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Kia Carnival 2021

The 2021 Kia Carnival range of configurations is currently priced from $45,965. Our most recent review of the 2021 Kia Carnival resulted in a score of 9 out of 10 for that particular example.

Carsguide Contributing Journalist Byron Mathioudakis had this to say at the time: By recasting the MPV as ultra-modern, progressive and desirable while building on the practicality and functionality of what came before, the latest Carnival pushes out boundaries while simultaneously blurring them.

You can read the full review here.

This is what Byron Mathioudakis liked most about this particular version of the Kia Carnival: Great design, Excellent packaging, Comfortable ride

The 2021 Kia Carnival carries a braked towing capacity of up to 2000 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.

The Kia Carnival is also known as the Kia Sedona in markets outside Australia.

Kia Carnival 2021 Price and Specs

The Kia Carnival 2021 is currently available from $45,965 for the Carnival S up to $91,990 for the Carnival Platinum.

Pricing guides

$62,990
Based on 146 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$45,965
Highest Price
$91,990
Kia Carnival Model Body Type Specs Price from Price to
Platinum People mover 2.2L Diesel 8 SP AUTO $51,600 $65,230
Platinum People mover 3.3L ULP 8 SP AUTO $49,500 $62,590
S People mover 2.2L Diesel 8 SP AUTO $36,200 $46,860
S People mover 3.3L ULP 8 SP AUTO $32,300 $42,350
Platinum Wagon 2.2L Diesel 8 SP AUTO $55,300 $69,960
Platinum Wagon 3.5L ULP 8 SP AUTO $53,700 $67,870
S Wagon 2.2L Diesel 8 SP AUTO $40,100 $51,260
S Wagon 3.5L ULP 8 SP AUTO $38,000 $49,170
See All Kia Carnival 2021 Pricing and Specs

Kia Carnival 2021 Seats

Helping to boost headroom and reinforcing the Carnival’s car-like feel are lower seat heights, and the functionality of the removable centre seat in the second row has been expanded. 


It can now be slid all the way forward to enable easier access to a child seat from the front, or reversed so a parent can face a child seat in either of the other second row positions. It could also be used to face those in the third row, but has not been homologated for mounting a child seat on itself in this rear-facing configuration, even though it’s technically possible. This centre seat still doubles as a table with cupholders when folded, but no longer has wheels for making it easier to move around when in storage.


The second row of seats still slide and recline three ways, so considering the removable centre section there’s three ways to access the third row, all of which are miles easier than any SUV.


One big step over the previous Carnival is that five out of the six seats now have ISOFIX and top tether child seat mounts, so you can now carry five child seats fitted as safely as possible. Previously, there were only three ISOFIX and four top tether points spread across both rows. Now, only the centre third row seat is without a child seat mount, but it is likely too narrow for this to be possible anyway.

The third row is still one of the best in the business, with good room for two adults for long journeys, and while it is a bit narrower than the second row, most adults wouldn’t mind sitting three across for short journeys. Older kids no longer in child seats will be no problem though.

Kia Carnival 2021 Seats

Kia Carnival 2021 Interior

On the inside, the new Carnival continues Kia’s trend of pretty snazzy looking interiors, while still using sturdy materials for withstanding family use. 


One particularly nice detail in the Platinum is the 3D ambient lighting in the doors, but even the base S gets great colour and texture variety. 


All bar the base S get the nice and big 12.3 inch multimedia screen, where the S gets a still-decent 8-inch unit. But remember, only the smaller screen comes with wireless Android Auto and CarPlay. The rest need a USB cable.

Kia Carnival 2021 Dimensions

Dimensions for the 2021 Kia Carnival are dependent on which body type is chosen. The maximum width and height is 1995mm x 1775mm and can vary on the basis of model.

Dimensions for the Kia Carnival 2021 Dimensions  include 1740mm height, 1985mm width, 5115mm length.
Kia Carnival Model Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
S People mover 1740x1985x5115 mm 171 mm
SI People mover 1740x1985x5115 mm 171 mm
SLI People mover 1755x1985x5115 mm 171 mm
SLI People mover 1740x1985x5115 mm 171 mm
S Wagon 1775x1995x5155 mm 172 mm
SI Wagon 1775x1995x5155 mm 172 mm
SLI Wagon 1775x1995x5155 mm 172 mm
Platinum Wagon 1775x1995x5155 mm 172 mm
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Kia Carnival 2021 Boot Space

The Kia Carnival 2021 People mover has a boot space size of 1139 Litres.
Kia Carnival 2021 Boot space

Kia Carnival 2021 Accessories

You can pick the base S trim level by its 17-inch alloys, which means no more hubcaps and steel wheels for the base Carnival as we’ve seen in the past.


