Browse over 9,000 car reviews

Kids on Move

Asked by Geoff Laughlin

WE ARE about to have a third child and my wife doesn't want the kids seated all in a row, and we want to be able to take extra passengers. After ruling out the Territory because it has virtually no boot space, and after researching other people-movers, we have narrowed it down to the Kia Grand Carnival. I'm looking at a base model 2008 or later, and there are a few 50,000km ex-rental 2008 models available for $30,000. If I stretched the budget I could buy a new 2009 model for about $37,000. The only difference is stability control became standard on the 2009 model. What do you think of the Grand Carnival? Should I stay away from the ex-rentals? Is stability control such a good feature that I should make sure I get one that has it?

Answered by CarsGuide

26 Feb 2010 Graham Smith

The Grand Carnival will seat eight, with space left over for luggage, but it's a big vehicle and that counts against it in terms of fuel consumption and agility. Having one with stability control would help keep it under control in an emergency, so I would suggest you go with the later model to ensure you get that feature. Should you decide the 2009 model is too much of a stretch, I wouldn't be too concerned about buying an ex-rental car; they have relatively low kilometres and are not the typical cars that are rented by people who beat them up. Even so, I would check them carefully, just to be sure you're not getting that one lemon that has been abused.

Disclaimer: You acknowledge and agree that all answers are provided as a general guide only and should not be relied upon as bespoke advice. Carsguide is not liable for the accuracy of any information provided in the answers.

How can we help?

Please note: Questions cannot be answered privately. All answers will be published on CarsGuide.com.au

By clicking on the 'Submit' button you acknowledge you have read and agree to abide by the CarsGuide Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy. Carsguide reserves the right to not answer any questions for any reason. You acknowledge and agree that all answers are provided as a general guide only and should not be relied upon as bespoke advice.

Over 8,000 questions answered by CarsGuide

Search

Complete Guide to Kia
Grand Carnival

Reviews, price, specs and more