game and the Grand Carnival is one of the best players.
All passengers are kept cool and comfortable with the dedicated air-conditioning vents.
Then of course there is the entertainment factor with a six-speaker system that is connected to a touch-screen entertainment unit featuring a 4.3-inch TFT colour screen with USB and AUX connectivity.
The centre storage space between the driver and passenger alone is able to fit your handbag or your 13-inch Macbook.
There are also other cubby holes around the cabin.
With the seats folded up, the interior of the Grand Carnival transforms into the perfect companion for trips to Ikea as it will easily fit a two-seat sofa.
And there is also enough space inside to stack four golf bags vertically without compromising sitting space for your golfing buddies.
Driving the Grand Carnival is a breath of fresh air as it is the perfect balance of power and fuel economy.
The driver’s seat is adjustable in 12 different ways, making it super easy to find your perfect sitting position without any blind spots hindering your line of sight.
And then there is the fact that the 2.2-litre diesel engine gives you 190hp and 440Nm of torque.
It basically means that the Grand Carnival offers performance without guzzling too much fuel as diesel engines are frugal and efficient.
On the road, the power-steering is easy to turn and precise.
Despite its size, the Grand Carnival is quite agile and easy to manoeuvre in tight car park bays and narrow streets.
Parking is a breeze too as it comes equipped with front and rear sensors as well as a reverse camera.
The Grand Carnival comes standard with electronic safety nets like vehicle stability control, anti-braking system, hill start assist and six airbags.
With seemingly everything you could want in a top end MPV, the Grand Carnival starts from just RM153,888 for the basic model.
Then there is the mid-range 2.2 CRDI KX priced at RM169,888 and the top of the range 2.2 CRDI EX priced at RM185,888.
The relationship with local Kia vehicle distributor, Naza Kia Malaysia, does not just begin and end with buying the Grand Carnival.
The company takes care of your MPV and its needs through its five-year, unlimited mileage warranty programme as well as a special financing programme designed to help you own this vehicle.
If there ever has been a real good deal on a large MPV, it is happening right now with the Grand Carnival.