Its equipment highlights include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (yes, wireless) through an 8-inch multimedia screen, rear parking sensors, roof rails and all the most important safety features, which I’ll cover in detail under Safety. 


Note the S comes with a cast plastic steering wheel though, which is a bit cheap in a car of this price level.


The Si steps up to 18-inch alloys, plus a big 12.3 inch multimedia screen that only offers corded Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but adds eight-speaker audio, three-zone climate control, an artificial leather steering wheel and front parking sensors. 


The SLi has the same alloys as the Si, but scores artificial leather seat trim, tinted rear windows, proximity keys, power sliding doors and tailgate, 360-degree cameras and a few other minor details. 


The top of the range Platinum gets a whole new grille and black 19-inch alloys, wireless phone charger, 12-speaker Bose audio, twin electric sunroofs, heated steering wheel and first two rows of seats, ventilated front seats, memory adjustable front seats, retractable window blinds for the second and third row of seats and a rotary gear selector.

Kia Carnival 2021 Accessories

Kia Carnival 2021 Colours

The Carnival range offers five colours, two of which are silver, one is blue, one is grey, and one is a pearlescent white. Only the base silver is a free colour while the others carry a $695 price tag. Black and an additional blue shade are available on the SLi and Platinum only.

  • Ceramic Silver
  • Silky Silver
  • Astra Blue
  • Panthera Metal
  • Snow White Pearl
  • Deep Chroma Blue
  • Aurora Black
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Kia Carnival 2021 Towing capacity

The Kia Carnival has maximum towing capacity of 2000kg. Some models also offer heavy-duty or towing option packs which can increase towing capacity, as well as options which can hamper towing capacity. Towing capacities can vary wildly on a large number of factors. These include engine, transmission, model, and options chosen. Always check with the manufacturer or in your vehicles handbook before attempting to tow anything.

Kia Carnival Model Body Type Specs Braked Capacity
S People mover 3.3L,ULP,8 SP AUTO 2000kg
S People mover 2.2L,Diesel,8 SP AUTO 2000kg
SI People mover 3.3L,ULP,8 SP AUTO 2000kg
SI People mover 2.2L,Diesel,8 SP AUTO 2000kg
S Wagon 3.5L,ULP,8 SP AUTO 2000kg
S Wagon 2.2L,Diesel,8 SP AUTO 2000kg
SI Wagon 3.5L,ULP,8 SP AUTO 2000kg
SI Wagon 2.2L,Diesel,8 SP AUTO 2000kg
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Kia Carnival 2021 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Kia Carnival here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • What should I do to fix problems on a Kia Carnival 2009 that isn't covered by the warranty?

    This is precisely why I loathe the typical aftermarket warranties dished up by used-car yards. They are written very carefully to cover the stuff that won’t go wrong, and not cover the things that typically do fail or break. It’s often been said that these warranties are not worth the paper they’re written on, and here’s proof yet again.

    What does it matter if the engine failure was caused by a radiator that is blocked, broken, cracked or leaking? The bottom line is that a dud radiator (sold with the rest of the car) appears to have caused the car to overheat and destroy its engine. And yet the fine print of this warranty will allow the warranty company to wriggle out its responsibility to repair an engine it accepted money to cover. The ACCC should get involved in this grubby end of the car trade and sort it out. Now.

    As for your friend, I’m not sure what can be done. Allowing somebody with the right legal background to read the warranty might be a good idea. But the used-car dealers who profit from these warranties know the fine print backwards. And I suspect that even if the blocked radiator exclusion hadn’t scuppered her warranty cover, the fact that a previous owner did his own servicing (and therefore, no stamped service book) would have been an alternative get-out for the warranty company. Actually, that’s a thought: If the service book wasn’t fully stamped, should the warranty have even been offered when the car was sold? I’d be asking that of the car-yard.

    I’d also be asking who diagnosed the radiator as the problem. If your friend noticed coolant disappearing but not leaking on to the ground, I’d say that was more consistent with a blown head gasket – for which these early Carnivals were infamous. Find out if a blown head gasket is covered in the warranty. If it is, I’d be very suspicious about blaming the radiator. And yes, I’m absolutely suggesting that you’re potentially being lied to about the cause of the engine failure to move the official reason into an area not covered by the warranty. I reckon I’d be having the RACQ (which has a fair bit of clout in these matters) inspect the engine and rule on what caused the meltdown.

