2003 Kia Carnival LS 2.5 from Australia and New Zealand
Acceptable for the price in comparison
The finish on the paintwork was well below par with white undercoat showing through the top coat. Negotiations are still being made for a re-spray after four months. In all a very cheap paint job.
Gear shift clunks from 1st to 2nd.
The new 2004 model's interior is a very disappointing colour with insufficient thought placed into it being a people (child) mover. The colours should have been darker for busy child's fingers.
Another disappointing feature of the interior is that the fabric goes all the way to the top of the doors. Fading of the fabric is a concern with it receiving the sun's full strength.
Visually the vehicle is very appealing however when driving the visibility to the rear and that of the bonnet is very limited.
The worst feature of the vehicle in my opinion is that of the 'turning circle'. Until one is use to it, (which is probably never) beware of oncoming traffic and tight situations. It is a very bad design.
The vehicle has been tried in various situations with thumbs up being given to it on steep inclines. The motor is probably still slightly underpowered.
The vehicle is quite comfortable and is very acceptable in slightly longer trips.
Two of the best features would be the dual opening side doors and the passageway from the front of the vehicle to the back.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th February, 2004