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Kia Carnival Sport+ 2024 review: snapshot

The Sport + is exactly middle-order in the Kia Carnival range, above the S and Sport and below the GT-Line Lite and GT-Line.

The Sport+ ($62,380 petrol, $64,610 diesel) gets a whole host of new safety equipment, including a Blind Spot View Monitor and rain-sensing wipers, as well as rear AEB through the Parking Collision Avoidance function. It joins the rest of the new stuff across the range, including a centre side airbag, Forward Collision Assist AEB, Rear Occupant Alert, Trailer Stability Assist and front parking sensors, joining the rear ones that were already there.

You also get a powered tailgate, automatic sliding doors and auto windows, and heated seats in the first and second rows. It also ups the tech, with twin 12.3-inch screens taking care of multimedia and driving info duties.

The petrol engine is what I reckon is the lesser of the two ICE options — a 3.5-litre petrol V6, producing a rev-happy 216kW and 355Nm. The better option, I think, is the 2.2-litre, four-cylinder diesel, which makes 148kW and 440Nm, and just suits the nature of the car a little better.

Both pair with an eight-speed automatic, and send their power to the front tyres.

The key practicality perk here, though, is space, and lots of it. At 175cm, there was ample room for me in the middle row, and you can configure the cabin to your liking, too. You can slide the row on rails, for example, to prioritise leg room where you need it, and the middle seat folds down to reveal cupholders in a kind of hard plastic travel tray.

But even in the third row I could easily get comfortable, though head room begins to get a little tighter. There are cupholders and USB connection points, too, and I can honestly say you could send full-size humans back there and not feel overly guilty about it.

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Platinum 2.2L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $67,580 2024 Kia Carnival 2024 Platinum Pricing and Specs
S 3.5L, —, 8 SP AUTO $47,480 2024 Kia Carnival 2024 S Pricing and Specs
Special Edition 2.2L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $63,190 2024 Kia Carnival 2024 Special Edition Pricing and Specs
Si 3.5L, —, 8 SP AUTO $52,980 2024 Kia Carnival 2024 Si Pricing and Specs
Andrew Chesterton
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