    Meantime, forget about a $7000 engine. Find a parts recycler (we used to call them wrecking yards) that specialises in second-hand engines and get a good, tested, used engine fitted. Just make sure it doesn’t have the same head gasket problem.

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  • What Does GUV Stand for?

    What does GUV stand for? Glad you asked. GUV is a relatively new term on the motoring landscape and, in bald terms, stands for Grand Utility Vehicle. The broad view is that it was an acronym first coined by Kia to describe its current-model Carnival on the basis that it was a step up in luxury from the average SUV and, therefore, needed a grander name; literally, Grand Utility Vehicle.

    Like a lot of marketing, of course, the name is more or less meaningless when it comes to being an actual descriptor for the vehicle in question. Yes, the Carnival is well equipped and luxurious for a family vehicle, but 'Grand'? Grammatically, there’s also scope to interpret the vehicle as having a grand level of utility which, given its eight-seat capacity and family friendliness it arguably achieves. Beyond that, however, the definition is rooted purely in the imaginations of the marketing department. Searching for more GUV meaning than that is unlikely to expand the sum of human knowledge.

    But now that Kia has slipped the genie from the bottle, you can expect to see the GUV tag applied to all sorts of vehicles formerly known as SUVs, both large and small, and both in Australia and globally. It’s also likely that the vehicles to adopt the GUV tag will be high-end versions of more prosaic SUVs, and there’s a good chance that the prestige brands might introduce the term to their brochures as well.

    That said, GUV could also disappear without a trace. The same thing happened to Toyota’s AUV (Action Utility Vehicle) tag a few years ago which was applied to variants of the HiLux range. But the AUV moniker has since been reclaimed by the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle industry which builds unmanned submarines to explore the undersea environment.

    There’s another reason GUV could disappear from car advertising and marketing: In the US, rising fuel prices have forced older, gas-guzzling SUVs into the driveways of a poorer demographic who can’t afford anything more efficient. At which point, as Urban Dictionary points out, the term GUV was coined to describe the 'Ghetto Utility Vehicle'.

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  • Kia Carnival 2018: Can the software be updated to support Android Auto?

    In short, no, there is no software upgrade available. The head unit was changed for the 2019 model, and it is the new unit that has the capability of Apple and Android compatibility.

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  • Kia Carnival 2005: Where can I find an electrical wiring manual?

    You can buy a workshop manual for the car on the Internet, and it contains a wiring diagram.

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Kia Carnival 2021 Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption for the 2021 Kia Carnival is dependent on the type of engine, transmission, or model chosen. The Kia Carnival currently offers fuel consumption from 6.5 to 10.8L/100km. The Kia Carnival is available with the following fuel types: Diesel and ULP.

Kia Carnival Model Body Type Specs Fuel Consumption
Platinum People mover 2.2L,Diesel,8 SP AUTO 7.6L/100km
Platinum People mover 3.3L,ULP,8 SP AUTO 10.8L/100km
Platinum Wagon 2.2L,Diesel,8 SP AUTO 6.5L/100km
Platinum Wagon 3.5L,ULP,8 SP AUTO 9.6L/100km
* Combined fuel consumption See All Kia Carnival 2021 Pricing and Specs

Kia Carnival 2021 Wheel size

Wheel size for the 2021 Kia Carnival will vary depending on model chosen, although keep in mind that many manufacturers offer alternate wheel sizes as options on many models.The wheel size available will alter the range of tyres available to be fitted.

Kia Carnival Model Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
S People mover 235x65 R17 235x65 R17
SI People mover 235x65 R17 235x65 R17
SLI People mover 235x60 R18 235x60 R18
Platinum People mover 235x55 R19 235x55 R19
S Wagon 235x65 R17 235x65 R17
SI Wagon 235x60 R18 235x60 R18
SLI Wagon 235x60 R18 235x60 R18
Platinum Wagon 235x55 R19 235x55 R19
See All Kia Carnival 2021 Wheel Sizes

Kia Carnival 2021 Speed

Kia doesn't make any claims regarding the Carnival's 0-100km/h acceleration or top speed, but the power output split between the petrol and the diesel engine, combined with all models weighing just under 2140kg gives a good indication of their relative performance. The 216kW petrol engine's extra 68kW over the 148kW diesel places it well ahead in terms of performance, and you can boast to your friends that your petrol Carnival has one more kilowatt than a VS HSV GTS. The HSV is around 500kg lighter, however.