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Kia Carnival 2023

The 2023 Kia Carnival range of configurations is currently priced from $45,999.

Carsguide Senior Journalist Richard Berry had this to say at the time: The Kia Carnival in the Platinum grade is our winner as the best eight-seater fit for a family in this close comparison. The Carnival stands out with its unbeatable practicality, great value and easy driving nature.

You can read the full review here.

The 2023 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 2023 Price and Specs

The Kia Carnival 2023 is currently available from $45,999 for the Carnival S up to $83,990 for the Carnival Platinum.

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Platinum Wagon 2.2L Diesel 8 SP AUTO $62,590 $71,940
Platinum Wagon 3.5L ULP 8 SP AUTO $60,720 $69,740
S Wagon 2.2L Diesel 8 SP AUTO $45,320 $52,690
S Wagon 3.5L ULP 8 SP AUTO $43,450 $50,490
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Kia Carnival 2023 Seats

The Kia Carnival comes with eight seats (2/3/3). The second-row splits into thirds and have a ‘slide’ function, allowing access to the third row. There are ISOFIX child seat mounts on each middle row seat plus three top tether anchor points. With the right seats, you should be able to fit three child seats side by side. The third row is a 60/40 split fold and fold flat when not in use. The third row has ISOFIX child seat mounts on the outboard seats and two top tether anchor points. Cloth trim is standard for seat upholstery until you get into higher grades.

Kia Carnival 2023 Interior

The Kia Carnival’s dashboard is headlined by an 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia screen and a pleasing mix of soft touchpoints, synthetic trims throughout. A dual sunroof comes as standard on the Platinum grade.

Kia Carnival 2023 Interior

Kia Carnival 2023 Dimensions

Dimensions for the 2023 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 2023 Dimensions  include 1775mm height, 1995mm width, 5155mm length.
Kia Carnival Model Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
S Wagon 1775x1995x5155 mm 172 mm
SI Wagon 1775x1995x5155 mm 172 mm
SLI Wagon 1775x1995x5155 mm 172 mm
Special Edition Wagon 1775x1995x5155 mm 172 mm
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Kia Carnival 2023 Boot Space

The Carnival boasts a 627L boot capacity with all eight seats in use, and 2785L capacity with the third row folded down.

Kia Carnival 2023 Boot space

Kia Carnival 2023 Accessories

Standard equipment in the Kia Carnival includes: electric and heated outside mirrors, roof rails, 4.2-inch instrument panel, powered windows, five USB-A ports, two 12-volt ports, an 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, four bottle holders, nine cupholders, four phone holders, map pockets, MP3 compatible audio player, Apple CarPlay, wired Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, push-button start, reversing camera with guidelines and a space saver spare tyre.

Kia Carnival 2023 Accessories

Kia Carnival 2023 Colours

The Carnival has six standard colours - ‘Ceramic Silver’, ‘Astra Blue’, ‘Flare Red’, ‘Panthera Metal’, 'Deep Chroma Blue,' 'Aurora Black' and ‘Snow White Pearl’.

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

Kia Carnival 2023 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 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 2023 Q&As

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

  • What do I need to know about putting curtains in a 2007 Kia Carnival?

    I reckon an early Kia Carnival would make a great platform for a vanlife adventure. It's very unlikely there's a lot of wiring inside the door, and the only electrical wiring that leaps to mind might be a courtesy light for when you open the sliding door, and the little switch that controls it. So, try to find that switch (it's probably down low near the floor) and see if you can see where any wiring enters or leaves the door via the door jamb. Don't expect to see actual wires, as they probably run inside a black rubber boot or sheath to protect them.

    Again, it's very unlikely that there's wiring high up in the door near the window (which is where you need to curtain) but if you drill carefully and check the hole for any coloured wiring just as you punch through the metal, you should be fine. A strong torch will help with this, and disconnect the car's battery before drilling just in case you get mighty unlucky.

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  • Oil and filter problems with a new Kia Carnival 2.2l diesel

    There are two things you need to do. The first is to have the vehicle independently inspected. The RACV is very good for this as it has the resources and a reputation that the car industry respects. Once you've found out what really went wrong (as opposed to what the dealership may have told you on the spot) you can proceed. This will inform what happens next.

    If the engine failure was not the cause of a poorly fitted oil filter and was something to do with a manufacturing or materials flaw, then you have a case for a warranty claim. Bypass Kia's dealer network and contact the brand's customer service division at head office.

    If, however, the failure was caused by a lack of attention by the mechanic who carried out the last service, then the responsibility may rest with them. Mechanical workshops often have insurance to cover them against this sort of mistake but, regardless, if your mechanic was at fault, the problem becomes theirs in many cases.

    A modern vehicle like the Kia has a range of engine protection and warning systems to prevent this sort of thing happening. It seems strange that you didn't receive a dashboard warning regarding low oil level or low oil pressure in the moments before the engine failed.

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  • High oil usage in a 2019 Kia Carnival

    Some oil consumption is normal for engines, and modern engines seem to use a little more than some older designs. That's because modern engines are designed with low-friction piston rings which are great for fuel economy but can lead to slightly higher oil consumption. However, 700ml per 1000km does seem high for what is not an especially high-performance engine, and one that has not travelled very far in the scheme of things.

    It wouldn't be the first time a dealer (of any brand) has tried to fob off a customer concern with such a response, so I reckon you're on the right track by contacting Kia Australia's customer service division. I'd also follow up with a phone call as well as an email, but experience suggests Kia is one company that takes customer satisfaction seriously.

    Your car is still covered by the factory seven-year warranty, so provided it's been serviced correctly, if there is a fault, it should be covered. Further investigation is warranted, including a compression and leak-down test to show if there's any deterioration in the performance of the engine's piston rings. Your local state motoring club is a good source for these tests, particularly as manufacturers tend to take the clubs and their mechanical inspections seriously.

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  • 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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Kia Carnival 2023 Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption for the 2023 Kia Carnival is dependent on the type of engine, transmission, or model chosen. The Kia Carnival currently offers fuel consumption from 6.5 to 9.6L/100km. The Kia Carnival is available with the following fuel types: Diesel and ULP.

Kia Carnival Model Body Type Specs Fuel Consumption
Platinum Wagon 2.2L,Diesel,8 SP AUTO 6.5L/100km
Platinum Wagon 3.5L,ULP,8 SP AUTO 9.6L/100km
S Wagon 2.2L,Diesel,8 SP AUTO 6.5L/100km
S Wagon 3.5L,ULP,8 SP AUTO 9.6L/100km
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Kia Carnival 2023 Engine

The Carnival has two engines available - a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine (216kW/355Nm) and a 2.2-litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine (148kW/440Nm).

Kia Carnival 2023 Engine

Kia Carnival 2023 Wheel size

Wheel size for the 2023 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 Wagon 235x65 R17 235x65 R17
SI Wagon 235x60 R18 235x60 R18
SLI Wagon 235x60 R18 235x60 R18
Special Edition Wagon 235x55 R19 235x55 R19
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Kia Carnival 2023 Speed

Kia does not offer official 0-100km/h times for the Carnival. Independent testing places sprint times between 8.5 to 10 seconds, depending on variant. Expect a top speed around 150km/h.

Kia Carnival 2023 Range

The Carnival has a 72-litre fuel tank with an approximate range of 750km (petrol engine) and 1100km (turbo-diesel engine).