Car India|July 2020

We have got our hands on the new people-mover from Kia to see how it stacks up as a road-trip-ready MPV
Harket Suchde

The lockdown has been challenging for a lot of us. the restriction on movement has been cumbersome, to say the least, but now with Project unlock in operation, there is light at the end of the tunnel. so, those of us who have an adventurous sort of disposition can begin planning our next big road trip. rovers, wanderers, nomads, vagabonds — call us what you will, we can begin putting together all the pieces of this particular puzzle as we wait for the all-clear from the authorities. and that spirit of exploration truly sizzles and begins to thrive when it is paired with the right set of wheels. could the new KIA carnival be that effervescent companion for those mile-munching road trips? well, you certainly wouldn’t bet against it based on its appearance. with a length extending beyond five metres and a wheelbase stretching beyond three, a width of just below two metres, and a height of about 1.8 metres, the carnival measures up to what can only be described as generous dimensions.

while MPVs or vans aren’t the most dynamic-looking machines out there, the carnival does have some visual appeal. it doesn’t look like it was designed by an altar boy belonging to the church of cubism — all boxes and rectangles. instead, it has a rugged, broad-chested, wide-shouldered stance that brings a little menace to a typically placid-looking genre. that sprawling front grille and substantial headlamps lend its visage an extra dose of aggression and while KIA have eschewed the cubist approach, for the most part, they have designed the fog-lamps in line with the philosophies of this art form and i quite like this little touch. the bold shoulder-line and broad bonnet accentuate the carnival’s physique and the uncomplicated rear end is delightful in its simplicity. the choice to opt for blacked-out pillars too is an inspired one as it makes the cabin look a little airy from the outside.


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July 2020