Let’s get straight to the point because that’s why we’re all here - the space! The Kia Carnival is an 8-seater that actually fits eight adults comfortably - unlike most seven-seater SUVs where you wouldn’t particularly want to volunteer to ride in the back.
It’s comfortable in all three rows with so much leg space and head space that you won’t feel like you might develop pins and needles in your limbs after a long road trip if you're stuck at the back.
The front and back windscreens are huge which contribute to the open feeling. And while you might be put off by the size on first glance, you’ll appreciate the feeling of luxury the space gives while driving.
My children thought it was fantastic, and wanted to immediately try out the back. I was able to easily access the third row by putting the second row down and climbing in.
Unexpectedly, the boot is rather large. Even with all three rows up, it’s much bigger than most SUVs because it’s deep. Sure, luggage will have to sit on top of one another, but you can’t really argue with 960 litres. The third row folds flat, so if you only have five passengers but need a spot the size of a small lounge room to fit your drum kit, the 2220 litres of space lets you do that.