The past weekend saw the launch of not only the bold new Kia Sorento. The local arm of the Korean carmaker also introduced the new-generation Carnival to South Africa, with the Grand Sedona’s replacement featuring striking exterior design language, new levels of luxury and more dynamic performance. See pricing and specification below…

Penned at Kia’s California design studio, the Carnival’s bold appearance lends it a commanding presence. The “rugged yet refined” bodywork features the firm’s “modernised” ‘tiger nose’ grille, complete with integrated “high-tech” LED headlamps. According to Kia, the “dramatic” bonnet lines enhance the new model’s “eye-catching” character. 

Underpinned by the same platform as the new, fourth-generation Sorento. Compared to the Grand Sedona, the Carnival is 40 mm longer, 10 mm wider and 35 mm taller. Although larger than its forebear, Kia claims the Carnival tips the scales at only 14 kg more. 

In addition, like the Sorento, the Carnival also makes use of the company’s new ‘Smartstream’ engine. As a reminder, the 2.2-litre four-pot produces 148 kW and 440 Nm of torque. However, in the front-wheel-drive Carnival, this unit is coupled to an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission. 


Four variants are on offer, with the EX seven-seater kicking off the line-up. This model sports, among others, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotaintainment system, replete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, four USB ports, fore and aft adjustable air-conditioning, leather trim, and LED headlamps. In addition, the EX rides on 18-inch alloy wheels. Safety features include seven airbags, ESC and hill-start assist. 

The eight-seater EX+ upgrades to, among others, a 2+3+3 seating configuration, smart entry with push-button start, and seven USB ports. Powered sliding doors and an electrically operated tailgate are standard.

In addition to the abovementioned items, the SX Limited gains 19-inch alloys, heated and ventilated front seats, smart cruise control, LED front fog lamps, and a 12.3-inch touch-enabled infotainment system. Lane following and keeping assist, blindspot monitoring and surround-view monitor are among the additional features. Available from March 2022, the “fully loaded” SXL adds a 12.3-inch TFT Supervision instrument cluster and Bose surround sound with 12 speakers. 

As standard, all models feature Kia’s five-year/unlimited km warranty and six-year/90 000 km maintenance plan. 

Kia Carnival pricing:

Carnival 2.2 CRDi EX 8AT 7-Seater: R799 995

Carnival 2.2 CRDi EX+ 8AT 8-Seater: R879 995

Carnival 2.2 CRDi SX Limited 8AT 7-Seater: R999 995

Carnival 2.2 CRDi SXL 8AT 7-Seater: R1 024 995